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Most Recent Tide Camping Reviews
Awesome

Awesome owners,quiet place to relax. Tent site was nice and conveniently located next to the bathhouse

Prince Gallitzin SP

A huge park and packed to the brim with campers. Even on a Sunday evening. Parkee told me that normal summer get about 90 to 95% capacity, but with Covid they are surpassing that even during the week. Lucky to get a spot.

Fairly level, shaded sites, ours with electricity. ATT & Verizon signal were usable. Big lake for water sports & fishing. Would return again when it is less crowded. Easy to maneuver roads even for larger rigs.

Campground on the GAP bike trail

I’ve stayed at this campground several times while bike-packing on the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) rails-to-trails bike path, which is one of the best bike trails in the country. There are numerous primitive campsites (reservations aren’t needed). There are no hookups for RV campers, but it does accommodate drive in tent campers. The campground is associated with a B&B across the river in Rockwood. After you’ve picked a site you go to the B&B to pay. No showers at the campground but use of the showers and laundry at the B&B is included in campground fee. There is a port-a-john at the campground. Each site is equipped with a stock of firewood and has a picnic table. One thing to note is that there is a rail corridor across the river with trains passing by through the night, blasting their horn

Firewood Stacked at each Site

Bikepacking the Great Allegheny Passage Trail from Pittsburgh PA to Cumberland MD brings with it the opportunity to camp along the way…oftentimes, directly beside the trail.  Such is the case with Husky Haven Campground, which is positioned on the edge of the tiny trail town of Rockwood. The history behind these towns is pretty cool, but little is left from those boon days.

Husky Haven Campground is an interesting place. The actual primitive tent camping is located directly alongside the GAP Trail, but the office, showers, modern restrooms, laundry and watersource are back down the trail, down the main drag and off a side street on the opposite side of the river. So it is not convenient after a long day in the saddle on the trail. And the price, I feel, is a bit steep at $15 per person…others may disagree. If you are flying solo, it’s a great deal, if not, it gets pricey.

During our stay in mid-June, as things were operating on abbreviated hours due to Covid-19, the laundry facilities were not available to us, not any amenity in the office area…other than the restroom/showers (which were very nice…and the water was hot).

For bikepackers with laden bicycles, it was not an easy task to travel back and forth.

The campground itself was well-maintained and clean. It was entirely dirt but it was flat and racked free of debris. 

Campsite amenities:

  • Former milk jugs filled with water are brought to your site
  • Firewood is provided than is possible to use and more is available, Newspaper to start the fire is also provided
  • Portable latrines are spaced throughout the campground
  • Picnic table
  • Fire Ring/cooking grate
  • For $20 more there are pavilion rentals

Campsites are open and visible from site to site. We were fortunate and were the only campers in the entire campground. The endless supply of dry, cured firewood was very nice.

They do offer a Guesthouse for rent that is attached to the office/laundry/restroom/shower area on the opposite side of the river.

Note: nights are noisy. It seemed as though you heard every voice, every dog bark, every car and definitely every train from the opposite side of the river. So I would not consider it a peaceful campground, but it certainly met the need.

Great Hike/Bike Camping Area on the Great Allegheny Passage Trail

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. 

Amenities:

  • Raised Tent pads (4)
  • Vault Toilet
  • Adirondack Shelters (2)
  • Firepits
  • 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.

Plenty of do for everyone

This is probably one of my favorite campgrounds in PA and we like to stay right along the wooded area by beach and playground.

This gives the kids access to water, playground, and a quick trip up to the camp store for ice cream.  We've also rented a pontoon boat for the day from the marina which is great time as well.  They have a mountain bike course in the back of the park in addition to hiking trails that border the lake.

Prince Gallitzin is definitely one of the larger state parks in Pennsylvania so expect there to be a lot of people and busier but it's a very nice place to visit.

Depends what you’re looking for!

This campground was our least favorite of the many we’ve been to this summer, in large part because there were so many people! We stayed in 103 RedOak loop because we had our dogs. The site itself was fine, and there were no hook ups - which we knew- in that section. The mix of tents and smaller pop ups was nice. But, if you want to get away and be in nature this may not be your spot. The sites across/diagonal to us started playing movies on their big screen projector Friday and Sat. nights. If I wanted to hear my neighbors movies I would have stayed home. And others in our loop arrived late, close to 11 pm and spent the next hour hammering stakes for their tent. Everything just felt so loud. Because it was pet friendly there was a constant barking festival - our dogs included- because you were basically on the main loop road where everyone walked their dogs with little privacy.

We also hoped to work on Friday during our stay given they advertise WiFi. We paid for WiFi for the day and couldn’t get much work done. We won’t make that mistake again. There was little to no data for AT&T.

We spent a day on the lake on a pontoon that was from 1972. The younger staff were great and all respectful wearing masks. The lake was fine but nothing like Deep CreekMD or Summersville, WV. People were average friendly. The trails were nice enough but they were walking trails around the lake. Our dogs liked that.

If you want to kayak or fish, that’s the adventure you’ll get here. And you will be in campground Americana with 300 other people.

Great place to get away

Spent a week here and had a great relaxing time. Will definitely return. Beautiful place.

If you're looking for a quiet place, this is not it.

While I understand that Memorial Day is a very busy camping weekend, I was hoping that due to the coronavirus that this spot would be less crowded given the restrictions in place.  Our loop had approximately 50 sites with roughly 200 people on it, minimum.  The concept of social distancing here is a joke and the only evidence of there being a pandemic was the sign in the bathroom that stated to stay 6 feet apart and masks being a requirement in all park buildings… with no enforcement whatsoever.  That said, sites are on the small side with a fire ring and a picnic table.  All vehicles MUST back into the parking spaces, and all parking spots are blacktop.  There is a camp store and a bundle of decent hardwood will cost $6; they do accept cards with a $10 minimum.  The city of Altoona is about 30 minutes away for more extensive shopping.  There is a marina and boat rental on the lake about a 10 minute drive away.  Bathrooms are very clean and the push button showers have excellent water pressure.  Drinking water is dispersed throughout each loop.  Pets are allowed on certain loops.