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    Camper-submitted photo from French Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from French Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from French Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from French Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from French Creek State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from French Creek State Park Campground

    1.

    French Creek State Park Campground

    72 Reviews
    367 Photos
    407 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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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $23 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake-In-Wood Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake-In-Wood Campground
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    Lake-In-Wood Campground

    20 Reviews
    29 Photos
    139 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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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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    Thousand Trails Hershey

    20 Reviews
    54 Photos
    121 Saves
    Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania

    Set on 200 acres of rolling farmland in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Hershey RV Camping preserve is enclosed in a natural valley of grassy fields, sloping down to a small fishing lake. Six miles away is Hershey's Chocolate World (rides and live entertainment), ZooAmerica, plus many golf courses and 3 major outlet centers. Nearby our Thousand Trails Pennsylvania Dutch Country RV campground are also Amish settlements and the Indian Echo Caverns. Hershey RV Camping has something for everyone, from the amusement park enthusiast to the history buff! Hershey RV campground near Chocolate World Whether you're planning a retreat for the whole family, a group of friends or a getaway for two, there's no shortage of unique activities to explore at Hershey RV & Camping Resort. Plan activities upon arrival or visit this page before your departure to plan ahead. Looking for more? Our friendly staff can fill you in on all of the great ways to make your stay a memorable experience.

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $50 - $60 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Old Mill Stream Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Old Mill Stream Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Old Mill Stream Campground
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    Old Mill Stream Campground

    14 Reviews
    28 Photos
    51 Saves
    Lampeter, Pennsylvania

    Nestled along a quiet stream on 15 acres, Old Mill Stream Campground at Dutch Wonderland offers modern camping amenities and is conveniently located just steps away from the castle door of Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park and other area attractions including outlet shopping, restaurants, and theaters.

    Campground Features Include:

    Family Cabins Tent Sites, Partial Hook-Up Sites, and Full Hook-Up Sites Old Mill Stream Campground does not guarantee water from November 1st to April 1st due to varying temperatures. Park Model Clean and Modern Restrooms Two Laundromats Playground Country Store Discounted Dutch Wonderland tickets available to Campground Guests

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    • Reservable
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    Camper-submitted photo from Gifford Pinchot State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Gifford Pinchot State Park Campground
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    Gifford Pinchot State Park Campground

    53 Reviews
    143 Photos
    250 Saves
    Wellsville, Pennsylvania

    Welcome to Gifford Pinchot State Park Campground, nestled near Wellsville, PA. This spot is a favorite among campers for its serene environment and variety of accommodations, including tent sites, RV spots, cabins, glamping options, and even yurts. The campground operates from the second Friday in April through October 31, making it a great seasonal getaway.

    One of the standout features here is the beautiful lakeside views. Some campers have raved about the stunning sunsets you can catch right from your site. If you're into water activities, you'll love the easy access to the lake for kayaking and fishing. The park is also pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    The campground offers essential amenities like drinking water, electric hookups, showers, and toilets. Firewood is available for those cozy campfires, and you can enjoy a meal at your picnic table. For those with larger rigs, the campground is big-rig friendly and has sewer hookups and a sanitary dump station.

    Visitors have noted the peaceful atmosphere, with the sounds of birds and owls adding to the natural charm. The restrooms, while older, are generally clean and functional. Families will appreciate the kid-friendly environment, with plenty of space for children to play and explore.

    Nearby, you'll find some local gems like Forry's Drive-In for a tasty ice cream treat. The park itself offers plenty of trails and scenic spots to explore, though some trails might be a bit overgrown. Overall, Gifford Pinchot State Park Campground is a solid choice for a relaxing and enjoyable camping experience.

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $15 - $130 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lancaster-New Holland KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Lancaster-New Holland KOA
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    Lancaster-New Holland KOA

    12 Reviews
    35 Photos
    37 Saves
    Narvon, Pennsylvania

    Welcome to Lancaster-New Holland KOA, a gem nestled near New Holland, PA. This campground is a fantastic spot for those looking to unwind and soak in some serene, picturesque views of the Amish countryside. The sites here are well-maintained, with clean gravel and plenty of space, making it a comfortable stay whether you're in a tent, RV, or one of the cozy cabins.

