41 Private Campgrounds in which to Escape in PA’s Greater-than-Great Outdoors

Happy Travelers, what better way to get back to nature than with a private campground getaway for you and the family to enjoy?! We have 41 campgrounds to help you find your perfect outdoor getaway. Before starting out, be sure to check that your favored campground is taking reservations and for any specific requirements and COVID-related restrictions during this ever-evolving situation. Many of PA’s state parks also have campgrounds. See which state parks and services are open with this interactive map by PA’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Happy camping!

1. Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest

Butler County

Named National Park of the Year four times in recent years, Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest offers the perfect family vacation. Enjoy their laser tag battlefield, Gaga ball court, remote control car tracks, swimming pool, basketball court, 18-hole mini-golf, and more! Choose your camping style – from primitive tent to full-hook-up RV site to air-conditioned yurt and deluxe cabin complete with heat, air conditioning, TVs, and most of the amenities from home.

2. Higby’s Campground & Cottages

Crawford County

lakeside dockHigby’s Campground & Cottages at scenic Canadohta Lake is the perfect place for a summer vacation. Their 100+ site campground features large, wooded sites for tents and RVs, or rent one of their beautiful, recently remodeled cottages or cabins. Whether camper or cabin-stayer, all are welcome to enjoy the in-ground pool, boat docking facilities, pontoon boat rentals, and the large, beautiful lakefront.

3. Erie KOA Campground

Erie County

The Erie KOA Campground offers outdoor adventures galore for the entire family. Enjoy your ideal camping experience whether primitive tent site or camping cabin (no bathroom!), deluxe RV site complete with gas grill and patio furniture, or deluxe cabin with all the modern amenities. Go fishing or paddle boating in their catch and release pond, swim in the heated pool, ride their pedal carts and banana bikes, or pet and feed the goats.

4. Adventure Bound Camping Resorts - Shenango

Mercer County

campground with tentsAdventure Bound Camping Resorts-Shenango is the perfect place to park your RV or leave the RV at home and rent a basic cabin or their deluxe lodge, nestled in the woods and complete with linens, full kitchen, and flat-screen TVs. Enjoy a relaxing day kayaking along the river, taking a dip in the pool, trying your hand at Bocce Ball, or a host of other fun, family outdoor activities.

5. Chestnut Lake Campground

Monroe County

Located on 100 acres of natural splendor with scenic views of the mountains and the countryside in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, Chestnut Lake Campground offers highly affordable tent sites and partial and full hook-up RV sites. A perfect family getaway, the campground has a fun playground, swimming, boating and fishing in Chestnut Lake, full basketball court, volleyball area, and recreation hall.

6. Madison/Pittsburgh S.E. KOA

Westmoreland County

See who can land the biggest trout or catfish in the no-license-required lake at the Madison/Pittsburgh S.E. KOA‘s campground, then jump into the pool or onto the Jumping Pillow. Afterwards enjoy a friendly game of horseshoes, basketball, croquet, or Bocce ball, or simply enjoy the peace and quiet of the outdoors. You will find primitive tent sites and camping cabins (no bathroom!), RV sites, and deluxe cabins with some modern amenities at this beautiful tree-shaded campground.

7. Yellow Creek Campground

Indiana County

yellow creek campground signageEver dream about escaping to a beautiful, secluded island?! You can at Yellow Creek Campground! Enjoy a private island getaway surrounded by the Big Yellow Creek accessible only by footbridge. You will still be close enough to enjoy all the campground’s amenities and activities. Feeling a bit more sociable, then pick a primitive tent site, RV campsite, rustic cabin or their full-service cabin for your stay – all situated in a beautiful wooded setting.

8. Indian Creek Camplands

Fayette County

“Make Some Memories In The Mountains” at Indian Creek Camplands – one of the East Coast’s most rugged, private camping experiences available. No regular shower house or RV hook-ups here. Instead, fall asleep under some of the best night skies you will ever see. During the day, explore deep and steep woods, huge rocks, ancient trails, cool springs, and a private bit of Indian Creek in these greater than great outdoors.

