Primitive Camping

Primitive Camping

No better place for challenging wilderness camping than in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region!  Completely immerse yourself into nature far from civilization. Designated camp areas along the banks of Wild & Scenic rivers including the Allegheny River Islands, in select state parks and the Allegheny National Forest.

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  • Allegheny National Forest

    Hundreds of miles of trails designated for hiking, biking, equestrian, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ATVing. Family-fun outdoor recreation including swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, picnicking and camping.

    Along with the rich variety of outdoor recreation, several camping opportunities are available including 600 campsites,...
  • Allegheny River - Tionesta

    Nationally designated as a Wild & Scenic river offering many recreational opportunities including public access, boating, canoe & kayaking, fishing, wildlife watching and wilderness camping.
  • Allegheny River Island Wilderness Area

    In 1984, Congress designated seven National Forest islands between Buckaloons Recreation Area and Tionesta as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System, to preserve vestiges of unique riverine forests. The islands are mostly vegetated with fine riverine forests of sycamore, silver maple, shagbark hickory and green ash. The Allegheny...
  • Big Elk Lick Horse Camp

    Bring your own horses to camp and ride the trails through the wilderness in the heart of the elk herd with access to Thunder Mountain Equestrian Trail. Unfortunately, they do not have rental horses and do not rent horseback rides.
  • Clear Creek State Forest

    Clear Creek State Forest provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, fishing, hunting and primitive camping. The forest has plenty of recreational trails available. Trails within the forest are open to mountain biking and to horseback riding unless posted closed. Primitive campers spending no more than one night on the State Forest do not...
  • Clear Creek State Park

    The park occupies a scenic portion of the Clear Creek Valley from PA 949 to the Clarion River. Recreational opportunities include: camping; canoeing, hunting, swimming, hiking, fishing, picnicking and winter activities. Call or go online for camping reservations. Cabins and yurts are available. Picnic tables, pavilions, and charcoal grills...
  • Cook Forest State Park

    The 8,500 acre park, once called the "Black Forest," is famous for its stands of old growth forest. Cook Forest's "Forest Cathedral" of towering white pines and hemlocks is a National Natural Landmark. The Clarion River is along the eastern border of the park and is popular for canoeing and fishing. Call or go online for camping reservations. Tent...
  • Elk State Forest

    Located principally in Elk and Cameron counties, Elk State Forest, comprised of 200,000 acres, is open to primitive camping, licensed hunting and fishing, and offers opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing.

    Primitive camping is overnight camping where all equipment is transported in limited trips by...
  • Flying W Ranch

    Scenic horseback rides through the Allegheny National Forest. Daily, weekend or weeklong vacations available. Professional rodeos held each year. Rt. 666, Kellettville, 12 mi. NE of Tionesta.
  • Jefferson County Reynlow Park

    Small fishing pond and quiet fishing lake compliment well maintained picnic sites, pavilions, gazebo, outdoor stage area, campground with 12 electric sites, and spacious play areas. Secluded and restful, quick access via I-80 and major state roadways.
  • Kelletville Campground

    Open year round. 20 sites suitable for tents and trailers. Flush toilets during season, water, dump station, vault toilets.
  • Lakeshore Camping

    Open year round, weather permitting. 47 primitive minimum impact campsites. Boat access only from either Nebraska Bridge or Tionesta Dam boat launches. Water and restrooms available at the boat launch seasonally. Boat launching fee April through September at the Tionesta Dam launch site.
  • Lakeview Store LLC

    Located by the George Stevenson Dam dock at Sinnemahoning State Park. Open April first through hunting season. Three fully furnished cabins, two primitive cabins and seven RV spots with electric hookups. Camping store, dump station, water, propane and gas station.
  • Minister Creek Recreation Area

    The Allegheny National Forest's smallest campground, offering 6 sites along Minister Creek. It's located on Rt. 666, 18 miles northeast of Tionesta. Each site contains a picnic table, fire ring, and tent pad. Vault toilets and hand pumps. Open all year. No reservations - the campsites are filled on a first come, first served basis. Fee payment...
  • Minister Creek Trail

    This 6.6 mile trail begins at the Minister Creek Campground and forms a loop through the Minister Creek Undeveloped Area north of SR 666. This trail offers challenges to a wide range of skill levels as it climbs to the plateau within the Minister Creek Undeveloped Area. The Minister Creek Trail joins the North Country National Scenic Trail along...

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