RV and Tent Campsites in State Parks Whether you like relaxing in style in an RV or sleeping close to nature in a tent, camping in a state park gives you the inside view to explore history, natural areas, and fun activities for the entire family. Equestrian -- space for horses, available only at Kettle Creek and Promised Land state parks.
Electric -- at specific sites, amp varies at each park. Water -- at a limited number of campgrounds at specific sites. Black Moshannon. Cook Forest. French Creek. Gifford Pinchot. Hickory Run. Hills Creek. Laurel Hill. Little Buffalo. Parker Dam. Prince Gallitzin. Promised Land - Pickerel Point. Pymatuning - Jamestown. Ricketts Glen. Only one vehicle per campsite is allowed unless otherwise posted. Park only in designated areas. Check-in time is P.
Check-out time for campsites is P. Visitors are welcome to campsites from A. Campers must not disturb the sleep of others between P. Electric generators that create excessive noise are prohibited. Fires are permitted only in provided fire rings or grills. Gas and propane camp stoves are permitted. Please be careful with fire. Fires must be attended at all times and extinguished before leaving the campsite. Firewood is not provided.
Cutting live trees or standing trees and the operation of chainsaws are prohibited. Firewood may contain non-native insects and plant diseases. Bringing firewood into the park from other areas may accidentally spread pest insects and diseases that threaten park resources and the health of our forests. Campers should use local firewood.
Do not take wood home and do not leave firewood. Burn it! Handwashing and dishwashing are permitted only where appropriate facilities are available. Handwashing and dishwashing are prohibited at water spigots, hand pumps, springs, lakes, and streams. Firearms and archery equipment used for hunting may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons.
Exceptions include: law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms are authorized to carry a firearm concealed on their person while they are within a state park. While you can get a lot of the information you need for free online, it is always useful to have a paper map on hand. Check price: Amazon. National Geographic National Forest Maps These paper maps provide lots of detail about specific forests and ranger districts. Not only do they show National Forest boundaries and roads to camp on, but they also denote trails, drinking water, dump stations, and campgrounds with showers.
Backroad Mapbooks Canada A collection of regional map books for finding Crown Land, backcountry roads, rec sites, hiking trails, lakes, and hot springs in Canada. Pin it to reference later on! Thanks for the additional resources, Scott! The conversion site is especially helpful. Thank you for demystifying free camp sites!
Keep livin the dream! This is excellent, thanks so much! I cannot believe how expensive some campsites can be! This will definitely come in handy. If you stayed at a paid site every night, it could end up costing almost the same as rent for an apartment!
Enjoy your trip! Growing up my dad was a total off the grid camper when it came to summer vacations, so we got to stay at some pretty rugged, yet jaw dropping gorgeous, out of the way dry camps in a lot of the National Forests in the NW corner of the US. I will always treasure those trips, and have recently been retracing a lot of our camping adventures now, over 20 years later.
I just discovered your blog and absolutely love it!
Your pictures are amazing, what kind of camera and other equipment do you use? Also are you just naturally gifted or did you take a class to learn how to master photography? Thanks for the inspiration! Hey Erin! Use of color, texture, or subject? I definitely still learn something every day! For equipment, we use a Canon 5D and most recently we picked up a Canon 70D for video, but it is also a great camera for stills as well and much more affordable and lighter weight!
We have a few different lenses, our most used ones are a mm and a mm. Have a blast on your trip — will you be keeping a blog or an IG for your travels? Thank you so much for replying so fast! I love photography and took high school classes but I always have a hard time getting a crisp clean photo like yours, I will just keep trying and look into the canon 70D, it sounds like that one might be easier to carry.
Hello, what a great and helpfull blog.
We are planning a road trip through America and we would love to camp in parks ans forests. So far we are planning to buy a camper in America not sure yet if it is possible for a foreigner and than travel around for 1 year.
http://indiancamping.com/5468-mobile-phone.php I was wondering were do you shower and wash your clothes when you are staying on a place with no amnimeties? Because we are travelling with a little boy 4year we will probably do 2 nights on a camping without amenities and 1 night with.
In terms of showering and laundry: Laundry is actually fairly easy to take care of. We can typically go 10 days between washes. That is definitely something to consider when deciding what clothes to pack for your trip.