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Established Camping

Buckaloons

About

USDA Forest Service

Allegheny National Forest

Overview

Buckaloons Campground sits at the confluence of the Allegheny River, Brokenstraw Creek and Irvine Run in northwestern Pennsylvania. This 61-site campground offers access to the Allegheny Wild & Scenic River and opportunities for boating, fishing, wildlife watching, and relaxing in a quiet, country atmosphere.__

Recreation

Water activities are a big draw to Buckaloons Recreation Area, including canoing, kayaying, rafting, and boating. The boat ramp provides easy access to the river. Buckaloons is the beginning of the second designated National Wild and Scenic RIver segment of the Allegheny River. The first segment is from Kinzua Dam to the Route 6 Glade Bridge on the east side of Warren, PA. The second segment runs from Buckaloons campground to Alcorn Island just upstream of Oil City, PA, a distance of nearly 50 miles. In this segment are the 6 islands of the Allegheny Islands Wilderness as well as many other publicly and privately owned islands. Several public boat launches are located within this segment to help you decide on the length of trip that's right for you. The Allegheny is a "family-friendly" river, with little to no whitewater - perfect for beginners or a lazy day of floating. Hunting, fishing, and trapping are permitted in the areas around the campground, subject to rules of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. Fishing includes walleye, trout, and bass. There is also hiking along the Seneca Interpretive Trail within the campground or at nearby Anders Run Natural Area.

Facilities

Water activities are a big draw to Buckaloons Recreation Area, including canoing, kayaying, rafting, and boating. The boat ramp provides easy access to the river. Buckaloons is the beginning of the second designated National Wild and Scenic RIver segment of the Allegheny River. The first segment is from Kinzua Dam to the Route 6 Glade Bridge on the east side of Warren, PA. The second segment runs from Buckaloons campground to Alcorn Island just upstream of Oil City, PA, a distance of nearly 50 miles. In this segment are the 6 islands of the Allegheny Islands Wilderness as well as many other publicly and privately owned islands. Several public boat launches are located within this segment to help you decide on the length of trip that's right for you. The Allegheny is a "family-friendly" river, with little to no whitewater - perfect for beginners or a lazy day of floating. Hunting, fishing, and trapping are permitted in the areas around the campground, subject to rules of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. Fishing includes walleye, trout, and bass. There is also hiking along the Seneca Interpretive Trail within the campground or at nearby Anders Run Natural Area.

Natural Features

Once the site of an Indian trading post, the Buckaloons Recreation Center has numerous apple trees through the area, as well as mixed hardwoods. Water-loving species such as sycamore, willow, alder, silver maple, and butternut are frequent components of the riverine forest. Blue and green herons, bald eagles, egrets, and a variety of smaller birds can be seen along the Allegheny RIver. The Allegheny is classified as a warm-water fishery, but some cold-water species thrive as well. Freshwater mussels are abundant in species and number and indicate the high water quality of this river. Deer, bear, turkey, and squirrels are common, along with a variety of smaller mammals such as raccoon, opossum, and muskrat.

contact_info

For facility specific information, please call (814) 363-9090.

Fee Info

Cancellations must be made through Recreation.gov

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Location

Buckaloons is located in Pennsylvania

Detail location of campground

Directions

Take PA-6 to PA-62 South. Take the first right onto National Forge Road, then the first left into the campground. If coming up PA-62 from the south, cross the Allegheny River north of Tidioute and take the first left onto National Forge Road, then the first left into the campground.

Address

ALLEGHENY SITE MANAGEMENT P.O. BOX 2395
Bradford, PA 16701

Coordinates

41.8397222 N
79.2563889 W

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
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Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Pull-Through Sites
  • 50 Amp Hookups
  • Big Rig Friendly

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11 Reviews

R
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2023

Going downhill fast

On our last trip, the bathrooms were filthy and frequently out of order.  We’ve been camping there for nearly 50 years and have seen a steady decline since the government outsourced the management of the campground. Sad.

MThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2023

Great Campground with Waterfront Access

I stayed at Buckaloons in July 2022. We decided to launch our kayaks shortly upriver in Warren, PA. Buckaloons turned out to be the perfect mid point for us to get off of the river and camp for the night.

Good shower/bathroom facilities.

Month of VisitAugust
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Jen W.
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2022

Roomy and wooded

We come here at least once per summer. It is very family friendly, pet friendly and just beautiful. If you kayak, you can drop in up in Warren and come in right at the campground. Ice and wood available on site. Dollar general close by just in case.

Site36
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Buckaloons by Jen W., July 9, 2022
G
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2021

Hidden Gem!

You really feel like you're camping when you're here!  The campsites are large and not crowded on top of each other.  There are woods between the sites which increases privacy and keeps it really quiet.

Buckaloons is right on the Allegheny River and there's a boat ramp onsite. If you're a paddler make sure to visit Allegheny Outfitters just up the road in Warren and get a river guidebook.  

