Written by Danielle Taylor | Header photo by Mountain Main Photography
No matter what kind of accommodation you seek, there’s something that will fit what you’re looking for in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors. A trip here, whether it’s a romantic weekend getaway, a longer vacation with the whole family, or even a quick overnight stop, can help you take a break from the stress of regular life.
Many people come to the region for its untamed wilderness and natural beauty, and you can find a range of accommodations with the area’s magnificent forests, from luxurious guest lodges that offer fine dining, in-room whirlpools and fireplaces, and private balconies overlooking the trees to cozy cabins and vacation rentals where wild elk walk right up to your window. Several towns here feature a number of charming bed & breakfasts and inns with quaint and distinct character in each room, and many exist in historic settings where you can immerse yourself in nostalgia and yesteryear. Convenient hotels and motels can also be found along Interstate 80 and other main thoroughfares, and they provide easy access to the area’s many attractions without skimping on amenities.
Under some of the darkest skies on the east coast, a variety of camping options here will easily accommodate any type of adventurer. Those who want to enjoy nature but still want some of the creature comforts of home can find a number of full-service campgrounds, where you can pitch a tent under the stars but still have easy access to clean, modern showers and bathrooms. These campgrounds often have swimming pools, playgrounds, and scheduled activities for guests, but they still offer a feeling of seclusion and a chance to reconnect around a campfire with loved ones. RV resorts throughout the area provide full hookups and great amenities for those who travel with their own home away from home, while primitive camping options at private campgrounds or public lands like the Allegheny National Forest, one of the area’s state parks, or even one of the undeveloped islands on the Allegheny River offer a great option for those who really want to get away from it all. Many state parks also offer cabin rentals for couples or groups, and these are generally located near recreation hotspots like swimming beaches, trailheads, canoe launches, and more.
State Park Reservations and Inquiries, (888) PA-PARKS
Bendigo State Park, Johnsonburg, (814) 778-5467
Bucktail State Park, Emporium, (814) 486-3365
Clear Creek State Park, Sigel, (814) 752-2368
Cornplanter State Forest, Tionesta, (814) 723-0262
Cook Forest State Park, Cooksburg, (814) 744-8407
East Branch Clarion River Lake, Wilcox, (814) 965-2065
Elk State Park, Wilcox, (814) 778-5467
Sinnemahoning State Park, Austin, (814) 647-8401
Sizerville State Park, Emporium, (814) 486-5605
Tionesta Lake, Tionesta, (814) 755-3512
Federal Park Reservations and Inquiries, (877) 444-6777
Allegheny National Forest, Marienville, (814) 927-6628
Find more interesting places to visit and things to discover in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region by going to VisitPAGO.com or calling (814) 849-5197.