If you like sleeping under the stars in the midst of Penn’s Woods, now’s the time to plan your next getaway. In late summer, campgrounds are less busy—especially on weekdays. To find your next cabin or site, explore our list of top spots below.
1. Hersheypark Camping Resort
Hersheypark Camping Resort pairs the great outdoors with all the fun of “the sweetest place on earth.” This full-service, 55-acre, year-round campground accommodates RVs and tents and also has furnished log cabins. Camping resort guests receive guaranteed reservations for admission to Hersheypark and one-hour early access to selected rides. Plus, campers can enjoy a variety of recreation, including two swimming pools and a kiddie pool open Memorial Day through Labor Day, an indoor game room, playgrounds, a community s’mores area, basketball, volleyball, and shuffleboard courts, and campground activities.
Insider Tip: All guests of Hersheypark Camping Resort receive free parking at Hersheypark.
2. Allegheny National Forest
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 (ANF) is a camper’s paradise. More than 15 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. Offering cabins, rustic cabins, and a full range of campsite amenities and recreational activities in the ANF, many sites are open year-round.
3. Allegheny River Campground
Located along the river, Allegheny River Campground is a full-service campground located on historic Route 6 and the Allegheny River in the beautiful Pennsylvania Wilds. Offering primitive and new glamping tent sites, full-service cabins, 50-amp sewer hookup sites, and vintage RV rentals, this popular campsite is close to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon and Cherry Park Dark Skies attractions.
4. Bear Run Campground
Spend a night under the stars at Bear Run Campground. Surrounded by woods, this rustic campground provides a top-rated family camping or cabin experience and has immediate access to Lake Arthur’s shoreline and hiking at Moraine State Park. Choose from a variety of lodging options and enjoy on-site amenities and outdoor activities.
5. Cherry Springs State Park
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 of October.
6. 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 various seasonal outdoor activities. For those who 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.
7. Seven Points Campground at Raystown Lake
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. There are seven camping loops with access to the Old Loggers Trail, Allegrippis Trails, Hillside Nature Trail, Seven Points Beach, Seven Points Marina, and the Raystown Lake Visitors Center. Seven Points has shoreline and inland sites available.
8. 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 Sun Valley RV Campground in Narvon, Appalachian RV Campground located in Shartlesville, and Mountain Springs Camping Resort located in Hamburg.
9. Woodland Campground
Settled in the heart of Clearfield County, Woodland Campground features a cabin, RV space, and tent sites, while the West Branch of the Susquehanna River is a favorite for canoers and kayakers.
10. Nockamixon State Park
With more than 5,000 acres, Nockamixon State Park is the perfect location for a camping getaway. Visitors can stay in a cabin or enjoy swimming, picnics, biking and hiking trails, boating, fishing, and hunting.
11. Hidden Valley Camping Resort
Hidden Valley is a family-friendly camping resort located in the scenic Susquehanna River Valley near R. B. Winter State Park. With many amenities, there are activities for the entire family to enjoy. Join us for a relaxing paddle boat ride on the lake, miniature golf, swimming in our two pools, ceramics workshop or just enjoy the beautiful scenery. We offer everything from full hookup to primitive wooded tent sites to get away from it all!
12. Knoebels Campground
Enjoy camping at its best and include a visit to the campgrounds at Knoebels Amusement Resort. After a day of riding, playing, and swimming, campers will be just steps away from the crackling campfire for singsongs and s’mores – satisfying all of your summer cravings in one.
13. Beaver Valley Family Campground
Beaver Valley Family Campground is only five 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 including a game room, swimming pool, and basketball courts.
14. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort
One of the best camping experiences in Lancaster County, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort offers both campsites and cabins, and a host of events throughout the season. Campers will have access to a variety of activities like hayrides, outdoor laser tag, the incredible Yogi Bear’s Water Zone, mini golf, swimming pools, and jumping pillows for the ultimate summer getaway.
15. Alpine Meadow Lakes Campground
Situated on beautiful 200 acres, Alpine Meadow Lakes Campground has two lakes, seasonal and year-round sites, vacation rentals available, pavilion, fishing, boating, and 1.9 miles of walking trails. Surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Bradford County!
16. Racoon Creek State Park
An overnight outdoor adventure is waiting for you in the serene Raccoon Creek State Park, one of Pennsylvania’s largest state parks encompassing 7,572 acres of beautiful woodlands, wildlife, and trails. The park has modern campsites offering access to electricity and other amenities for your RV or glamping pleasure, to a true rustic camping experience for those who prefer to rough it.
17. Black Moshannon State Park
Put #HappyValleyPA camping on your #PABucketList this season with a trip to Black Moshannon State Park near Philipsburg for a remote getaway perfect for hiking, camping, boating, and fishing, and just minutes from world-class restaurants and attractions.
