Pennsylvania State Parks are some of the best places that I know of to go tent camping in the summer. I have been to several of the parks over the years and have found a few to be better than the others. With that said, here's a quick rundown on five of the best ones:
Shawnee State Park
The Shawnee State Park is located in Schellsburg and features campsites that range in length from 20 feet to 115 feet. In my opinion, what makes it a stand out is its designated pet camping section. It features a pet walking area, a shower house and a water station. On the weekend, tent sites typically start at $27 a night
Black Moshannon State Park
The Black Moshannon State Park is located in Phillipsburg and features nice, level campsites that range in length from 30 feet to 73 feet. Many of the tent sites are outfitted with both a picnic table and a fire ring. For those that enjoy hiking, there is a challenging trail that starts near the tent sites and ends at the lake. Weekend tent sites tend to rent for $27 a night.
Locust Lake State Park
The Locust Lake State Park is located in Barnesville and features campsites that range in length from 18 feet to 68 feet. Tent campers may choose from lakeside sites, walk-in sites and pet friendly sites. Many of the tent sites are level, shaded and come equipped with a fire ring, a pad and a picnic table. Those planning on hiking should check out the Oak Loop Trail. I find it to be one of the best ones. Weekend tent sites generally cost $31 a night.
Ricketts Glenn State Park
The Ricketts Glenn State Park is located in Benton and features shady, pet friendly, campsites that range in length from 13 feet to 50 feet. Two of the other nice things about the park are the amazing waterfalls and the hiking trails. In my opinion, the Falls Trail is the best one. A weekend campsite will tend to cost $25 a night.
Lackawanna State Park
The Lackawanna State Park is located in Dalton and features campsites that range in length from 20 feet to 48 feet. It offers tent campers a nice array of sites to choose from including ones that are walk-in. The park is also pet friendly and offers a pet walking area. Onsite activities include mountain biking, hiking, boating and fishing. Weekend campsites typically rent for $31 a night.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys summer sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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