By Gabby Davis
Pennsylvania is home to a variety of bucolic places to camp out in the fall. From the breathtaking views of the Poconos to the shores of Lake Erie, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Boating, fishing, hiking, or just pitching a ten, sets the stage for making a lifetime of memories. Many of the areas are pet friendly. Just be sure to check before heading out. And always, remember to clean up after yourself and your furry family member! Here are seven perfect fall camping spots in Pennsylvania.
This pet-friendly campground situated in the amazing Pocono Mountains offers an array of campsites, cabin rentals, and RV sites sure to please everyone. There are four sites to choose from: tent, camper, field, and seasonal, and four cabin type rentals. Seasonal sites allow you to save money and wear and tear on your vehicle. With management approval, you can even customize your site! Some amenities include electric hookups, sanitary dump station, and sewer hookups. Planning that big family reunion or other get-togethers? Field sites are available that include common water and electric hookups with nearby bath facilities. If you want to explore activities outside the campgrounds, there are plenty of nearby shopping venues.
Formerly known as Hill’s Family Campground, the Presque Isle Passage RV Park and Cabin Rentals is just seven miles from Presque Isle Beach, which was voted the No. 1 freshwater beach in North America. Open year round, campers love the many types of accommodations available: tent camping, RVs, small mobile homes, and yurts. Guests will need to bring their own linens, towels, and bedding for the rental units as they are not provided. This facility is big rig friendly with full hookup sites and a swimming pool. A camp store on-site is available for those forgotten items or supplies. This campground is also dog friendly.
Snuggled in the Allegheny Mountains, Ye Olde Mill Family Campground in Burnt Cabins offers tent and RV camping along with RV and cabin rentals. See flour made as it was years ago in the historic and still operational Burnt Cabins Grist Mill on site. At the general store, you can actually purchase some of the fresh ground flour. Amenities here include water, electric, and cable hookups along with a dump station. Take some time to use this as your base camp for an extended visit or just overnight. Note: Although the website says the facility is pet friendly, the RV trailer and cabin rentals are not.
Located on the upper end of Keystone Lake, Silver Canoe Campground offers something for everyone. Full hookup sites are available as well as cabin rentals and seasonal sites. Silver Canoe Campground has plenty of activities available in all seasons. Pets are allowed at this campsite but check for restrictions.
Cherry Springs State Park offers stargazing that astronomers dream about. The park features a rustic campground with 30 sites, picnic areas, and dump station. Small observation domes are available to rent but does not include telescopes. This is a seasonal campsite, opening the second Friday in April and closing in November. Pets are not allowed in the campground.
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Located in the beautiful Rothrock State Forest, this park sits on 90,000 acres, and offers many recreational experiences such as hiking, mountain biking, and fishing. Winter activities include snowmobiling or cross-country skiing. The park is situated on the edge of the Seven Mountains, a magnificent area that offers many wonderful views and solitude. There are approximately 49 tent and trailer campsites in the area. Campsites are classified as Modern electric, modern non-electric, and modern tent only. Pets are allowed at specified campsites and there is a pet fee. This state park is open year-round to camping and other activities.
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Located in Beaver County, Raccoon Creek State Park is one of the largest parks in Pennsylvania, and began as a recreational area operated by the National Park Service. Camping ranges from rustic non-electric to modern cabins. Raccoon Creek State Park offers many amenities such as the Frankfort Mineral Springs, educational programs, or just the peace and solitude that come from escaping to nature. There are some areas that are ADA accessible with ADA accessible restrooms. Some campsites are pet friendly but be sure to verify before bringing your furry friend(s). Make sure to clean up after yourself and furry friends to preserve the beauty of the park for yourself and others!