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The Best Camping in Pennsylvania

Looking for the best camping in Pennsylvania? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Pennsylvania. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Pennsylvania

  • Benton, Pennsylvania

    Hike the Falls Trails in Ricketts Glen State Park

    4.9
    7.2 mi
    Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania sprawls over 13,050 acres in the Luzerne, Sullivan and Columbia counties. The park boasts a lake, 21 named waterfalls, diverse wildlife and old growth timber. There are two Falls Trails alternatives – a long and short loop.The long loop is 7.2 miles long a...
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  • Kempton, Pennsylvania

    Hike the Pinnacles and Pulpit Rock

    4.2
    9 mi / 1200 ft gain
    Park in the lot near the Hamburg Reservoir and hike around the barrier and up the gravel road. Shortly on your right the Appalachian Trail branches off the road. Follow the white blazes of the AT for around 2 miles to the Pulpit Rocks, just before the trail passes the Lehigh Valley Astronomical S...
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  • Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania

    Canoe and Camp in the Delaware Water Gap

    4.7
    This is one of those easy, simple and truly relaxing adventures you can embark on this summer. Thanks to outfitters such as Kittatinny Canoes you'll have everything ready for you when you arrive, minus of course your camping gear. They will pick you up at the destination of your choice along the ...
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  • Coudersport, Pennsylvania

    Camp at Cherry Springs State Park

    4.6
    1 mi
    Cherry Springs State Park was my first ever International Dark Sky Park and it stole my heart, and I promise it will steal yours too.The park itself is very quaint, but don't let it's size deter you! The park is still as remote and wild as it was nearly two centuries ago, and that's nearly imposs...
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  • Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

    Backpack the West Rim Trail

    4.0
    30.5 mi / 5648 ft gain
    Hiking north to south, the trailhead is just off of Colton Road at a gravel parking lot with bathrooms. The trail is marked with orange blazes and has the largest elevation gain at the beginning and then has relatively moderate elevation change throughout the remainder of the hike.At 2.6 miles ...
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  • Brown Township, Pennsylvania

    Hike the Hemlock Mountain Loop

    5.0
    6.48 mi / 1200 ft gain
    The trail starts where Naval Run Road ends. Follow the the blue blazes into Naval Run. After crossing Naval Run continue right up an old logging skid trail along the run. The trail will intersect with the Black Forest Trail at Naval Run Falls.The trail will follow the orange blazes of Black Fo...
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  • Williamsport, Pennsylvania

    Backpack the Old Logger's Path

    5.0
    27 mi
    The Old Logger's Path follows abandoned logging roads in a loop through the Loyalsock State Forest. There are multiple places to join the trail, but most people start in the ghost town of Masten, PA.Highlights include Rock Run, noted by many as the most beautiful steam in Pennsylvania. Vistas alo...
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  • Forksville, Pennsylvania

    Camp at World's End Park Campground

    5.0
    World's End Campground is tucked into a valley in the Loyalsock State Forest. Recreational opportunities abound here. Lay low and explore the valley, hike to the ridges and take in the views, or play in the Loyalsock creek which runs by the campground. The lush Pennsylvania wilderness makes for a...
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  • Gardners, Pennsylvania

    Camp at Pine Grove Creek Campground

    Located in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pine Grove Creek Campground is prime Pennsylvania hiking territory. The campground is not far from the Appalachian trail and shares much of its natural beauty. Fuller and Laurel lakes present ample opportunities for swimming, fishing, and boating. The for...
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  • Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

    Kayak Camp the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon

    5.0
    Start at the Big Meadows parking area in Ansonia. The water access is at Marsh Creek but almost immediately meets up with Pine Creek. Arrange a shuttle service with Pine Creek Outfitters to either pick you up or shuttle your vehicle to the take out at Blackwell and also pick up one of their wate...
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  • Kane, Pennsylvania

    Camp at Dewdrop Recreation Area

    The Dewdrop Campground in Northern Pennsylvania brings you in touch with the Allegheny Reservoir, a tranquil refuge in a serene national forest. Recreational activities abound--take the day to hike, fish, kayak, sunbathe, bird, or whatever it is your heart desires. Each season offers unique wildl...
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  • Elverson, Pennsylvania

    Camp at French Creek Campground

    3.0
    The French Creek State Park Campground is ideal for groups, families, or individuals seeking some solitude. Hit the shady woodland trails by foot or by horse, dive into the lakes in the heat of summer, admire the colorful explosion of oak and maple trees in autumn, or slip into your snowshoes in ...
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  • Trout Run, Pennsylvania

    Hike the Frozen Run Gorge

    5.0
    5 mi
    One of the most remote hikes in the beautiful Loyalsock State Forest, this loop through the Frozen Run Gorge is a fantastic hike for an experienced hiker looking to see a place that few other hikers do.There are no official trails through the gorge and this hike is a bushwhack. There are a couple...
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  • Salisbury, Pennsylvania

    Primitive Camp along Wolf Rocks Trail

    3.0
    1.5 mi / 50 ft gain
    This is a GREAT location for beginning backpackers with minimal backpacking rules, short trails and cell service. Although all trails (with a few exceptions found in this brochure -labeled as "Areas Closed to Camping") in the Forbes State forest allow primitive backpack camping (primitive backpac...
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  • Coolbaugh Township, Pennsylvania

    Camp at Tobyhanna Park Campground

    Tobyhana Campground is in Pennsylvania's Tobyhana State Park. Hoisted up into the mountains, this spot is truly refreshing. Hike or mountain bike through the woods, take to your kayak, or simply kick back and relax. Each season offers a unique glimpse of this beautiful park, so no matter what tim...
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  • Leeper, Pennsylvania

    Hike the Seneca Trail in Cook Forest State Park

    4.0
    0.9 mi / 530 ft gain
    Right from its entry point, the Seneca Trail parallels the Clarion River, granting you a scenic view the whole way through. This trail is challenging in its narrow footpath and lofty climb. Be careful while looking around at the towering hemlocks and white pines.Atop the trails peak, the burn in ...
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