Where to Camp


Select a region from the map or from the links below, or zoom in on the map for links to the parks.


This region map highlights the north part of Pennsylvania.

 

North

This listing has where to camp in the north.

This region map highlights the south part of Pennsylvania.

South

This listing has where to camp in the south.

 

This region map highlights the east part of Pennsylvania.

East

This listing has where to camp in the east.

This region map highlights the west part of Pennsylvania.

West

This listing has where to camp in the west.



Where to Camp ...


... At the Water's Edge


Clear Creek State Park - Clarion River

Cowans Gap State Park - 42-acre Cowans Gap Lake

Gifford Pinchot State Park - 340-acre Pinchot Lake

Kettle Creek State Park - Kettle Creek

Keystone State Park - 78-acre Keystone Lake

Locust Lake State Park - 52-acre Locust Lake

Ole Bull State Park - Kettle Creek

Prince Gallitzin State Park - 1,635-acre Glendale Lake

Promised Land State Park - 422-acre Promised Land Lake

Pymatuning State Park - 17,088-acre Pymatuning Reservoir

Yellow Creek State Park - 720-acre Yellow Creek Lake


... To Hike


Cook Forest State Park - 29 miles of trails, National Natural Landmark

French Creek State Park - 35 miles of trails

Hickory Run State Park - 44 miles of trails, National Natural Landmark

Laurel Ridge State Park - 70 miles of trails, Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, backpacking

Ohiopyle State Park - 79 miles of trails, Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, backpacking, Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, National Natural Landmark

Oil Creek State Park - 52 miles of trails, backpacking

Prince Gallitzin State Park - 32 miles of trails

Promised Land State Park - 50 miles of trails

Raccoon Creek State Park - 44 miles of trails, backpacking, Wildflower Reserve

Ricketts Glen State Park - 26 miles of trails, 22 named waterfalls, National Natural Landmark


... To Leave the Crowds Behind


Cherry Springs State Park - darkest skies in the northeast

Colton Point State Park - Pine Creek Gorge, a National Natural Landmark

Fowlers Hollow State Park - a good base for those seeking low-density recreation on Tuscarora State Forest

Patterson State Park - trailhead for the Susquehannock Trail, a favorite of backpackers

Penn-Roosevelt State Park - a good base for those seeking low-density recreation on Rothrock State Forest

Ravensburg State Park - unique rock formations, and a good base for those seeking low-density recreation on Tiadaughton State Forest

Simon B. Elliott State Park - near Interstate 80


... To See National Natural Landmarks


Colton Point State Park - Pine Creek Gorge, scenic gorge also known as Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon

Cook Forest State Park - Forest Cathedral, a stand of old growth white pine and hemlock

Hickory Run State Park - Boulder Field, a sea of boulders created by freeze-thaw action associated with the Laurentide Continental Glacier

Leonard Harrison State Park - Pine Creek Gorge, scenic gorge also known as Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon

Ohiopyle State Park - Ferncliff Peninsula, contains old growth timber and unique plant species

Ricketts Glen State Park - Glens Natural Area, 22 named waterfalls in a scenic glen of old growth pines, hemlocks and oaks

Explore Natural Areas for more information


... To See Wildlife and Natural Features


Bald Eagle State Park - birding destination, diverse habitats

Black Moshannon State Park - reconstructed bog, diverse habitats

Blue Knob State Park - 2nd highest point in Pennsylvania, many overlooks

Clear Creek State Park - Wild and Scenic Clarion River passes through the park

Colton Point State Park - Pine Creek Gorge overlooks

Hickory Run State Park - 3 state park natural areas, waterfall, diverse habitats

Leonard Harrison State Park - Pine Creek Gorge overlooks

Ohiopyle State Park - birding destination, river valley, diverse habitats, scenic overlooks, waterfalls

Pymatuning State Park - birding destination, large lake, Blackjack Swamp

Raccoon Creek State Park - Wildflower Reserve, diverse habitats

Sinnemahoning State Park - Wildlife Center, elk

Trough Creek State Park - waterfall, Balanced Rock, overlook


... To Learn About Pennsylvania History


Clear Creek State Park - Civilian Conservation Corps and logging

Cook Forest State Park - Civilian Conservation Corps and logging

Frances Slocum State Park - American Indian history

Greenwood Furnace State Park - Iron Industry: National Register of Historic Sites

Keystone State Park - coal mining

Laurel Hill State Park - Civilian Conservation Corps,  logging

Little Buffalo - grist mill

Oil Creek State Park - early oil industry

Parker Dam State Park - Civilian Conservation Corps, logging

Pine Grove Furnace State Park - Iron history: National Register of Historic Sites, Appalachian Trail Museum

Promised Land State Park - Civilian Conservation Corps

Trough Creek State Park - iron industry