Top Places to Camp in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania campsites are at the ready to help visitors experience the grandeur of "Penn's Woods." 

Family camping

There’s no better way to enjoy the natural beauty of the Pennsylvania Wilds, a hike in the Pocono Mountains or mountain biking in the Alleghenies than by camping in Pennsylvania.

Hershey Park Camping Resort

Hershey Park Camping Resort pairs the great outdoors with all of fun of “the sweetest place on earth.” The 300-site, full-service campground accommodates RVs and tents, and also has furnished log cabins. Camping resort guests receive discounted admission to HersheyPark, Hershey Gardens and The Hershey Story, and have access to a complimentary shuttle bus service to HersheyPark.

Allegheny National Forest

From the rugged beauty of Kinzua Dam and the blue waters of Allegheny Reservoir to its more than 600 scenic hiking trails, Allegheny National Forest is a camper’s paradise. Ten campgrounds are available for RV and tent camping. Dewdrop, Kiasutha, Red Bridge, Tracy Ridge and Willow Bay campgrounds welcome trailers, motor homes and tents, while the five other campgrounds are only reachable by hike or boat.

Cherry Springs State Park

An astronomer’s dream, Cherry Springs State Park in Coudersport boasts some of the darkest skies and brightest stars on the Eastern Seaboard. The park has 30 campsites with picnic areas and is open from April through November.  Four small observation domes are available for rent at the park for serious stargazers (telescopes not included).

Pocono Mountain Resorts

Otter Lake Camp Resort in Marshalls Creek and Mountain Vista Campground in East Stroudsburg provide traditional campground experiences while keeping each member of the family entertained with activities like racquetball, basketball, tennis and swimming. For those that prefer to rest their head indoors, Mountain Springs Lake Resort in Reeders has fully furnished cabins and cottages with access to fishing and  hiking on 325 acres of emerald forests.

Raystown Lake Recreation Area

Raystown Lake Recreation Area supplies a variety of lodging options, including vacation homes, houseboats, bed and breakfasts, cabins, cottages and resorts. However, some of the best experiences can be gained in the area’s intimate, tree-sheltered campgrounds, which offer close access to trails and lake activities.

Greater Reading Campgrounds

Enjoy the natural beauty of Reading with a tent, cabin or RV as your home base. Accessible to the Appalachian Trail to the north and the picturesque Amish Country to the southwest, campers can find a variety of terrain and activities to choose from in Greater Reading. Popular facilities include the Robin Hill Camping Resort in Lenhartsville, Sun Valley Campground in Bowmansville, Appalachian RV Resort and Mountain Springs Camping Resort, both located in Shartlesville.

Woodland Campground

Clearfield County, host to five private properties, offers a wide array of facilities to meet every camper’s comfort level. Woodland Campground features a cabin, RV space and tent sites, while the West Branch Susquehanna River is a favorite for canoers and kayakers.

Beaver Valley Family Campground

Offering lodging ranging from wooded and open RV and tent sites to air-conditioned cabins, the campground also has amenities that include a game room, swimming pool, and basketball courts. Beaver Valley in Ottsville is five miles from Lake Nockamixon State Park and Bucks County River Country.

More Info

Find the perfect Pennsylvania campgroundcabin or cottage to get back to nature with your family this summer. If you’d prefer to simply hike through the state’s scenic spots (and spend the night in a warm, cozy bed!), our hiking listings can help you find the perfect spot to lace up your boots.

Learn more about the types of camping available in Pennsylvania.

For information on all there is to see and do outside in Pennsylvania throughout the year, check out our Pennsylvania Outdoor Adventure Guide.

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