9. Mason Dixon Campground

Somerset County

Get away to all things wild and wonderful at the Mason Dixon Campground and RV park. Enjoy summer camping at its best at almost 3,000 feet with endless outdoor activities to choose from including hiking, biking, boating, and sailing. Grab the family and your tent or RV and head on over for a beautiful waterfront scene.

10. Pioneer Park Campground

Somerset County

camping tentPioneer Park Campground is a fishing enthusiast’s paradise with three spring-fed lakes stocked weekly with all species of trout. No fishing license needed, but permits obtained on site are required. Park your RV or pitch a tent on a large, manicured grass-covered campsite, or reserve a cabin with all the modern amenities. Then, make some memories swimming in the Olympic-size pool, playing basketball, tennis, shuffleboard, mini-golf, horseshoes, volleyball, or at treasure hunts and paddleboat races.

11. Woodland Park Campground

Cambria County

Another fishing enthusiast’s paradise, the Woodland Park Campground has six private ponds stocked with trout, bass, blue gill, catfish, and carp of varying sizes and campers get to fish for free! Offering pull-through, pop-up, and tenting sites, there are plenty of activities including hiking, biking, volleyball, shuffleboard, horseshoes, and basketball to entertain the troops while your fishing enthusiast(s) is off hoping to land “the big one.”

12. Lake Raystown Family Camping Resort

Huntingdon County

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A Deeper Dive into Raystown

With more than 200 tent and RV sites, cabins, and a bunkhouse, the Lake Raystown Family Camping Resort offers the ultimate camping experience. Beautifully and centrally set atop Piney Ridge, the camping resort offers fun for everyone with a playground, weekly nature program, disc golf, sand volleyball court, basketball, horseshoes, soccer field, 60 acres of walking trails, a catch-and-release pond, and that newest sports craze – pickle ball.

13. Buttonwood Campground

Juniata County

boating on buttonwood lakeSurrounded by mountains, rolling farmlands, and fresh country air, Buttonwood Campground offers everything needed to make your camping vacation and escape to the great outdoors complete. Pitch your tent, park your RV, or rent one of their cabins that range from rustic to premium. Grab your clubs, go canoeing or kayaking, or their many activities, including visiting their on-site winery before heading to the Juniata River for scenic views of nature’s beauty.

14. Pleasant Hills Campground

Huntingdon County

Located in the beautiful Raystown Lake area, Pleasant Hills Campground offers a wonderful family-oriented camping experience with 140 shaded tent and RV sites and a rustic cabin to rent with air conditioning and water accessible outside. The campground is near Seven Points Marina and the Allegrippis biking and hiking trails, but there’s no need to leave the grounds for fun times with its swimming pool, gameroom, mini-golf, playground, and many other activities.

15. Woodland Campground

Clearfield County

Woodland Campground offers a beautiful, peaceful family retreat with full hook-up drive thru sites that can handle the largest RV’s; shaded and open sites, cozy family cabin rentals, and even travel trailer rentals. Relax and fish at their catch and release lake or take out one of their kayaks or peddle boats. Play a game of horseshoes or volleyball, hike and bike their woodland trails. Even your furry friend will enjoy its stay, romping off-leash in their pet play area.

16. Forest Ridge Cabins and Campgrounds

Forest County

cabin houseLocated in the heart of the Allegheny National Forest, Forest Ridge Cabins and Campgrounds is a quiet, pet friendly, family campground. There are 38 acres of generously-sized campsites and beautiful, pet-free and pet-friendly luxury cabins that come complete with all the modern amenities including private hot tubs. Enjoy their heated pool and other traditional campground activities or explore nature with the Clarion River, Buzzard Swamp Bird Sanctuary, Minister Creek, and Beaver Meadows all just a short distance away.

