The 5 Best Camping Places In Pennsylvania

Welcome to Pennsylvania campers! This US northeastern state is rich in farmlands, forests, and mountains. Its capital is Harrisburg while Philadelphia is the largest city. It is known for the Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed. You can find a Liberty bell here which is a symbol of American freedom.

camping places in Pennsylvania

If you decide to go here you will find shorelines, lakes, green landscapes of farms and plains, and mountains. You should explore its top destinations like Lake Erie, Pittsburg, Gettysburg, and other local sights. Here are Pennsylvania’s camping grounds where you can relax your mind and soul no matter if you like summer or winter camping.

Best camping spots in Pennsylvania

We love to go camping in Pennsylvania since it has natural beauties to explore. There is a variety of different campgrounds here but I picked five of them that you should check out.

Pine Cradle Lake Family Campground

The Pine Cradle Lake camp is open from May 1st to October 15th. This campground has different accommodation types to offer. You can bring your tent and camp at primitive campsites with water and electricity. Bathhouses are 100 feet away.  There we have RV campsites that can accommodate campers of all sizes. These campsites have electricity, water, and sewer utilities.

Lakeside RV campground

You can have a picnic and serve food on the picnic table and use a fire ring. They also offer premium RV campsites which are larger than standard ones. If you want to stay close to the water you can stay at Lakeside RV campground and enjoy a view of the lake. Make sure you reserve your favorite spot before you go outdoors.

Staying in cottages or cabins

Do you want more luxurious camping? Rent one of their cottages or cabins. Cottages have a kitchen and a bathroom while cabins don’t. Four to a maximum of six people can camp in one of each accommodation unit. Your pet is welcome here also.

Organized family activities

They have many organized activities that you can attend with your family, so don’t hesitate and make yourself an unforgettable vacation in Pine Cradle Lake.

Gettysburg Battlefield resort

Welcome to Gettysburg Battlefield resort. They are open from April 6th to October 31st. If you will camp with your tent you can stay at tent sites with stone dust tent pads and use the fire ring and a picnic table.

Tent sites and cabins

Each tent site can accommodate up to five campers. For more comfortable camping, you have cabins for four people. There are a double bed and a bunk bed for usage. Bring your pet with you since they are allowed in the cabin.

Multiple reasons for fun

You can get an activity pass ($9.95) that allows you fun and enjoyment for multiple days! Find a hidden treasure, swim in the pool, and play mini golf, carpet ball, horseshoes, life-size chess, and many more. You can rent a movie in case it is a rainy day and listen to ghost stories in the pavilion with your kids. No excuses for having fun!

Yogi Bears Jellystone Park Camp-Resort

Yogi Bear’s camp-resort is located at 63 acres of land in Quarryville. This is a friendly place where you can camp and enjoy fun activities. Choose one of their cabins or choose your site for RV or a tent. They have some great packages that you can get and enjoy what they have to offer (discounts, surprising gifts, etc.).

Yogi Bear Jellystone Park

Plenty activities for kids

The camp has a lot of activities that you can attend with your kid like playing in the Yogi Bear’s water zone, swimming pools, laser tag, adventure mini golf, jumping pillow and many more.

Golf carts and hot tubs

They have a pool cabana rental where you can enjoy privacy. You can also rent a golf cart or a limo cart. There is nothing better than to relax in your own hot tub and you have an option to do that in Yogi Bear’s camp resort. Visit them and see for yourself how this camp is worth to stay.

Delaware Water Gap / Pocono Mountain KOA Holiday

This place is another family resort that will offer you whatever families like to do. They have new patio sites with upscale seating and campfire elements. You can camp with a tent on the grassy or wooded area. The recreational area is made for kayakers, canoeists, hikers, and rafters.

Visit Native American Museum and play sports

There is a Native American Museum that you should visit with your family. Delaware Water Gap camp offers recreational courts for playing basketball, volleyball, and other games such as game mining, GaGa ball, etc.

Summer and winter enjoyment

This camp is open all year so you can go there whenever you want. You can go to the camp in the wintertime and enjoy skiing or go in summer when you can enjoy the sun and water.

Keen Lake Camping & Cottage Resort

Keen Lake camp is the last of my picks of Pennsylvania’s campgrounds that I am presenting. This camp is run by a family Keen for more than 60 years now. If you will visit this place you will be able to go to the Poconos Mountains where you can explore the Maple city, Wayne country fair, Sturbridge line and enjoy the wildlife.

Plenty of water activities on the beach

And what can you do here for entertainment? It is fun to be at this camp in the summer. They have a beautiful lake for some lake activities such as swimming, ride with the rowboats, canoes and kayaks, paddleboards, aqua cycles, fishing and playing on the beach.

From tent camping to luxury camping

They offer tent, RV camping, and staying in cottages for a more luxurious vacation. If you like it here, you can season camp at the lake. The Keen resort also has an events calendar for you to see what is happening each month.

Keen Lake Campground

Where can you camp for free in PA?

I should state that you can’t camp pitch a tent anywhere you want. If you want to camp in Pennsylvania state parks you will need to do it at campsites or areas that are designated for camping.

You can camp for free in Pennsylvania State Parks but you will need a state forest camping permit if you will spend in the campsites more than one night. Pennsylvanian’s camping sites free of the fee are Dingmans Ferry, Emporium, Grantville, Erie, and Washington.

Why go camping in Pennsylvania?

There are many campgrounds in this state but I picked a few for you to enjoy your vacation fully. Camps are friendly and their staff will take care of your needs. If you are interested in one of them you can contact them by telephone or e-mail and get more information. I wish you an enjoyable stay in Pennsylvania.

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