5 Glorious Campgrounds In Pennsylvania Where No Reservation Is Required

With its many state parks and campgrounds, sleeping under the stars has never been easier in Pennsylvania. But, if you’re in the mood to camp on the spur-of-the-moment, you don’t have quite as many options for pitching a tent at the last minute. Here, however, are five glorious campgrounds in Pennsylvania where you can camp out right now, provided space is available, since no reservation is required.

*Please note: No reservations mean camping spots are available on a first come first serve basis. You may find a campground has no or little space or you can’t find the kind of space where you want to pitch your tent.

These charming campgrounds in Pennsylvania promise a camping spot on a first come first serve basis. Do you know of any other campgrounds in Pennsylvania that don’t require reservations? Let us know in the comments! And, if you enjoy rustic camping experiences, check out these 10 rustic campgrounds.

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Campgrounds In Pennsylvania

June 06, 2019

What are some of the best campgrounds in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania boasts something for everyone when it comes to camping. For a family camping trip, try one of the no reservations state parks in Pennsylvania. Or, check out Jellystone Park in Mill Run, Splash Magic Campground in Northumberland, and Lake In Wood Resort in Narvon, the latter of which allows you to reserve a covered wagon or a tipi. Campers can pitch a tent right on the beach leading into Lake Erie at Sara’s Campground.

Are you allowed to camp in state parks?

Pennsylvania’s home to 121 state parks, and many allow camping. However, state park camping seasons may vary. Some campgrounds will only be open seasonally while others welcome campers all year around. Camping options include RV sites, tents, and cabins.

The Pennsylvania DCNR provides a full listing of campsites, operating months, and the type of lodging available. You can even browse the Pennsylvania DCNR website to find available dates and to make reservations, if applicable.

What are some of the things I need to take on a camping trip?

Make a list of what to bring with you on your next camping adventure, and check it off as you pack each item. Some of the essentials include a first aid kit, insect repellent, a sleeping bag or bedding (depending on where you will camp), a pillow, and flashlights with extra batteries.

Pack plenty of clothes, swimsuits, beach towels, bathing towels, and toiletries, such as your toothbrush, soap, and any regular medications you take.