17. Allentown KOA

Lehigh County

Nestled in a mountain valley, the secluded 40-acre Allentown KOA campground offers a serene setting with a quiet stream that flows the entire length of the property. Tent campers can enjoy the tranquility of large stream-side sites with water and electric, while sites for those with an RV are nearby with partial to full hook-ups. Enjoy their two playgrounds, panning for gemstones, a challenging game of nine-hole mini-golf, basketball, volleyball, a swimming pool that is heated on weekends, the on-site hiking trail, and trout fishing for those with a license.

18. Fantasy Island Campground

Northumberland County

Located on Packer Island along the banks of the Susquehanna River, Fantasy Island Campground has about 100 sites, each with water, electric, and sewer hook-ups, and a poured concrete patio, as well as cabin and RV rentals to enjoy a stay at the campground. Play a round of golf on the 9-hole mini golf course, get a competitive volleyball, horseshoes, shuffleboard, or cornhole game going with the entire family, or enjoy a leisurely swim in the heated pool or barrel train ride.

19. Splash Magic Campground

Northumberland County

splash magic campgroundAs if a waterpark complete with water slides, in-ground pools, a kiddie splash area, and foam pit weren’t enough fun, Splash Magic Campground also offers row boats, paddle boats, bumper boats, miniature golf, pedal bikes, water trikes, and miniature golf for the whole family to enjoy. With hundreds of spacious campsites and RV sites, plus a wide selection of clean, comfortable cabins, each with all the modern amenities and its own fire ring, charcoal grill, and picnic table to make your stay complete.

20. Penn Avon Campground

Snyder County

Whether you prefer a wooded, shaded, or open campsite, Penn Avon Campground offers a quiet respite with just 65 sites, several of which are right along Penn’s Creek, in which to set up your tent or park the RV. Enjoy the playground or a rousing game of horseshoes or quoits, fish in the creek, and then explore the shops and quaint, colonial atmosphere of nearby Selinsgrove, located just two miles away, or many of the other attractions the area has to offer.

21. Shady Oaks Family Campground

Lebanon County

father daughter camp fireShady Oaks Family Campground is the ideal place for your whole family to enjoy the great outdoors. Nestled in the small community of Newmanstown and surrounded by Amish heritage and the peaceful countryside, the campground offers tent sites with and without electricity and RV sites. Enjoy swimming in the pool, sand volley ball, shuffleboard, horseshoes, or simply hiking at this beautiful and serene spot.

22. Twin Grove RV Resort & Cottages

Schuylkill County

Pull your RV into one of the full-service campsites or rent a cottage at Twin Grove RV Resort & Cottages. With two pools with slides, a restaurant, arcade, kiddie rides, ice cream shop, mini golf, fitness center, volleyball court, horseshoes, tetherball, basketball, and disc golf, there’s always plenty to do. If you’re looking for a bit more outdoor adventure, the 3,500-acre Swatara State Park is located right next door where you can hike, bike, fish, kayak, wildlife watch, and even hunt for fossils.

23. Funny Farm Lodging

Susquehanna County

dogIf you’re looking for a chill place to enjoy nature and the quiet of the woods, Funny Farm Lodging has 28 glorious acres on land that once comprised the Bennett Farm dating back to 1834. Stay in one of their unique lodging properties or at a beautiful, secluded, private campsite. Explore and lend a hand if you want on the organic farm where chickens roam free, honey bees are busy buzzing to and fro, and Destiny the Arabian diva is always available for a photo shoot.

24. Pioneer Campground

Sullivan County

Situated at an elevation of 2,300 feet on 80 acres atop Sonestown Mountain, enjoy the refreshing mountain breezes while camping at a large, wooded remote or primitive campsite, full hook-up site, rustic cabin or fully furnished deluxe cottage at Pioneer Campground. Here, you can step back in time and relax at a slower pace in the unspoiled mountain environment and amidst abundant wildlife.

