Pennsylvania RV parks and campgrounds exist throughout the entire state, and tend to cluster around the many State and National Parks that dot the Keystone State’s landscape. Pennsylvania is geographically diverse, including beaches in the northwest, mountains to the south and east, and a variety of forests, lakes, and rivers to explore in your RV or motorhome. Pennsylvania also has nearly every manner of outdoor adventure to offer, from rafting, hunting, fishing, and mountain biking, to stuff like off-roading, OHV, ATV and 4x4 excursions and destinations. Choosing the perfect RV site in Pennsylvania for you and your crew depends upon what you’re aiming to experience here. In fact, you might need to hitch up and haul down one road or another to properly experience this diverse utopia for camping.
Northwestern Pennsylvania RV parks tend to cluster around Erie, and the many beachside RV resorts in this corner of the state. Pennsylvania’s coast is at the bottom of Lake Erie, and the most popular venue in the region is Presque Isle State Park, which comes to life every summer with campers and RV enthusiasts who come to dip their toes in the cool waters of this Great Lake, and walk along the miles of beaches that extend out from downtown Erie. Gull Point is one of the state’s most popular hiking destinations, and the park is known for having several amusement parks and attractions to explore, including a famous lighthouse.
Motor south from Lake Erie and you’ll arrive at the Pymatuning Spillway and Pymatuning Lake State Park and Linesville Recreation Area. To the east of there are popular draws like Maurice K. Goddard State Park with its waterfalls and vibrant flora, and Oil Creek State Park further east still. Oil Creek State Park expertly combines the area’s natural beauty with organized recreational activities, historical points of interest, a museum and even a train that tours the landscape. To the north is the Drake Well Museum and Park, where the oil industry as we know it today began in 1859.
Down around the Pittsburgh RV parks and campgrounds are fantastic state parks and protected areas that are popular among locals as well as folks making their way from the eastern US to the west, or the reverse. Kooser State Park, Laurel Hill State Park, Shawnee State Park, Keystone State Park, and Ohiopyle State Park are all clustered in the foothills of the Appalachians to the southeast of the Pittsburgh metro area, and near the borders with Maryland and West Virginia. Go hunting, fishing, white water rafting, zip lining, or just go for a hike or bike ride along one of the well-maintained trails.
If you’re heading towards Central Pennsylvania, you’ll want to explore World’s End State Park, Little Buffalo State Park, and Gifford Pinchot State Park just outside of the Harrisburg, Hershey, and Lancaster areas. Motor north to Shikellamny State Park: Overlook Section, Greenwood Furnace State Park, or Bald Eagle State Park to explore the mountainous core of Pennsylvania. North Central Pennsylvania is home to protected natural gems like Susquehannock State Forest, Sproul State Forest, and Tioga State Forest, and the most popular state parks in the area include Lyman Run State Park, Cherry Springs State Park, Hills Creek State Park, and Leonard Harrision State Park. Further south, in the thickest and most remote section of the state you’ll find Kettle Creek State Park, Little Pine State Park, and Hyner View State Park.
Updated November 11, 2016.