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The whole campground is on a hill. Most if not all seasonal sites. The area we stayed was mostly the party crowd and didnt seem to respect quiet time. There is a long list of rules most do not follow. And ownership takes no responsibility. We had to ask several times for a picnic table and fire ring.
Fair price is kinda hard to find but is worth the drive. The owner is very nice and she will be there daily to clean the shower house and the laundry mat. Btw washers and dryers are FREE!!! Which is great with kids. There’s a little playground but there’s plenty of room for hiking $600 per month electric, water, sewer, WiFi and washers and dryers included.
I've only camped in state parks before. We went to Bear Run during the pandemic, when the state parks weren't open yet.
We were tent car-camping. We felt as if Bear Run really catered to RVers.
The tent sites were small and crammed together. There was no bathroom (only a porta-potty). There was no place to wash dishes (the closest thing we could find was a hose that was FAR away). There were no grates on the fire-pits for cooking (as there are at DNCR facilities).
Now that said, you CAN drink alcohol there (which IS a plus).
And the staff was awesome … we could CALL them on our phone and they would bring us stuff (more fire wood, a grate for cooking). THAT was nice.
But without a closer bathroom and a place to wash dishes, we would just as soon go back to state parks.
In the past 5 years, I've made 13 trips to Raccoon Creek State Park and spent 16 nights in a tent there. It is my local state park and I can tell you lots about it.
The D loop is really great tent camping at Raccoon Creek State Park. It's tents only, no RVs. So it gets a really fun, party vibe on Saturday nights during the summer. There's a trail right to the beach near the D loop, so it's a great place for families to go with pets. The sites are big, wooded, and all close to the bathroom.
The C loop, however, doesn't take pets (which stinks). When we have our dogs with us, we gravitate towards the C loop. It's fine, but it's not as fun as the D loop.
When we don't make a reservation and we have our dog, we end up in the F loop. It's not our preference (but--let's be clear--even the worst site in the F loop is better than NO trip!).
Round Bottom Camping Area at Slush Run is a free camping area directly on the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) Trail around Mile 99 (East of West Newton roughly 15 miles). For those not familiar with the GAP Trail, it is a Rails-to-Trails initiative that travels from Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MD…meandering through numerous Trail Towns that were former thriving railroad towns at the end of the 1800's.
Round Bottom Camping Area at Slush Run can only be accessed by the GAP Trail, which means on foot or bicycle…or paddlers on the Youghioheny River. Being positioned directly off the GAP Trail grants easy access to those traveling the trail.
- Raised Tent pads (4)
- Vault Toilet
- Adirondack Shelters (2)
- Picnic tables
No potable water…there is hand pump but the water was discolored. It is a short walk down a trail to the river's edge, where I filtered water for drinking.
There is plenty of grassy area for scores of tents in this area. So if you are not fortunate enough to secure one of the two Shelters or tent pads, you can still set up a tent in the nicely mowed areas, which are still level.
We were bikepacking the GAP Trail east from Pittsburgh and arrived on a Sunday evening mid-June. We secured the only open Adirondack Shelter and were able to set up our tent inside, along with keeping our bicycles inside and out of the elements. Which made it wonderfully convenient when it started to rain. Sites and shelters are first come, first served.
Usually the vault toilets along this trail are clean, maintained and stocked…but on this visit, piles of trash were inside likely from an overly busy weekend.
The only negative was the train traffic on the opposite side of the River…it is loud when they rumble through. If you don't sleep with ear-plugs, you will wish you had.
Bicycle traffic was fairly light during the week, so not only did you have the GAP Trail mostly to oneself, the camping areas were either sparsely filled or empty. Although, things just did start opening up from the Covid-19 shutdown.
Apart from the train noise during sleeping hours, Round Bottom Camping Area is very peaceful and though you can still visually see the GAP Trail, you are not disturbed by passing cyclists.
It is a very well maintenance campsite most have fire pits a lot of level ground for tent camping pull in parking spots for RVs and campers a bathroom on site and two different trails to hike fishing minutes away the gun rage is also near (the gunshots don’t bother me) must register when you arrive at the box attached to the bathroom building can’t beat it for FREE
Me and my friends arrived Monday, June 29th, and stayed until Wednesday, July 1st, at campsite E-31, the first night we stayed was a little bit of a challenge, as the neighbors where very noisy, and they didn’t stop until 3am, but by the morning, we’d all had at least some rest, we woke up and made some breakfast, and about an hour later we went to the beach, it was a very nice experience, the water was warm enough, the one weird thing about it was the man-made lakebed was made out of clay instead of sand, that threw us for a loop, but other than that, the beach was very nice, we stayed for around 2 hours and then departed, we went to the boat rentals and rented 4 kayaks, the lady at the rentals was very kind and helpful while we where renting the boats, this was probably the highlight of our trip, as it was a wonderful experience, the lake was beautiful, after kayaking, we bought some firewood and headed back to our little camp, the second night was miles better than the first, as the loud neighbors had left that morning, we did wake up to a raccoon walking around our tents though in the early morning hours, but he ran off pretty quick, once we where all awake, we planned on heading over to the horse trials, but little did we know, you must bring your own horse, so because we couldn’t ride horses, we went to the wildflower reserve, and it was amazing, you do have to walk on trails to see them, but it’s worth it, they’re all beautiful, after walking a trail there, we went back to the campsite and packed up to leave, overall, our trip was pretty nice, I’d definitely recommend going and staying a few nights, it was a fun trip