25. Cozy Creek Family Campground

Wyoming County

swimming poolSpacious sites to suit every camping style and deluxe cabins for those who’d prefer not to rough it , fun activities, and a family friendly atmosphere are waiting for you at Cozy Creek Family Campground in the historic town of Tunkhannock. Nestled along the Tunkhannock Creek, the campground’s mottos is, "Come as friends, leave as family," with theme weekends, fire truck and wagon rides, mini golf, jumping pillow, swimming pool, and the Tunkhannock creek to enjoy.

26. Gettysburg Campground

Adams County

Bordered by beautiful Marsh Creek with both shady and sunny RV sites, a primitive tent area along the creek, rustic cabins, and cottages with all the modern amenities, you may find it hard to believe Gettysburg Campground is located just three miles outside the town center. Enjoy a whole host of activities including swimming pool, mini-golf, playground, fishing, hayrides, sand volleyball, shuffleboard, horseshoes, softball field, bingo, and game room. You can also book a tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield

27. Dogwood Acres Campground

Cumberland County

Located at the foot of Blue Mountain, Dogwood Acres Campground is the perfect spot to enjoy some peace, quiet, and relaxation with plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained including fishing, swimming, volleyball, hiking, and frisbee golf. The campground has 100 spacious and shaded full hook-up sites, tent sites, and three styles of cabins ranging from primitive to deluxe (furnished with a handicapped-accessible toilet and sink), and premium with all the comforts of home.

28. Hersheypark Camping Resort

Dauphin County

Hersheypark Camping ResortJust down the street from Hersheypark, The “Sweetest Place on Earth,”® is the Hersheypark Camping Resort. The resort offers more than 300 open and shaded sites including full hook-up, partial, and no-hook-up tent sites, as well as deluxe cabins with indoor plumbing and log cabins without. Along with a host of resort activities all its own, staying at the resort gets you some sweet perks at the amusement park including early access and extended evening hours, preferred pricing at all Hersheypark properties, and front gate shuttle service.

29. Little Red Barn Campground

Bucks County

red barn campground swimming poolMake wonderful family memories and friends that last a lifetime at the Little Red Barn Campground. Offering both a variety of tent campsites and clean, spacious, grassy and wooded RV sites, the campground is a scenic and serene place to spend your vacation. Swim in the pool, enjoy a rousing game of volleyball, basketball, or horseshoes, and have fun in the game room. There are so many ways to make amazing family memories during your camping vacation.

30. Tohickon Family Campground

Bucks County

Nestled along the Tohickon Creek, Tohickon Family Campground has 200 campsites for tent campers and RVers. Those seeking a primitive tent site score a creekside spot, each featuring a picnic table, fire ring, and simply pure nature. Other sites with a mix of electric, water and sewer hookups are just steps away from the creek.

31. Brandywine Creek Campground

Chester County

Brandywine Creek Campground is a lovely wooded, tranquil campground located on the banks of East Brandywine Creek. They feature acres of manicured lawns, a large fishing pond, in-ground pool, playground, and best yet – the creek is stocked with trout. For those with a bit of wanderlust, pitch your tent or park you RV at one of their full hook-up sites and then go explore Amish Country, Valley Forge, or spend a day at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom.

32. Crooked Creek Campground

Tioga County

crooked creek signageWith 125 generous tent and RV sites that range from primitive to full hook-ups, three semi-rustic cabins, two pavilions, playgrounds, and a swimming area, the lush landscape of Crooked Creek Campground offers a peaceful, family-oriented camping experience that is ideal for the whole family. The campground is in close proximity to nearby area attractions, such as the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, the 62-mile Pine Creek Rail Trail, and Cherry Springs State Park where you can enjoy nature at its best.

