We chose this park because it was the closest one we could find that was still open with electric this time of year to downtown Pittsburgh. Also, because it had great cell/internet service on our hotspots and had a lot of trails. Unfortunately, it had been raining a lot so we weren’t able to explore the trails. The campground is nice– the toilets are just pit toilets and they do have a sun shower. They are on a well so there is limited water and they don’t allow you to fill up your on board tank. Make sure you fill up before you go! Also, there is a road in the park (Echo Dell Road) that RV’s/Trailers can’t go on so make sure you approach this campground from Leslie Road!
This place wasn't bad but nothing really stellar about it either. I visited on a Tuesday in early July and stayed the night with my 9 year old son. Literally the park was abandoned - no visitors, hardly any employees to be seen (saw one guy mowing grass, that was it), and the park office itself closed except for on the weekends. We drove down to the main area of the park to check out the old mill, canal lock, ect. Really cool looking and quaint, but again, everything locked up so you couldn't go inside or find out much more additional info. The creek itself is very beautiful and the campground manager I talked to said a lot of people canoe or kayak down its length to the Ohio.
Campground has limited well water and a one seater vault toilet with no sinks, showers, ect. I stayed in spot 55 on the northern part of the campground which was pretty wooded, but not private. All spots can see into other camps. Small creek ran behind the end of the loop but it was mostly stagnant water which made it very buggy at night. Overall like I said, not a bad place, but I wouldn't rush to come back unless I was on some type of canoeing trip.
Small park, only a few sites with hookups, but very nice. Rustic, with trails to the main park that take you through beautiful woods.
direct access to the North Country National Scenic Trail and trails through main park
Family Campground on Leslie Road [map]
- 6 electric sites
- 44 non-electric sites
- Dump station
- No showers; no flush toilets
- Pets are permitted on all sites
Equestrian Camp on Sprucevale Road
- 59 primitive sites (no electric)
- Vault latrines
- 12 sites may be reserved; the remaining are first-come, first-served.
Group Camp on Sprucevale Road
- Two group camp sites
- Can accommodate organized groups up to 30 people
- Available by reservation
We camped this past weekend in site 50. It is an unbelievably spacious site under towering pine trees. The site sits back off the road and really makes you feel like you have the place to yourself.
We got a site near the playground, which my 3 year old enjoyed. The campground wasn't busy and we had a lot of privacy. The sky was dark enough to see far more stars than you'd see near any larger towns or cities. To cap it off, we laid in our tent dozing off to the sounds of owls and coyotes!
We go here for the Civil War Reenactment every couple years. It’s a beautiful green forest with some historical buildings so it’s a perfect site for that. There are nice hikes around the creek too. We camp in the primitive site, which is very basic and well taken care of.
This is a nice clean state park. There is canoeing but no swimming. Bass fishing is really fun because we caught a few nice ones!!
The camp ground was nice except there is no running water. We took advantage of some of the hiking trails around and they were good in some areas, but definitely needed to be kept up on more often. Very over grown and difficult to follow the trails, but overall we were able to hike for about 3 hours without running into anyone else. The creek that runs through the area is beautiful and there were many people fishing along the way. Kayaking is also very popular among the creek, but the water was too low this time. If I were to go back I would definitely kayaking if the water is at the right level. The best part about the area was the history that surrounds it. There is a pioneer village near the park office that offers some picnicking areas around it. It also has original buildings from the pioneer days (church, school, etc). Really historical area to check out and hike around.