18. Alparon Park
Alparon Park amenities include RV camping, water and electrical hook-ups, shower facilities and dump station, wireless internet, and a great location near the creek. Enjoy tennis and basketball courts, walking facilities, proximity to a local swimming pool, miniature golf, ice cream store, and other activities. There is camping with water and sewer hook ups, and a community swimming pool.
19. Shady Rest Campground
Open year round, Shady Rest Campground features 35 upgraded sites, all with water, sewer and metered 30 and/or 50-amp electric, cable television, and laundry service. Several sites will accommodate RVs up to 40 feet in length. Within a short walking distance is the Tunkhannock Creek, an idyllic spot for swimming.
20. Pioneer Campground
Pioneer Campground offers both rustic cabins and furnished cottages with large, wooded hook-up sites. Amenities include a heated pool, game room, playground, planned activities, and Wi-Fi. Open early April through early December, schedule your stay at this ideal mountain getaway.
21. Forest Ridge Campground & Cabins
Forest Ridge Campground & Cabins is one of the best places to stay when planning a trip to explore the vast Allegheny National Forest. This family friendly campground is open all year and provides visitors with access to a sparkling heated pool and large, level campsites to call home.
22. Riverview Campsites
Riverview Campsites offer a secluded stay off highway 555 to camp in your tent, camper or RV. Immerse in the wildlife of Pennsylvania: guests often see elk, fish, deer, bald eagles, and more. They have a variety of sites on level grass or gravel, and include picnic tables and fire rings. Located in the heart of Pennsylvania's Wild Elk Country and close to the town of Benezette, home of the largest roaming elk herd in the northeast.
23. Tall Oaks Campground
Tall Oaks Campground is a privately owned campground located on a scenic, 120-acre woodland about 10 miles from Ohiopyle State Park. The private forest is made primarily of mature oak trees, which provide beautiful shade coverage and a serene outdoor setting for your camping experience.
24. Buttonwood Campground
Leave your worries on the Juniata River shore this summer with a stay at Buttonwood Campground. The fun-filled campground offers many activities for all ages including river activities, endless on-site fun, and an on-site winery. The immaculate grounds are a great backdrop to your camping adventure whether you are tenting, RVing, or staying in one of their cabins. Campsites are huge! Some of them are close to an acre, no more squeezing in right next to your neighbor’s RV. You can feel free to spread out and enjoy your own personal corner of paradise.
25. Saunderosa Park
Saunderosa Park proves to be one of the most essential campsite destinations with a large number of seasonal and daily/weekly sites at affordable rates. Enjoy all the luxuries of home in the mountains of southcentral Pennsylvania and activities every weekend.
26. Goddard Park VacationLand Campground
Minutes away from Maurice K. Goddard State Park with miles of bike trails, wildlife, and fishing, you will find one of the largest campground resorts in western Pennsylvania. Goddard Park VacationLand Campground sits on 85 acres with 602 spacious, level, pull-through and back-in camping sites. Enjoy seven newly constructed cabins, two pools, bocce, tennis, and horseshoe pits, and planned activities.
27. Blue Mountain Resort
Tucked away just off the ski trails of Blue Mountain Resort, wooded campsites provide seclusion and breathtaking views of the Pocono Mountains. Upon arrival, a camp host will greet you, load your belongings into an ATV, and drive you to your home away from home. After you settle in, campers have the option to explore guided trail runs, conquer the high ropes course and zip lines, and play outdoor laser tag, or you can take a scenic drive to hike on the Appalachian Trail. For campers seeking a more relaxed getaway, visitors can go fishing in one of the ponds, or simply sit back and relax in nature's playground. You're guaranteed to leave feeling rejuvenated.
28. Codorus State Park
Located in the rolling hills of York County, Codorus State Park is situated on the 1,275-acre Lake Marburg and offers campers 26 miles of shoreline to explore. Whether you are bringing your own RV or tent, or looking to stay in a cabin or yurt, Codorus is a beautiful location for a camping retreat.
29. Lakewood Park Campground
Located on the historic Lakewood Park Property, Lakewood Park Campground is a new campground offering luxury cabin rentals, RV, and tent camping. Campers can visit the 10-acre lake with catch and release fishing, paddle boating, kayaking, a full camp store, new bathhouse/laundry, and more.
30. Blue Rocks Family Campgrounds
Situated over 100-acres next to the incredible Blue Rocks Field, where it gets its name, Blue Rocks Family Campground provides endless things to do for all campers. RVers, campers, and hikers of all ages will find endless views of the scenic Pennsylvania wilderness and an abundance of outdoor adventure. Local activities include climbing Hawk Mountain, exploring the Crystal Cave, and visiting the family-run general store. Hike through and say hello or stay in one of their cozy rustic tents!
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