33. Homestead Family Campground

Bucks County

Reconnect with nature at Homestead Family Campground where you can hear the birds sing in the morning, spy crayfish in the creek, swim in the spring-fed pool, fish in the catch and release pond, hike trails, climb rocks, or just relax by the fire making wonderful family memories and maybe even a few s’mores. Located on 35 park-like acres, the campground is a nature lover’s paradise, albeit with water, electric; and cable at each of their spacious and wooded sites with sewer services at some.

34. Austin Campground

Potter County

austin campgroundsYou’re guaranteed to never be bored at the Austin Campground. You might even run out of time before you’ve had a chance to enjoy all the super fun activities they offer – archery, paintball, crafts, giant checkers, volleyball, softball, horseshoes, baggo toss, ladder golf, ice cream making, pot luck dinners, wine & cheese parties, fishing, hiking, hayrides, bingo, marshmallow making, playground, duck races, candy making, disc golf, and soda making. If that’s not enough, they have everything you need to enjoy a great camping get away including picnic tables, fire rings, a clean shower house (essential for camping!), primitive camping sites, and full-service RV sites. Cherry Springs State Park is nearby for some of the best stargazing in the northeast.

35. Moyer’s Lake and Campground

Lehigh County

If you love to camp and fish, Moyer’s Lake and Campground is the place for you. Their 10-acre catch & release bass fishing and boating lake is a great place to kick back and relax, or try to snag a no-release trout from their two trout fishing areas – no fishing license required! Bring the kids who get to fish in their own Kids Pond. Each of their wooded campsites features water and electric as you enjoy nature's beauty on your getaway.

36. Jim Thorpe Camping Resort

Carbon County

In a lovely wooded setting, the Jim Thorpe Camping Resort offers primitive camp sites, full hook-ups for your RV, and cabins with electricity. Grab your bike and hit the scenic trail or go boating and fishing on Beltzville Lake. No matter the activity, you’re bound to make memories at this camping resort.

37. Harts Content Campground

Beaver County

wooden cabinHarts Content Campground is a quiet, family campground. Choose the style of camping that is perfect for your family whether primitive tent site, full hook-up RV site, true rustic cabin, or large cabin with all the modern amenities. Enjoy their playground, beanbag and horseshoe courts, volleyball, Bingo and hayrides, or some nearby fishing and golf.

38. Cranberry Run Campground

Monroe County

Cranberry Run Campground offers a tranquil, woodland setting for both RV and tent camping. Tent campers can enjoy private hike-in sites or to be more centrally located with running water and electricity. Each RV site has water, electricity, sewer, a picnic table, and fire ring perfect for late-night fires and cookouts. Enjoy their refreshing pool and fishing pond, playground, horseshoe pits, and volleyball or the Game Room with pool tables, air hockey, and arcade.

39. Otter Lake Camp Resort

Monroe County

fishing on Otter LakeWith hiking trails, an outdoor lakeside swimming pool with diving area, heated indoor pool and heated kiddie pool, hot tub, children’s splash park, lighted tennis courts, racquetball courts, basketball court and softball field, four playgrounds, horseshoes, shuffleboard, fire truck rides, and game room, there’s so much to enjoy at Otter Lake Camp-Resort. Centered around a glistening 60-acre lake perfect for boating (only electric motors please), swimming, and challenging bass fishing (no fishing license required!), the campground is a perfect getaway with partial and full hook-up RV sites.

40. Woodhaven Acres Campground & Cabins

McKean County

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Surround yourself in quiet, shaded lots at the campsites at Woodhaven Acres Campground & Cabins, conveniently located only five minutes from the shoreline of the Allegheny Reservoir in the Allegheny National Forest. The campsite is also pet friendly, so bring your furry pals along for the trip. Roast some tasty marshmallows around the fire ring to end your day of adventures.

41. Whispering Winds Campground

Warren County

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Whispering Winds Campground

Gather up your family and friends and come enjoy the beautiful mountain views of the great outdoors at the Whispering Winds Campground. Listen to the babbling brook and the trees rustling in the wind during your peaceful hike or explore the many scenic attractions in the Allegheny National Forest with your family.

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