Red Bridge Campground sits on the eastern shore of the Kinzua Arm of the Allegheny Reservoir in northwest Pennsylvania, offering a peaceful getaway for families and outdoor enthusiasts.
The campground offers swimming and bank fishing, with a boat launch nearby. For hikers, the North Country National Scenic Trail crosses SR 321 one-eighth of mile south of the campground. Over 4,000 miles long, the North Country National Scenic Trail stretches from New York to North Dakota. The Allegheny National Forest has nearly 100 miles of this trail between the New York state line and PA-66, maintained by volunteers from the Allegheny National Forest Chapter of the North Country Trail Association.
Red Bridge offers about 65 reservable campsites, each with a picnic table, fire ring and tent pad. Hot showers, vault and flush toilets, drinking water, and a dump station are provided. Some sites are waterfront while others have views of the water. Sites with electricity, water and sewage hookups are also available. Two sites have rentable cabins. Amenities such as firewood, ice, interpretive services and 24-hour campground attendants are offered at the site.
The Allegheny National Forest covers nearly half a million acres and is populated primarily with black cherry, maple and other hardwoods. The Kinzua Dam, built in 1965, impounds the Allegheny River to form the 25-mile-long Allegheny Reservoir. The campground is well wooded with mature black cherry, hemlock and birch trees. The grounds are off the Longhouse Scenic Byway, a 29-mile loop that circles the Kinzua Arm of the reservoir.
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This is my favorite campground so far in PA.
For the most part, there isn’t a bad site (although we didn’t see any of the walk up sites, and I recommend not booking a site immediately next to the bathrooms since the ones without showers are more like “outhouse” toilets and can stink). The sites are private, flat, surrounded by trees, and have plenty of space. The ground is quite rocky though, so bring plenty of heavy duty tent steaks.
Highlights include: the reservoir (beautiful and clean! You can swim with your dog from the access points at the campground), quiet, friendly staff (a kind older gentleman helped us jump my car and refused to take any money as a thank you), updated/very clean showers, not buggy, reception is great (we have Verizon), plenty of room to social distance, and 2 trading posts about 1 mile away with milk, eggs, basic supplies, etc.
Cons: the bathrooms without showers aren’t flush toilets, and there is no campground office so you must see the hosts for any issues.
Things to do nearby (last 5 pictures): the Kinzua Skywalk Bridge free- an old train bridge that was partially destroyed by a tornado in the early 2000’s. The bridge is handicap/stroller accessible, pets are allowed. There is a small indoor museum & gift shop, and a hiking trail along the wreckage. If you hike, wear good sneakers, the path is rocky and VERY steep. The hiking path is not recommended for small children). Bathrooms on site.
The Kinzua Dam free - beautiful. Handicap/stroller accessible, pets permitted. Bathrooms were closed due to social distancing.
Rimmrock overlook free- just a small distance from the parking lot. NOT stroller/handicap accessible, and there are rock steps, however we saw numerous families with small children go through the path with no issues. Pets permitted. Bathrooms on site.
Nearby towns of Kane and Ridgway looked cute, but we didn’t spend time there due to our efforts to social distance.
Very nice campground. We stayed just one night, but the site was truly amazing. The hosts are super nice and accommodating. Groceries only 15min drive away. Would definitely recommend.
We drove down from Western NY and were able to choose from 1 of 2 campsites. We lucked out and ended up with a beautiful site in view of the reservoir. Red Bridge was clean and quiet. The hosts were friendly and very informative.
Firewood and ice were sold in the campground.
We moved here after a night on the other side of the reservoir. This side doesn’t have the family hustle and bustle, but instead it has some more open spaces so stars can be seen easier and a little quieter clientele. We really enjoyed this side off the reservoir. Less public spaces in the shoreline but had some great sites. Site 6 and 7 were the best waterfront. Showers were clean and well kept. Camp hosts were the best we have come across! Go into Kane and discover the small town for a few hours.
After backpacking the rimrock/Morrison trails in one day, my friends and I all drove by Red bridge campground and thought it was perfect! We had a great spot right by the water. There are walk up spots and way more drive up to car camping spots. It was pretty busy, and the owners were constantly making their rounds before it started to get dark. The wild life was great, with barred owls, many ducks, and different fish species constantly popping up by the spot. Very peaceful at night and the showers and facilities are nice as well! Definitely recommend.
It sits at the bottom of the Kinzua Reservoir. There are non-electric waterfront sites with plenty of room. Full hookups are also available and just electric sites. Close to great trout fishing! Great restaurant just down the road with really awesome pizza! Ice cream for dessert. Also a little store about a mile away that has firewood and the camping necessities. They also sell bait. It is a fairly quiet campground and has beautiful scenery.