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Spend the Night

Dream under the stars! Enjoy the fresh air and calm of sleeping in nature. From state parks to the Allegheny National Forest, there is a wide range of camping styles and locations to choose from. From rustic cabins, to tent camping or glamping, the Pennsylvania Wilds welcomes you to make your bed in nature.

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Spend the Night

A variety of camping styles are available across the Pennsylvania Wilds, from rustic trail and backpacking camping, to tent camping, RVs and campers on both State Forest Land and in the Allegheny National Forest. (Pictured: Pine Creek Rail Trail camping by Jeff Krause)

Reconnect with Nature

PA Wilds Camping

The scent of campfire and roasted marshmallows. Picnic table dining. Reconnect with nature... and yourself. Watch the sun set, and the sun rise. Wake up to crisp morning air. Orient yourself to the natural sleep and waking patterns of nature. No alarm clock needed!

National Forest Site Reservations

Camp in the ANF

State Park Camping

Camp in our State Parks

Camp Under the Stars

Cherry Springs State Park

Stories Around the Campfire

Campfire stories, s'mores and fresh air... camping makes memories that last a lifetime. The Pennsylvania Wilds offers more than 1,800 campsites. From tent camping, to rustic lodges and hook ups for RVs and campers, explore our State Parks and the Allegheny National Forest to plan your camping adventure.

Journeys & Landscapes

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Allegheny National Forest and Surrounds

Covering more than 500,000 acres, the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) is Pennsylvania’s only national forest. It dominates the western end of the Pennsylvania Wilds and contains within it and around it some of the region’s most treasured places and experiences.

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Cook Forest and the Ancients

Known as a land of giants because of the “forest cathedral” of ancient pines and hemlocks, this landscape is an ode to the majesty of the Pennsylvania Wilds and home to many of the tallest hemlock and pine trees in the Northeast. If an adventure among Cook Forest & The Ancients sounds mystifyingly exciting to you, rest assured that you’ll rest well during your exploration. So what are you waiting for? The Ancients are calling. Come see the tallest pine tree in the Northeast, the longfellow pine, at 184 feet of awesome!

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Dark Skies

Inspiring awe and delight, Dark Skies is home to the world’s second certified International Dark-Sky Park. Cherry Springs State Park is world-famous for being one the best places in the USA for stargazing and the study of astronomy. But these mesmerizing, star-filled skies are JUST the beginning.

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Elk Country

This is a place that lives up to its name. Home to the largest free-roaming elk herd in the northeastern United States, Elk Country features two large visitor centers to welcome you. If you come to Elk Country for the Elk, you won’t be disappointed. But if you stick around to see what’s all around you, you’ll be delighted you did.

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Pine Creek Valley and The PA Grand Canyon

The Eastern Gateway to the PA Wilds...If it’s your first visit to the region, the PA Grand Canyon is a must see and one of the perfect ways to orient your mind and senses to the wonders of the Wilds. But once you’ve delighted in the Pine Creek Gorge views, you’ll soon discover that this scenic and unique landscape is best discovered from multiple vantage points.

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I-80 Frontier

Whether you’re coming from the east, south or west, the I-80 Frontier is the quintessential welcome mat to the Pennsylvania Wilds. With its proximity to Pennsylvania’s southern population centers of Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, not to mention close by New York City, and Cleveland on the western side, it’s easy to plan a trip for each season. Home to forested state parks and storied towns and places, any given exit off the interstate is a surefire way to find and explore the natural and hidden wonders of the region.