Stay the Night

Sleeping under the stars is something a child will never forget. Whether it's space for a modern camper or a patch of grass for a rustic tent, there is a lot of space throughout Pennsylvania's public lands for you to lie down for the night.

Camping and campgrounds in state parks

A lot of Pa. state parks have campgrounds for overnight guests. Park your RV or pitch your tent for an inside view to a state park. Some campgrounds have modern restrooms and some have rustic facilities. Learn more about the campsites in our state parks here.

Buildings for rent

There are also structures designed for overnight stays in state parks.

  • Cabins (modern, rustic, and unique houses) – Modern cabins have showers and modern ammenities. Rustic cabins have outdoor plumbing. Unique houses have modern ammenities and lots of character.
  • Camping cottages – No need to pack a tent! These wooden structures sleep five or six people and have external restroom facilities.
  • Yurts and deluxe cottages – Yurts are round, cottages are square, and both have a cooking stove, refrigerator, table and external restrooms.

GO OUTSIDE: Go to this map to find cabins opportunities in a state park near you!

Also available in state parks

In addition to the above types of camping in state parks, backpacking, group tenting and group cabin camps is also available.

GO OUTSIDE: Go to this map to find camping opportunities in a state park near you!

Camping in state forests

If you're headed out to a state forest, there are three different types: primitive camping, motorized camping, and group camping.

  • Primitive camping is defined as overnight camping where all equipment is transported in limited trips by non-motorized vehicle methods and where a motorized vehicle is not located near or part of the camping experience.
  • Motorized camping is defined as overnight camping in or near the vehicle where the vehicle continues to be used for storage or transportation.
  • Group camping is defined as more than 10 people in a unit, overnight motorized or primitive camping. A Letter of Authorization must first be obtained from a state forest's district forester. A Camping Permit and Letter of Authorization are issued to the group.

For more information on camping in a Pa. state forest, visit here.