Best Camping near Mount Carmel, PA

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    Camper-submitted photo from Locust Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Locust Lake State Park Campground
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    Locust Lake State Park Campground

    29 Reviews
    84 Photos
    150 Saves
    Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania

    Welcome to Locust Lake State Park Campground, nestled near Barnesville, PA. This spot is a gem for those who enjoy a mix of relaxation and outdoor activities. The campground operates from mid-April to mid-October, offering a great escape during the warmer months.

    One of the highlights here is the beautiful lake, perfect for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. The water is clean, and there's a nice paved path encircling the lake, making it ideal for a leisurely stroll or a bike ride. The beach area is well-maintained and a hit with families.

    The campground itself has a variety of sites, some right on the waterfront. While the views are stunning, be prepared for some uneven ground. A few campers have mentioned needing to use ramps or blocks to level their trailers. If you're tent camping, you might want to scout out the flattest spot before setting up.

    Amenities include electric hookups, drinking water, showers, and toilets. There's also a camp store that stocks essentials, souvenirs, and even hard ice cream. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    For those who love hiking, the surrounding hills and trails offer some great opportunities to explore. Whether you're looking for a short hike or a more challenging trek, you'll find something to suit your pace.

    Overall, Locust Lake State Park Campground is a fantastic spot for a family getaway or a peaceful retreat in nature. Just be mindful of the site conditions and enjoy all the activities this park has to offer.

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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Knoebels Campground
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    Knoebels Campground

    23 Reviews
    57 Photos
    87 Saves
    Marion Heights, Pennsylvania

    Turn your Knoebels visit into a family vacation by staying at the Knoebels Park Campground! After a long day of riding, playing, swimming and eating at Knoebel’s, you’ll be just steps away from the crackling campfire and your pillow. Our family campground is tucked away in a quiet forest setting, so you can get away from it all and awake refreshed and ready for more fun! Pitch your tent, park your RV or camper, or stay in one of our rustic log cabins.

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $59 - $160 / night

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    Camper-submitted photo from Ricketts Glen State Park Campground
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    Ricketts Glen State Park Campground

    65 Reviews
    235 Photos
    517 Saves
    Sweet Valley, Pennsylvania

    Boasting 22 named waterfalls amid old-growth forest and deeply-incised canyons, Rickett’s Glen State Park encompasses more than 13,000 acres around a high bluff known as the Allegheny Front. On top of the bluff, several lakes—Lake Jean being the largest—are the source of the many creeks that tumble down the canyons and create the spectacular falls. The area was mostly logged out in the early 1900s by the landowner, R. Bruce Ricketts, before he decided to preserve the woodlands in the falls’ three glens. Following efforts to turn the area into a national park in the 1930s failed, he began selling the land to the state of Pennsylvania, who turned the area into a state park in 1944. The park is now a year-round destination for camping, hiking, fishing, bird-watching, paddling, skiing and ice climbing.

    Just an hour’s drive west of Scranton, the campground at Rickett’s Glen offers 120 drive-in campsites in two areas near the shore of Lake Jean. Sites can accommodate trailers and RVs up to 40 feet; some sites are ADA accessible, and a few group camps are available. Hookups are not available, but there is a dump station outside the camping area. Facilities in the campgrounds include restrooms with showers, drinking water, an amphitheater, a trail to the lake’s beach, and a designated dog area. The Big Loop campground also has five deluxe cottages available to rent. In a separate area, there are 10 cabins available, as well as a boat ramp (rentals available) and snack bar. Campsite rates range from $15–$20/night; cabins and cottages range from $60–$115/night.

    The most popular activity at Rickett’s Glen is to hike through the three waterfall glens. This can be done via several looping trails ranging from 3.4 miles to 7.2 miles. Two trailheads are located above the falls, from the lakes area, and one is located below the falls, from PA Route 118. Other summer activities in the park include paddling and fishing on Lake Jean, or just soaking up the sun at the beach. An onsite naturalist offers guided walks, nature activities and interpretive programs. There are also limited hunting opportunities. If visiting during the winter season, many of the trails are open for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Ice fishing is popular, as is ice climbing on the waterfalls. Check the park’s website for off-season services, accessibility, and ice climbing requirements.

