Love it here! This is a great State Park. The campground has added many full hookup sites and there are also cabins available also. Nice clean sites.The lake has good trout fishing and the beach area offers a nice place for a relaxing summer retreat. Several picnic shelters are for rent if your looking for a place to have your reunion or annual company picnic. There are also boat/kayak rentals, a snack bar/ camp store, and a large modern bath house/changing building down near the beach.Come for the day or stay for the week. Parker Dam State Park offeres something for everyone.
Owners and seasonal campers are friendly. We camped here 3 times this summer. We’re going to masquerade ball in October. Large sites, nice restrooms, big hall, pool, lake to canoe, boat & fish. They have a small cafe for breakfast and lunch. You can rent the hall for parties and weddings. You can get married at the gazebo. They have activities on weekends. Like the bingo here. Keystone Lake close to campground to go boating. Short drive to Smicksburg to shop. You may hear the horse drawn buggies of the Amish who keep their boats here. No charge for golf carts. Senior discount for sites. We invited friends who like it here and invited others. Would recommend!
This is our second trip to Parker Dam State Park. It is a beautiful PA state park. It is quiet and peaceful. The leaves were beginning to change. This trip was chilly at night, but gorgeous weather during the day. Bathroom/shower houses are a bit outdated, but clean. We had a full hook up site. They have pet loops as well. If you want to stay in September, book early. Limited cell service. Spent time driving to Benezette - about 30 minute trip - to see the Elk. Great experience seeing approximately 100 elk. Several very large bulls. Would recommend the campground and the trip to Benezette to everyone.
As a Ranger for the Dyrt, we get products to test from time to time- today we tested the Banner & Oak Women's Hoodie. https://bannerandoak.com/collections/hoodies/products/freedom-heathered-black I so apologize because we were so busy watching the elk in Benezette, that we completely forgot to take photos of the product. This hoodie is very soft! The sizing is accurate. While it is not a thick sweatshirt material, it keeps you very comfortably warm. I prefer the thinner material versus a thick and heavy sweatshirt. It has become my "go to" hoodie. Pros: Lightweight, but very warm. Con: The pouch in front is actually 2 small pockets even though it looks like a pouch. I'm not sure this is really a "con" because it depends on what style you prefer. At first, I wasn't sure about it, but I am beginning to like it. Wish the pockets would be a little bigger though. Overall, I think this is a great lightweight hoodie and worth a purchase!
Thank you to Jay and Kelly for a wonderful 10 day stay at their campground. So much to do in the area, hiking, waterfalls, good eats, Bear Town Rocks, beautiful forests… We loved our campsite right on the small pond that is stocked with Carp and Koi. The seasonal campers made us feel so welcome and included us in trick-or-treat, potluck and a fun dance complete with DJ. Being able to use Passport America for a couple of days helps to make it affordable. Showers were clean and hot. Nice store, laundry. This is not a fancy campground but one we’ll love to come back to!
Some sites require over 50' of hose and multiple power cords to reach power box due to the great amount of trees providing good shade throughout camp ground. The owner took it upon himself to correct the children and not the parents. The community had a great Halloween weekend. I will never go back or recommend this place after they way things were handled later on in the weekend with friends being evicted with 0 notice as owner was to cowardly to speak with adults over an activity that was mishandled from the beginning. Drive 10 more minutes and stay in the park. It's way nicer, and close to activities.
The owner, Mark is arrogant, pompous and has 0 interest in making you feel welcomed or comfortable. He is miserable, and is incapable of holding an adult conversation. He ostracized a couple of teenage girls, who were camping with their family and trying to take part of a planned camp activity. They girls did make a mistake, as most 16 year old children will during their lives, but Mark did not allow the parents to explain, apologize, or handle the situation. He kicked out a family of 5 at 10pm at night because he was on a power trip. Not a family friend place!
You shouldn't have to worry about being asked to leave because your child mishandled the roles to a game…. and when you haven't been a disturbance, or haven't broke any laws.
Also, hook ups are extremely far away from sites. Very inconvenient. DO NOT RECOMMEND!!!
We stayed in the Red Oak section, site 113. The site was roomy enough, but next time I know to try to reserve on the outside perimeter for more room.
Dogs are permitted in this area of the campground and honestly they were all well behaved.
The bathhouse was a bit dated, but clean with a nice size dressing area within each of the 6 shower stalls. I believe there were 10 toilets as well. On the outside of the bathhouse were 2 sinks to do dishes.
The camp store was fairly priced, centrally located and they even delivered wood to your site.
The trails were nice, but I wish we had been given a better map to show where we could walk with our dog instead of discovering no dogs allowed when we arrived to certain areas.
We will definitely return.
The place was nice, with nice spots and nice hot showers but overall, there wasn’t much to bring me back. There’s a little lake there, and a stream and some trails but in general it’s all pretty uninspiring. If you’re looking for a place to get away from everything it’s fine but, if you’re looking for adventure or proximity to impressive nature and geography, keep moving.
We drove down from Western NY and were able to choose from 1 of 2 campsites. We lucked out and ended up with a beautiful site in view of the reservoir. Red Bridge was clean and quiet. The hosts were friendly and very informative.
Firewood and ice were sold in the campground.
Long drive (almost a mile) into the campground from the main road. You follow the creek into the campground where it also meets the Clarion River. Lot of crayfish to catch in frigid cold Clear Creek and great tubing in the Clarion River. Cabins, RV and tent sites available. I’ll be honest, the tent only loop l, sites 43 and higher are not that great. Nothing flat and very difficult to find a good spot on them for a tent. But they are also the most private sites. Clear Creek State Forest is just next door and offers lots of hiking and biking trails. Farmers Inn is just outside of the campground with great food and Cooks Forest is a short drive away with go carts tubing and canoeing and kayaking.
Whispering winds provides convenient hookup sites with fire pits and level gravel lots all along a beautiful rolling stream that provides natural music to create a relaxing environment. We loved the location, the registration and owner/ hosts. Clean, quiet and easily accessible.
We moved here after a night on the other side of the reservoir. This side doesn’t have the family hustle and bustle, but instead it has some more open spaces so stars can be seen easier and a little quieter clientele. We really enjoyed this side off the reservoir. Less public spaces in the shoreline but had some great sites. Site 6 and 7 were the best waterfront. Showers were clean and well kept. Camp hosts were the best we have come across! Go into Kane and discover the small town for a few hours.
This was a nice retreat on the reservoir. We stayed for one night and enjoyed our stay. The beach is awesome and the facilities were good. Vicki our host was great with suggestions. This side of the reservoir is louder and busier than the other side, but still enjoyable.
This campground is really lovely. It’s quiet and off by itself; so you’re really able to enjoy being outside. The roads and sites are gravel with full hook ups. You’ll have to back in, and four wheel drive helps. Only 55min to the heart of Pittsburgh was a big draw and it’s situated close enough to a camper world if you need anything from there. The owner is very nice and easy to work with. This is a quiet place and I highly recommend it if you need a place for a few days!