Pittsburgh May 14, 2017
The 7 Best Places To Pitch A Tent Around Pittsburgh This Summer
Roast marshmallows over an open fire then gaze upward, pointing out the constellations in a sky unobstructed by the bright city lights. Listen to the sounds of nature as you roll up in your sleeping bag for an old-fashioned night of camping in a cozy tent. Here are several of the best places to camp in Pittsburgh this summer.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Keystone State Park – 1150 Keystone Park Road, Derry, PA 15627
Pitch your tent at Keystone State Park, a sprawling natural oasis that spans 1,200 acres. The park boasts 100 spots for tents that are open from April through October. Sleep lakeside at the Lakeside Campground or, if you prefer privacy, opt for the remote Hillside Campground. Both campsites feature a bathhouse and a sanitary dump station. Keystone State Park also offers camping cottages, yurts, and modern cabins for rent, if you prefer a less rustic experience.
2. Ohiopyle State Park – 171 Dinnerbell Road, Ohiopyle, PA 15470
Explore all that Ohiopyle State Park has to offer - a natural water slide, miles of hiking trails, and waterfalls - then sleep under the stars at Kentuck Campground. Enjoy such amenities as shower houses and a sanitary dumping station in the campground while each of the 200 campsites feature a picnic table, a parking space, and a fire ring. Kentuck Campground welcomes campers from April to the middle of December.
3. Bear Run Campground – 184 Badger Hill Road, Portersville, PA 16051
Spend your days on Lake Arthur at nearby Moraine State Park then slide into your tent at Bear Run Campground for an unforgettable camping adventure. Bear Run Campground features primitive sites, as well as cabin rentals, that will allow you to enjoy a rustic camping experience. The campground itself also offers a range of activities, including fishing, horseback riding, a game room, and kayak rentals.
4. Benner’s Meadow Run Campground – 315 Nelson Road, Farmington, PA 15437
Let the golden sunshine drift into your tent and wake you each morning at Benner's Meadow Run Campground. Or, rent a log cabin, a mountain cottage, or a picturesque barn if you prefer something a little less rustic. Spend your nights under the stars and your days engaging in the many offered activities, including games, crafts, and wagon rides.
5. Raccoon Creek State Park – 3000 State Route 18, Hookstown, PA 15050
Camp among the trees at Raccoon Creek State Park. For an old-fashioned, rustic experience, opt for the Sioux Rustic Campground, open all year and featuring pit latrines and water. Raccoon Creek State Park also offers 127 modern tent sites that include showers, electricity, and toilets. Campers may also want to rent a modern cabin or the roomy lodge.
6. Breakneck Campground – 1757 Cheeseman Road, Portersville, PA 16051
Hide away at Breakneck Campground. Spend the night in a primitive or a semi-primitive campsite or opt for the picturesque scenic deck. Just pitch your tent on the deck, overlooking a gorge, for a memorable evening of camping. Tent sites are within easy walking distance of bathrooms and enclosed showers. Breakneck Campground also features a hillside hut and rustic cabins.
7. Buttercup Woodlands Campground – 854 Evans City Road, Renfrew, PA 16053
Check into Buttercup Campground for an old-fashioned good time this summer. The Butler County campground offers traditional tent camping as well as cabin rentals. Go as rustic or as modern as you like, enjoying a full range of amenities, including a laundromat, a camp store, showers, picnic tables, a playground, and a recreation and dance hall.
Are you ready to camp near Pittsburgh this summer? Whether you prefer pitching a tent in the rustic wilderness or
relaxing in a luxurious glampground, you have plenty of choices of camping spots. Address: 1150 Keystone Park Road, Derry, PA 15627 Address: 184 Badger Hill Road, Portersville, PA 16051 Address: 171 Dinnerbell Road, Ohiopyle, PA 15470 Address: 315 Nelson Road, Farmington, PA 15437 Address: 3000 State Route 18, Hookstown, PA 15050 Address: 1757 Cheeseman Road, Portersville, PA 16051 Address: 854 Evans City Road, Renfrew, PA 16053