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $15 - $150 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Glory Campground
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    Lake Glory Campground

    15 Reviews
    21 Photos
    40 Saves
    Shamokin, Pennsylvania

    Lake Glory is Knoebels second campground, set by a beautiful, secluded lake in Catawissa, PA. It’s just a short drive from the park, with free shuttle bus service available to and from Knoebels Amusement Park. Bring your tent, camper, RV or stay in one of our cozy cabins.

    There are no extra charges for large families, restrooms, dumping station, play area or guests. There will be a fee of $5 for use of the dumping station by non-overnight guests.

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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $50 - $80 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Hickory Run State Park Campground
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    Hickory Run State Park Campground

    60 Reviews
    190 Photos
    470 Saves
    Albrightsville, Pennsylvania

    Are you daring enough to hike the Shades of Death Trail? This is just one of the hiking trails available to visitors at Hickory Run State Park. Not to worry though, the trail is not nearly as ominous as its name. Hickory Run was established as a state park in 1945 following a long and storied history of devastation and restoration. The first settlements in the area occurred following the American Revolution, when landowners began building mills on the local creeks. By the mid-1800s, the area was clearcut, then experienced several incidents of fire and flooding. In 1935 the area was purchased by the National Park Service (NPS) for use as a recreation area, and many of the roads, campgrounds and trails were developed. Ten years later, the NPS transferred the land to the state of Pennsylvania for use as a state park.

    Just 30 miles south of Scranton, Hickory Run State Park is a 16,000-acre natural area in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains. The area features numerous trout streams, boulder fields, wetlands and restored forests. The area is also home to a variety of wildlife, from birds to black bears. The park’s large campground features more than 300 tent, trailer and RV sites, as well as a few walk-in sites and camping cottages. Some campsites are ADA accessible. Park facilities include restrooms with showers, drinking water, two playgrounds, amphitheater, fishing pier, dog-walking area, and a camp store. There’s also recycling and dump stations. The Shades of Death and Beach trails are accessible right from the campground. Campsite rates range from $15–$40/night; cabins and cottages range from $38–$105/night.

    There is no shortage of outdoor play to be enjoyed on your visit to Hickory Run. On warm days, cool off with a dip in Sand Spring Lake, or go wading below Hawk Falls; cast a line for brook and brown trout in Hickory Run or Mud Run; or test your precision at the park’s disc golf course. There are also several geocaches hidden in the park if you’re up for a little treasure hunting. If you’re packing hiking boots, you have 44 miles of trails to wander. Choose from short, family-friendly nature and wildlife-watching trails, to the more strenuous Boulder Field Trail, which traverses a 16.5-acre field of sandstone boulders that predate several of North America’s ice ages. In winter, many of the park’s trails are open for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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    Jonestown/Hershey KOA

    16 Reviews
    15 Photos
    66 Saves
    Jonestown, Pennsylvania

    Welcome to Jonestown/Hershey KOA, a year-round campground nestled near Jonestown, PA. This spot is a solid choice for campers looking for a mix of convenience and natural beauty. The campground is right next to the expansive 3,750-acre Swatara State Park, making it perfect for hiking and biking enthusiasts. The Swatara Rail Trail is a highlight, offering great opportunities for biking and connecting with nature.

    The campground itself has a variety of accommodations, including tent sites, RV spots, and cabins. It's got all the essentials: drinking water, electric and sewer hookups, showers, and toilets. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. Fires are allowed, and you can even buy firewood on-site.

    One of the standout features here is the stream that runs through the campground. It's great for water play in the summer and offers some picturesque views for photography during cooler months. The grounds are well-maintained, and there's a playground and a dog park to keep everyone entertained.

    If you're into convenience, you'll appreciate the on-site restaurant that even delivers to your site. There's also a general store for any last-minute supplies you might need. However, be aware that WiFi and cellular service can be spotty, so it might be a good idea to plan for some offline time.

