"Discover Your Perfect Getaway: RV and Tent Campsites"
Experience nature first-hand by choosing your ideal camping style within Pennsylvania's state parks. Whether you prefer the luxurious RV lifestyle or a more rustic approach to sleeping under the stars, state parks offer opportunities to explore historical sites, natural wonders, and fun activities for the whole family.
Choose from several types of campsites located within state parks:
- - Full-hookup Campsites: These sites offer nearby restrooms with flush toilets and warm showers, as well as campsite amenities such as water, sewer, and electric hookups, picnic tables, and fire rings.
- - Modern Campsites: These campsites offer nearby restrooms with flush toilets and warm showers, as well as campsite amenities such as picnic tables and fire rings.
- - Rustic Campsites: These campsites offer nearby restrooms with non-flush toilets, as well as campsite amenities such as picnic tables and fire rings.
- Modern/Rustic Campsites: These campsites offer a unique experience with nearby restrooms that provide modern facilities during warmer months and non-flush facilities during colder months. Amenities include picnic tables and fire rings.
- Multi-site Campsites: These campsites are available at Keystone and Ohiopyle state parks and can accommodate up to 14 people.
- Walk-to Campsites: These campsites are reached by a short walk and offer campsite amenities such as picnic tables and fire rings.
- River Camping: This type of camping is only available at Clear Creek State Park.
- Equestrian Campsites: These sites are only available at Kettle Creek and Promised Land state parks and provide space for horses.
In addition, designated campsites offer amenities such as electric hookups (amp varies at each park), water (at select campgrounds), and pet-friendly sites (at designated locations) for a fee. For exact pricing information, visit the state parks price page.
Each campsite allows a maximum of two sleeping units, one of which may be wheeled. Tents must be placed on designated tent pads or established stone/gravel camping areas to protect natural resources. If no designated area is provided, tents must remain within the campsite and not disturb natural resources. Campsites are limited to one family unit or non-family unit (maximum of five persons per site) and must be occupied by someone 18 years of age or older.
Full-Hookup Campsite Project
In response to visitor demand, DCNR's Bureau of State Parks is introducing full-hookup campsites to select campgrounds. Full-hookup amenities include sewer, water, and electric hookups.
State Park Campgrounds with Full-Hookup Campsites
The following state parks plan to offer full-service campsites in the future:
Most campsites in Pennsylvania state parks can be reserved up to 11 months in advance and up to noon on the day of arrival. Advance reservations are highly recommended, but unreserved sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis if no park employee is available to assist. Follow posted instructions, check the site availability listing, and set up before paying fees to a park employee or using the honor system envelope.
During peak summer season (Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend), campsites require a minimum stay of one night (Sun-Fri) and two nights if reserving a Saturday. Campsite stays are limited to 14 consecutive nights from Memorial Day through Labor Day and up to 21 consecutive nights during the rest of the year. All equipment must be removed for a 48-hour period between reservations.
Online booking and phone reservations at 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757) can be made from Monday to Saturday, 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day, to reserve a Pennsylvania state park campsite. Payment methods include MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Discover, personal checks, traveler’s checks, cashier’s checks, and Pennsylvania state parks gift cards. Full payment must be made within ten days to receive a confirmed reservation.
Discounts for CampsitesDiscounts are available upon request for people with disabilities, providing a $4.50 reduction from the base campsite price. Anyone 62 years of age or older can receive a discount on the base campsite fee by presenting proof of age to the Pennsylvania state park and being the occupant and responsible party identified in the camping reservation.
Reservation Changes and CancellationsChanges and cancellations can be quickly updated through “My Account” online or by calling the call center. However, changes or cancellations made on the arrival day need to be arranged through the state park where the reservation occurs. Refer to the Bureau of State Park’s reservation cancellation and change policy for more details about associated fees and the cancellation process.
Pets in State Park CampgroundsPennsylvania state parks provide a list of pet-friendly campsites available for visitors with pets. Check the Pet Camping Fact Sheet (PDF) for participating campgrounds and pet-friendly sites. Refer to the Bureau of State Park’s rules and regulations for safe and enjoyable guidance to ensure a great stay with your pet(s).
Rules to Follow When Staying in CampsitesCampers are permitted to park one vehicle per site in designated areas. Pennsylvania state parks prohibit alcoholic beverages. Check-in time is 3:00 P.M., and check-out time is 3:00 P.M. Visitors are allowed from 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. within the campsites, but campers must respect others’ need for peace and quiet between 9:00 P.M. and 8:00 A.M. Electric generators are not permitted if they create excessive noise. Fires are allowed only in provided fire rings or grills. Gas and propane are acceptable for camp stoves, but fires must be attended and put out by the camper before they leave the site. Park regulations prohibit the use of live trees or standing trees for firewood. Campers are encouraged to utilize local firewood and not remove or leave firewood. Burn all firewood before next visiting to prevent non-native insects and plant diseases that threaten park resources and forest health.
The sanctity of our natural habitats depends on the responsible use of resources. In that vein, the use of handwashing and dishwashing facilities should only occur where they are expressly provided. To preserve the pristine beauty of our water sources, handwashing and dishwashing are strictly prohibited at water spigots, hand pumps, springs, lakes, and streams.
To ensure the safety of all park-goers, specific regulations govern firearms and archery equipment. During the hunting season, firearms and archery equipment may be uncased and ready for use only in specifically designated areas. During non-hunting seasons, it is essential to store firearms and archery equipment appropriately in a lease campsite, trailer, or owner's car.
It is crucial to recognize exceptions to these regulations. Law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms may carry a firearm concealed on their person while within a state park. These exceptions exist to preserve public safety and to uphold the principles of responsible firearm use.
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