Nature’s calling! Getting away from it all is pretty much welcomed any time of the year, right? And, sometimes nothing helps us relax and recharge like spending time in nature – going for long walks in the woods, exploring a picturesque lake by boat, and falling asleep under the stars. These five breathtaking state parks in Pittsburgh offer camping all year-round, making each a perfect place to visit for your next getaway.

Have you ever camped at any of these five state parks near Pittsburgh? Share your experience in the comments! There are so many wonderful state parks to visit in Pittsburgh, even when the weather is cold and snowy! In fact, this is one of our favorite cold-weather hikes in Pittsburgh.

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What are some pretty state parks to visit in Pittsburgh?

We Pittsburghers are fortunate to live within driving distance of a plethora of beautiful state parks. While there are some perennial Pittsburg favorites, like Moraine State Park and Keystone State Park, there are many, many more beautiful parks around town that are lesser-known, yet equally enchanting! Some are tiny, while others stretch thousands of acres. You'd be surprised by just how many beautiful little parks there are around Pittsburgh;

  • Allegheny Islands State Park, for example, is one of the most remote state parks near Pittsburgh. You can only access Allegheny Islands State Park, spanning 50 acres, via boat. Explore the undeveloped park via the footpaths. Popular activities include wildlife watching, fishing, and boating. Camping is permitted, but only for groups who obtain permission from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
  • Ryerson Station State Park is another state park we love. The park promises plenty of fun all year around. On those cold winter days, go cross country skiing, snowmobiling, or sledding. Of course, the state park also features such warm weather activities as swimming, fishing, and picnicking. Embark on one of the 13 miles of hiking trails. Or, spend the night at one of the rustic camp sites or rent a cottage.


What are the best places for camping in Pittsburgh?

In the mood to embrace the Great Outdoors of Pittsburgh, PA? Check out these lovely campsites *and* glampgrounds in and near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:

  • Ross Point Park Campground – New Castle
  • Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest – Harrisville
  • Pymatuning State Park – Jamestown
  • Ohiopyle Lodge – Ohiopyle
  • Bear Run Campground – Portersville
  • Keystone State Park – Derry
  • Lake Arthur Family Campground
Looking for more places to pitch a tent in PA? Here are some more of our favorite campgrounds in Pittsburgh.