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Top Pet-Friendly Camping near Chester, PA

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Are you planning a camping trip to Chester with your dog? We've got you covered. Find the best information on pet-friendly campgrounds near Chester, including sites, reviews, and tips. Each pet-friendly spot offers quick access to one or more of Chester's most popular destinations.

Best Pet-Friendly Camping Sites Near Chester, PA (92)

  1. Camper-submitted photo from French Creek State Park

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    French Creek State Park

    72 Reviews
    367 Photos
    391 Saves
    Geigertown, Pennsylvania

    In Pennsylvania, the once industrious geography of North Coventry and Warwick now serves as home to 7,730 acres of protected wilderness known as French Creek State Park. Right in the heart of the Schuylkill Highlands, the park’s boundaries make up the largest mass of forested space between anywhere in Washington D.C. and New York City. The diverse land consisting of forests, wetlands, marshes, and sleepy bluffs throughout have become a top destination for the people of southeast Pennsylvania to hike, fish, camp, and bike.

    At a point long ago, before the industrial revolution, the land was once dominated by ancient forests of American chestnut. Sadly, in 1771 foresters started to clear these trees, in order to create charcoal for the furnace at nearby Hopewell Furnace. However, the forests were still allowed to regrow, with routine clearing scheduled every 25 years thereafter. The furnace was in operation for 112 years until 1883, and its impact on the regional environment was undeniable. The once wooded hillsides, towering trees, and babbling brooks that once existed now appeared as a barren wasteland in many areas. The ecological outlook was looking dim, that is until President Roosevelt started the CCC in 1993 as a response to economic turmoil created by the Great Depression.

    During the same time, Governor Gifford Pinchot invited the CCC to assist in reclaiming this special land, and they subsequently worked to clear the forests and streams of brush. To commemorate the work, they began the restoration of the historic Hopewell Furnace as well as the creation of many of the facilities still in use today at the park. Among these facilities are several tent camping areas, two group camps, picnic shelters, two small dams and lakes, and even the extensive network of roads and trails that snake throughout the park.

    Today, the second growth has brought with it a rebirth of life and wonder to the region. This massive expansion of protected land is now home to a multitude of rare animals and plants, not commonly found in the region. For example, French Creek State Park is an Important Bird Area as designated by the National Audubon Society, and an Important Mammal Area as designated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Pine Swamp is a State Park Natural Area. The park is now known for its diverse fishing, large abundance of wild game for hunt, and it’s plethora of outdoor recreation activities available within.

    Visitors to the park have a few options for overnight accommodations. The campground itself is well suited for both large and small groups, as well as individuals. In total, 201 modern sites accommodate thousands of visitors annually. The campground also boast a range of amenities, including a centrally located shower and toilet facility. Additionally, there are ten cozy cabins with heat and electricity. Finally, there are two historic group camping CCC Cabins available. The facilities include dining halls, central washhouses, and cabins for campers and staff.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $23 / night

  2. Camper-submitted photo from Philadelphia South-Clarksboro KOA

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    Philadelphia South-Clarksboro KOA

    17 Reviews
    32 Photos
    97 Saves
    Paulsboro, New Jersey

    At Philadelphia South/ Clarksboro KOA enjoy the peaceful, country campground experience and the convenience of Camden, NJ and downtown Philly only a short 20 minutes away. 

    If you live in the City of Brotherly Love, sometimes it is nice to have a nearby rustic escape. Or, perhaps you are a visitor who wants to combine your sightseeing with some rest and relaxation. Our camping sites near Philadelphia are the perfect solution. We offer tons of comfortable amenities and exciting on-site activities to ensure a memorable stay for your whole family. 

    Whether you want to teach the kids how to pitch a tent or you need an affordable basecamp for your Philly adventures, we cannot wait to host your stay at our local KOA just mere miles from Philadelphia.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $61 - $289 / night

  3. Camper-submitted photo from Elk Neck State Park

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    Elk Neck State Park

    56 Reviews
    205 Photos
    481 Saves
    Perryville, Maryland

    The Rustic Cabins are closed due to renovations. Disturbances associated with construction should be expected Monday-Friday in the Fall of 2023-​Fall 2025

    Elk Neck State Park is located in Cecil County on a peninsula, formed by the Chesapeake Bay on the west and the Elk River on the east. It makes for great camping near Washington. The park has 2,370 acres of land and includes 250 campsites, 4 youth group sites and 15 cabins. Varied landscapes include marshlands, heavily wooded areas, white clay cliffs, and sandy shorelines.

    Elk Neck State Park is divided into four areas. Turkey Point Lighthouse is located at the southern tip of the Elk Neck Peninsula. North East Beach Area and Picnic Shelters is a popular day-use area located in the western portion of the park and features a swimming area, canoe/kayak launch, picnic shelters, picnic tables, and grills. Rogues Harbor Boat Launch Facility offers public boating access to the Elk River, and fishing piers. The Elk River Camping Area is located on the eastern portion of the peninsula and offers over 250 campsites, 15 cabins (9 mini/camper cabins and 6 rustic cabins), a youth group camping area, park store, playground, and a nature center.

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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $21 - $55 / night

  4. Camper-submitted photo from Group Camp — Ridley Creek State Park

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    Group Camp — Ridley Creek State Park

    10 Reviews
    10 Photos
    168 Saves
    Gradyville, Pennsylvania

    Group Camping only by arrangement/reservation

    Qualified organized groups can use the 120-person area from April to October. A restroom with flush toilets, but no showers, is available.

    To reserve a group tent campsite, call 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757), Monday to Saturday, 7:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. except on the Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day holidays.

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • Tents
  5. Camper-submitted photo from Old Cedar Campground

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    Old Cedar Campground

    11 Reviews
    24 Photos
    38 Saves
    Monroeville, New Jersey
    • Pets
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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $31 - $50 / night

  6. Camper-submitted photo from Atsion Family Camp — Wharton State Forest
  7. Camper-submitted photo from Parvin State Park

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    Parvin State Park

    13 Reviews
    36 Photos
    57 Saves
    Rosenhayn, New Jersey
    • Pets
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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $20 - $65 / night

  8. Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park - Elmer

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    Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park - Elmer

    10 Reviews
    34 Photos
    27 Saves
    Elmer, New Jersey

    Located in rural southwestern NJ, this New Jersey campgrounds amenities and accommodations are 1st rate! This park features cabin rentals, tent sites and RV camping. Activities around the park include visiting Avalon Beach, Morey’s Piers or whale watching at Cape May.

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    • Reservable
    • RVs
  9. Camper-submitted photo from Hospitality Creek Campground

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    Hospitality Creek Campground

    12 Reviews
    28 Photos
    103 Saves
    Winslow, New Jersey
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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  10. Camper-submitted photo from Lake-In-Wood Campground

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    Lake-In-Wood Campground

    20 Reviews
    29 Photos
    133 Saves
    Narvon, Pennsylvania

    Lake In Wood Camping Resort is “home to the gnomes” because it is a friendly place, built to suit the lifestyles of today’s campers (even the knee-high ones). From a weekend in your tent to a beautiful cabin rental, this resort becomes a treasured “Home Away from Home!”

    The resort features a magnificent entertainment hall with a beautifully restored pipe organ for hosting grand parties and resort gatherings. Other pavilions are available for smaller groups (the Gnome Bridge Club are regulars). Adults can enjoy the picturesque views and intimate setting of the lake-view terrace.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

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