The campground is small but it is quiet and clean. Route 31 is nearby but it wasn’t all that noticeable. There was a nice playground area for kids and some nice overflow tent sites nearby. Several pull thru sites are available along with some nice sites near the creek. My only complaint is that many of the sites are not level at all and take some serious work to get your rig level. The campground is close to many places in the Laurel Highlands which makes it convenient. Firewood is available 24/7 for $5 a bundle.
Stayed in one of 4 full hookup sites. My complains…WAY too close to the neighbors and VERY little shade. It’s a small campground though. Would probably stay at again. There is road noise, which really didn’t bother me. I liked the good cell coverage since my oldest kid was at home.
Site number 12 is a pull thru that was very easy to level with a great are for my 2 year old granddaughter to enjoy. Bathhouse was very clean with hot water shower.
My son and I tent camped here in July to escape the head down in Pittsburgh. Sits up high in the mountains close to 3000ft elevation. Park and campground are very small and almost desolate during the week. There is a main road nearby and you hear industrial trucks rolling by constantly. There are some great private tent only wooded sites that sit above the main park of the campground so you really feel secluded.
It has a pretty decent campground with nice spots. A great area for hiking and taking walks. Pet friendly. Only downfall is that the lake swimming area is closed
Kooser is a nice little park set amid large tracts of public lands. There's a pretty lake where people fish and picnic, though the swimming beach is probably not going to reopen. The cabins are beautiful and nearly always booked--despite the fact that they sit awfully close to a noisy state highway. There's only one hiking trail within the park's 250 acres. But it's a decent trail with sharp elevation gain. The campground is popular, so you have to book early for Memorial Day of Labor Day. But as a tent-camper, I didn't find Kooser to be ideal. The whole campground has been recently restructured to allow for more big rig camping. Most sites sit in the full sun, and they have electrical hookups for air conditioning and the bane of the forest: radios! There are really only three little tenting sites in a wooded area of the campground, a little higher up the hillside. But the place is well-maintained. The showers are nice. There's a great playground for kids. So if you've got a trailer and a pack of kids, this is your place. If not, consider a night of backcountry camping in the nearby Forbes State Forest.
We met with friends from Pittsburgh here, they visit often and consider this a hidden gem. We enjoyed the waterfront camping and snowshoeing. We got a site by the water and with good tree cover. They also have cabins but we were just in a tent (I don’t know if the cabins are open all year). Great place to camp for simple beauty.
Simple wooded beauty in southern PA, an hour or so from Pittsburgh not far off 76. Pros: nice swimming, short trail, great XC skiing (here and nearby), nice green area with rolling hills, cabin options, hot showers, a few tent-only sites, creek by campground, wildlife (turkeys and deer right by the tent), lots of other parks nearby (plus skiing, golf). Cons: one-way road was a little frustrating, mostly open style campground (not a lot of privacy for many sites), road close to park.
Kooser State Park sits on the border of Forbes State Forest in the Laurel Highlands. It has a mix of camper & tent sites around a central clearing, and offers a few cabins. There is a central bathroom with showers, flush toilets and a sink to wash your dishes.