Top 8 Places to Camp in Pennsylvania

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

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

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1. HERSHEYPARK CAMPING RESORT

Hershey

Hersheypark Camping Resort pairs the great outdoors with all the fun of “the sweetest place on earth.” The 300-acre, full-service campground accommodates RVs and tents and also has furnished log cabins. Camping resort guests receive guaranteed reservations for admission to Hersheypark and 1-hour early access to the all-new coaster, Candymonium..

Insider Tip: All guests of Hersheypark Camping Resort receive free parking at Hersheypark.

2. ALLEGHENY NATIONAL FOREST

Marienville

From the rugged beauty of Kinzua Dam and the blue waters of Allegheny Reservoir to the 200+ miles of scenic hiking trails, Allegheny National Forest is a camper’s paradise. 20 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.

3. CHERRY SPRINGS STATE PARK

Coudersport

An astronomer’s dream, Cherry Springs State Park boasts some of the darkest skies and brightest stars on the Eastern Seaboard. The park has 30 campsites with picnic areas and is open the second Friday of April through the last weekend in October.

4. POCONO MOUNTAIN RESORTS

Pocono Mountains

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 various, seasonal outdoor activities. 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.

5. RAYSTOWN LAKE RECREATION AREA

Hesston

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.

6. GREATER READING CAMPGROUNDS

Reading

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 located in Shartlesville, and Mountain Springs Camping Resort located in Hamburg.

7. WOODLAND CAMPGROUND

Woodland

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.

8. BEAVER VALLEY FAMILY CAMPGROUND

Ottsville

Beaver Valley Family Campground is less than 5 miles from Lake Nockamixon State Park and Bucks County River Country. 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.

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