Whether you like sleeping close to nature in a tent or relaxing in style in an RV, camping in a state park gives you the inside view to explore history, natural areas and fun activities for the entire family. If you don't want to bring your own equipment, check out the Lodging page for how to rent a cabin, yurt, cottage or stay in an inn.
If you've never camped, or haven't camped in years, we've got two programs to help. Our First-time Camper program is for people who have never camped in a Pennsylvania State Park. Our Family Camping programs are for those who want guided, hands-on help camping.
Explore Recreation to see what types of recreational opportunities are available in parks.
Pets in Campgrounds
Pennsylvania State Parks allows pets in designated campsites in most state park campgrounds. Specific pet camping guidelines govern this program and are listed below. For designated campgrounds and campsites explore the Pets in Campground Factsheet.
Other state parks will continue to prohibit pets in overnight areas.
No more than two non-caged pets are allowed to stay on any one campsite.
For reservations, call toll-free, 888-PA-PARKS, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. These parks have limited pet sites so be sure to specify to the call center operator that you desire a campsite that permits pets.
Explore Where to Camp for a listing of parks that allow pets campgrounds.
What is a Pet?
A house pet is limited to any dog or cat commonly kept in household captivity, or a caged pet.
A caged pet is an animal that will not be released from its cage for the duration of its stay in the state park, like birds and hamsters.
A pet is not livestock, like horses, cows, pigs, sheep and goats.
A pet is not a vicious or dangerous animal, like any animal with a history of attacking without provocation.
Pet Camping Guidelines
More information is available at any Pennsylvania state park office or by calling 888-PA-PARKS.