    Visitors have mentioned that the staff is friendly and helpful, which always makes for a better camping experience. Whether you're here for a quick getaway or an extended stay, Jonestown/Hershey KOA offers a comfortable and enjoyable camping experience.

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Blue Rocks Family Campground
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    Blue Rocks Family Campground

    25 Reviews
    79 Photos
    223 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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    • Reservable
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    Camp A While

    7 Reviews
    34 Photos
    87 Saves
    Muir, Pennsylvania

    We are nestled in the beautiful mountains of Hegins, Pennsylvania where you will be able to “Camp-A-While” and “Stay-A-While”.

    We have 136 RV sites with water, sewer and electric and 28 tent sites each with barbeques. All our sites are equipped with a fire ring and a picnic table,  We can offer that relaxing quiet weekend you are looking for, pull up a chair, grab a good book and listen to the running water of one of the many streams we have throughout the campground, or Cast your line into the stocked pond, (its catch and release so no fish dinners!). Want a little more excitement? We have on-site events every weekend of the season and are located near 25 major attractions. Grab the family for a fun game of volleyball, basketball or horseshoes, set your fitbit, leash your 4 legged best friend  and take a walk on our beautiful nature trail!  Take a Dip in the pool, its open daily 11-8, Memorial Day- Labor Day.  Stop in the lodge and watch some tv, visit the game room for kids and adults alike, shop the camp store we carry  everything from milk and eggs, fresh meat from the local butcher, Hershey’s Ice Cream, toys, camping equipment to RV parts.  Our restrooms are open 24 hours.  Come see your little slice of Heaven here in Hegins We look very forward to seeing you this season.

    Michelle, Rob and the furkids - Franklin & Lacey

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $26 - $44 / night

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    Indian Head Campground

    7 Reviews
    28 Photos
    29 Saves
    Catawissa, Pennsylvania

    Location... Located on approximately 35 acres at the confluence of Fishing Creek, and the Susquehanna River, Indian Head Campground offers grass covered, tree shaded sites for both RV's and tents, or more open sites if you prefer no trees. Tent sites are normally situated under trees, on grass, and have a table and fire ring. Water is close by, and our most popular tenting area is across from the restroom and shower building. The small pavilion is located there for tenters to use. There are more isolated tent sites near our boat ramp, and others may be found at various places around the campground. A very nice large, somewhat isolated and spacious area for group tent camping is available upon request.

    Camping Sites... Our RV sites have a table and fire ring, 30 amp electric hookup, along with water. The RV unit will park on a gravel base, and is surrounded with grass and trees. We have a more open area that is popular with camping clubs. It has 30 amp electric and water, but no individual table or fire ring. A covered large pavilion is conveniently close by with a fireplace, tables, electric lights, and water for clubs to gather for meetings and meals.

    The River... Our concrete boat launch at the mouth of Fishing Creek, places your boat just a lures throw from the Susquehanna River, an American treasure that originates in Cooperstown, New York, and empties into the Chesapeake Bay at Havre de Grace, Maryland. An ambitious plan is underway to map the river for boat or canoe trips with access points, boat launches, camping, historic points, hazards, waypoints, and other things of interest for a boating day trip, or more ambitious trips that you may wish to plan. Maps and guides will soon be available for purchase. Also underway is a project to utilize abandoned railroad lines, along with some private property, and create bicycling and hiking paths, allowing easy access from the campground onto the path.

    Campground Store... We have a well stocked camp store that contains souvenirs, RV supplies, some limited food items that you may have forgotten, and some ice cream. We sell firewood for your campfires, and we have WiFi available for a charge.

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    • Reservable
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    Tuscarora State Park Campground

    9 Reviews
    14 Photos
    44 Saves
    Barnesville, Pennsylvania
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Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the most popular campground near Mount Carmel, PA?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Mount Carmel, PA is Locust Lake State Park Campground with a 4.2-star rating from 29 reviews.

What parks are near Mount Carmel, PA?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 19 parks near Mount Carmel, PA that allow camping, notably Blue Marsh Lake and Mississippi River Headwaters - Leech Lake.