Given its location on the river this is a great place to make several different runs down the river. You can start or end at Buckaloons and make many different combinations of trips to suit your fancy. 

There is a shower house onsite. Many sites are electric and there is a dump station on the grounds. Pet friendly.

Worth the visit!

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Buckaloons by George , July 13, 2021
  • Review photo of Buckaloons by George , July 13, 2021
  • Review photo of Buckaloons by George , July 13, 2021
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J
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2021

Beautiful grounds

Stayed for the 4th of July. Peaceful and well maintained. Hosts are extremely friendly as well. Plenty of space on each site for whatever you want. Only downside was no playground (apparently it was torn down after the onset of Covid) and the showers were a bit of a walk - both “issues” are easily overcome. Will definitely stay again.

Site31
Month of VisitAugust
Darrel and Mary W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2021

Green and clean in the River

Nice little campground on the Allegheny River, hosts were friendly and facilities were clean. River was running way high from all the rain so we choose not to kayak, but a lot of others did.

Site35
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Buckaloons by Darrel and Mary W., June 12, 2021
  • Review photo of Buckaloons by Darrel and Mary W., June 12, 2021
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Amie M.
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2020

Perfect Family Spot!

We spent 5 nights here and it was perfect. It's just myself and my toddler. There is a Walmart not too far away if you need supplies but they do sell both ice and firewood here in the campground. If they are out, ask and they will get more for you. The staff are really, really friendly. 

Ice is$2 per 7 lb bag and the wood is$10 for a pretty big bundle. I have attached photos. 

When I booked I was told that because of Covid-19 there would only be vault toilets and no showers, so I was beyond surprised to see that everything was up, running and smelling super clean. I struggled to find a place open during Covid-19 (May 2020) so again, super happy. My toddler is 3 and everything is very family friendly. There is a lower and upper loop. Make sure you check Recreation.gov to make sure the site you are booking has what you need. We were at the top loop,#39, very close to the bathrooms and entrance. 

The campground doesn't have wi-fi but I was able to use my phone as a hotspot. I trade stocks for a living and the connection was good enough to do that:) I have Sprint. The spots are all spacious, I'm very surprised to see someone complain about that... and my spot in particular(again, 39) is more private than others with more trees separating me from other spots. The road is one way throughout the loops so there's no big traffic. Lots of kids riding bikes, adults walking and chatting. Tons of friendly dogs. The trail is also very pretty and makes a good loop.

Site39
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Buckaloons by Amie M., December 9, 2020
  • Review photo of Buckaloons by Amie M., December 9, 2020
  • Review photo of Buckaloons by Amie M., December 9, 2020
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Tim J.
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2020

Relaxing Site

Wasn’t sure what to expect since it was a nearly-last minute booking, but our site was larger than most we’ve booked at other locations. We were in spot #39, which is near the end of the loop. Finding fresh water outlets was a challenge since they were not easily labeled, so we ended up circling the loop a second time to fill up the fresh water. We realized on the way out there was a fresh water hookup at the dump station with plenty of space to easily park and not taking up space in the loop. Electric was 30A and our site was not level, but we were able to find the right spot. VERY shaded and the host had plenty of firewood. The campground was not too big so the kids could easily ride around in their bikes and still be close enough. Internet service was great. We had 4 bars of Verizon LTE and music stations were out of Warren. We’ll probably book again next season.

Kelly C.
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2020

very nice

electric sites for surprisingly large rvs and trailers, mostly wired, shaded, and private.

  • Review photo of Buckaloons by Kelly C., August 15, 2020
  • Review photo of Buckaloons by Kelly C., August 15, 2020
  • Review photo of Buckaloons by Kelly C., August 15, 2020
Amanda K.
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2020

Nice campground on the Allegany River

Nice campground on the Allegany River. This is a good river to canoe, kayak or tube on. We walked the campground and noticed that most campsites seemed to be a fairly decent size. There is a really nice walking path that encircles the campground and follows the river which was pretty neat to do.

  • Review photo of Buckaloons by Amanda K., July 30, 2020
  • Review photo of Buckaloons by Amanda K., July 30, 2020
  • Review photo of Buckaloons by Amanda K., July 30, 2020
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Jennifer M.
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2018

Nice quite location close to the river

A nice boat launch into the river. Playground could use a little attention. Bath house is nice and clean, nice water temp and pressure. Sites are larger than most. Cash or check only if you walk in

Site51
Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Buckaloons by Jennifer M., August 22, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Buckaloons have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, Buckaloons has 50 amp electric hookups.

What is the elevation of Buckaloons?

Buckaloons is located at 1148 feet.

What is the max vehicle length at Buckaloons?

Buckaloons allows vehicles up to 45 feet.

Are fires allowed at Buckaloons?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Buckaloons, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Buckaloons have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Buckaloons does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Buckaloons?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is available, and T-Mobile is unknown.

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