With gorgeous views, historical sites, rugged terrain, vast wildlife and some of the darkest skies on the eastern seaboard it’s no wonder visitors love to get lost in the great outdoors of Pennsylvania. Spending the night next to the quiet of hills, valleys, gorges and waterfalls at sites throughout the commonwealth is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Otter Lake - Pocono Mountains
This all-season campground offers guest a getaway guaranteed to be fun and relaxing. Those looking for an adventure can participate in activities like golfing, boating and fishing in the summer and skiing, sledding and snowmobile riding in the winter. Looking for a more relaxing vacation? Take in the serene surroundings by the 60-acre lake, swim in the indoor pool or take in a quiet night by the campfire. Otter Lake has both camper parking and traditional tent sites.
Raccoon Creek State Park - Pittsburgh and its Countryside
Raccoon Creek State Park has a variety of camping facilities, including traditional tent sites, five Adirondack shelters for backpackers and 10 modern cabins. Must-sees attractions near the park include the 314-acre Wildflower Reserve, where more than 700 species of plants have been identified, and Frankfort Mineral Springs, a famous resort complex in the 1800s that attracted visitors who believed in the healing qualities of the mineral water.
Cherry Springs State Park - Pennsylvania Wilds
Named for the large black cherry trees in the park, Cherry Springs State Park is known for having some of the darkest skies on the eastern seaboard. Thirty cabins are situated nearby, making this park an ideal place for stargazing. For added adventure, the neighboring Susquehanna Trail offers 85 miles of backpacking and hiking.
Greenwood Furnace State Park - The Alleghenies
Nestled in the Seven Mountains region of central Pennsylvania, this state park is home to many historical buildings Greenwood Furnace, a once thriving iron-making village. Visitors can stay overnight in one of the campgrounds and enjoy guided tours, swimming, fishing, boating and hiking.
Knoebles - Valleys of the Susquehanna
The fun doesn’t end after a long day of thrilling rides at Knoebles Amusement Resort. Visitors can stay on the grounds all night at the park’s very own campground. From cottages to cabins to rustic camp sites and camper parking, guests at this park can turn a simple day at the park into a fun family vacation.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Campground - Laurel Highlands
Join in the fun of Yogi Bear’s world at the family favorite Jellystone Campground. Visitors can stay in themed cabins like Yogi’s Bunk House and Boo Boo’s Bungalow, and the park offers everything from water wars and playgrounds to paintball, waterslides and mini golf. Whether old or young, families are sure to have a blast at this award-winning campground in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Artillery Ridge - Dutch Country Roads
History buffs looking for the full Civil War-era experience jump at the chance to stay at Artillery Ridge. The site is the closest campground to the famous Gettysburg battlefields and gives guests the opportunity to explore the grounds the same way many of the soldiers did, by horseback. In addition to the guided tours, guests can also view a model battlefield diorama and relax that the campground’s pool.
Virginia’s Beach - Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region
Take a plunge into the great outdoors at Virginia’s Beach Campground located on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie. Visitors can stay at a classic campsite with their tent or take a more modern approach and stay in one of the site’s lakefront cottages or cabins. Because of its proximity to the lake, Virginia’s Beach is a great place for swimming, jet skiing, fishing and boating.
Leonard Harrison & Colton Point State Parks - Pennsylvania Wilds
Leonard Harrison to the east and Colton Point to the west offer spectacular vistas and a fabulous view of Pine Creek Gorge, also known as Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon. After a night at one of the park’s traditional camping facilities, get ready to hike the rugged terrain. Many of the trails have steep cliffs providing beautiful views of the gorge.