    One of the standout features of this campground is its cleanliness. Visitors frequently mention the spotless bathhouses and well-kept grounds. The staff here are known for their friendliness and helpfulness, adding a warm touch to your stay. Plus, the campground is well-lit, so navigating at night is a breeze.

    For those who enjoy a bit of convenience, the on-site store is stocked with essentials, and there's a market available too. If you're traveling with pets, you'll be pleased to know that this campground is pet-friendly. And yes, you can enjoy a campfire here, as fires are allowed and firewood is available for purchase.

    The views are nothing short of stunning, with many sites offering a beautiful overlook of the valley. It's a peaceful place, perfect for relaxing and taking in the natural beauty. While the campground doesn't have a pool, it does feature a playground that kids seem to enjoy.

    If you're looking to explore the area, you're in luck. The campground is a great base for visiting the Pennsylvania Amish of Lancaster County and is about an hour's drive from Hersheypark. Whether you're here for a quiet retreat or a bit of local exploration, Lancaster-New Holland KOA has got you covered.

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Quarryville
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Quarryville
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Quarryville
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Quarryville
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Quarryville
    Camper-submitted photo from Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Quarryville

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    Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Quarryville

    19 Reviews
    56 Photos
    122 Saves
    Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    Located on 63 lush, wooded acres that adjoin a scenic, 100-acre county park in Southern Lancaster, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort in Quarryville, Pennsylvania offers a breathtaking camping experience the whole family will enjoy! When our campers aren’t busy swimming and splashing at Yogi Bear’s Water Zone or bouncing high on our jumping pillows, they can enjoy endless outdoor attractions that will keep everyone busy from dawn ’till dusk. Just a short drive to any of the Amish Country and Hershey area attractions, Jellystone Park™ is the perfect spot to start making camping memories that will last a lifetime!

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from  Pinch Pond Family Campground & RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from  Pinch Pond Family Campground & RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from  Pinch Pond Family Campground & RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from  Pinch Pond Family Campground & RV Park
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    Camper-submitted photo from  Pinch Pond Family Campground & RV Park

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    Pinch Pond Family Campground & RV Park

    13 Reviews
    23 Photos
    80 Saves
    Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania

    Campsites at Pinch Pond can accommodate the smallest tent or the largest RV. All sites are equipped with a campfire ring and a picnic table. The RV sites have water, electric, sewer, and Cable TV hook-ups; and sites to accommodate pop-ups have water and electric hook-ups. Our sites are spacious and offer you plenty of room, with your choice of shady or sunny locations within the park.

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    Camper-submitted photo from Hersheypark Camping Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Hersheypark Camping Resort
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    Hersheypark Camping Resort

    23 Reviews
    67 Photos
    98 Saves
    Hummelstown, Pennsylvania

    From campfires to coasters, Hershey campground combines the fun of camping with the convenience and benefits of staying at an Official Resort of Hersheypark. Bring your tent or RV, or rent a cabin, and enjoy the year-round natural beauty of Hershey The Sweetest Place On Earth!

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    • Reservable
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    Camper-submitted photo from Blue Rocks Family Campground
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    Blue Rocks Family Campground

    25 Reviews
    79 Photos
    220 Saves
    Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania

    In the heart of the Eastern Pennsylvania wilderness, there’s an exciting escape for RVers, campers, and hikers of all ages. Blue Rocks Family Campground occupies over 100 acres of beautiful forest divided by mountain streams and is surrounded by miles of hiking trails that offer incredible views of the Pennsylvania countryside. Topped off with our breathtaking Blue Rocks boulder field that gives our camp its name, Blue Rocks Family Campground is truly the definition of an amazing outdoor Pennsylvania experience. We can’t wait to see ya!

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