The 9 Best Campgrounds Near Philadelphia

Wharton State Forest
Image credit: Flickr/ewan traveler

Seeking blue skies, sunshine and a break from your smartphone? Philadelphia's urban spaces and public gardens can provide a quick fix, or you can venture a little farther outside the city and really get back to nature. Presented in order of ascending distance from Philadelphia, here are the best campgrounds within 150 miles of Center City.

  • 01 of 09

    Organized group tenting is available by reservation only at this verdant oasis in Montgomery County, first settled by the Mennonites centuries ago. A combined 26 miles of trails challenge hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians, while anglers can cast a line in the shadow of the mill ruins that line Skippack Creek.

    Camping season: April–mid-Oct.
    Park size: 7,730 acres
    Site type: 18 tent-only sites

    Restrooms: Flush toilets, no showers
    Pets allowed: Yes

    Distance from Philadelphia: ~30 miles 

  • 02 of 09

    Located just steps from the 94-acre Chambers Lake, campgrounds at Hibernia County Park provide easy access to fishing and boating (self-propelled vessels only). Hikers following the 0.67-mile Lake Trail should keep their peepers peeled for egrets, eagles and osprey.

    Camping season: May–Oct. (weekends only)
    Park size: 900 acres
    Site types: tents, RVs and trailers allowed

    Restrooms: latrines, no showers
    Pets allowed: Yes

    Distance from Philadelphia: ~50 miles 

  • 03 of 09
    Wharton State Forest
    Image credit: Flickr/ewan traveler

    Accommodations span primitive campsites to furnished cabins at the massive Wharton State Forest, which stretches across Atlantic, Burlington and Camden counties in New Jersey. Here, outdoor pursuits (canoeing, hiking, birdwatching, horseback riding and mountain biking) can be augmented by tours of the preserved Harrisville and Batsto villages, two abandoned industrial centers that live on within the forest's depths.

    Camping season: Year-round
    Park size: 125,000 acres
    Site types: 192 total sites allowing tents, RVs and trailers

    Restrooms: Select sites equipped with modern showerhouses and flush toilets
    Pets allowed: Yes

    Distance from Philadelphia: ~40 miles 

  • 04 of 09
    French Creek State Park
    Image credit: Flickr/rowens27

    At a combined 90 acres, Scotts Run and Hopewell lakes set the scene for water-logged fun at French Creek State Park. Back on dry land, outdoors enthusiasts can expect 35 miles of hiking trails, 20 miles of mountain biking trails, and infinite opportunities to spot local wildlife and migratory birds.

    Camping season: Year-round
    Park size: 7,730 acres
    Site type: 200 total sites allowing tents, RVs and trailers

    Restrooms: Modern showerhouses with flush toilets (ADA accessible)
    Pets allowed: Yes

    Distance from Philadelphia: ~55 miles

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  • 05 of 09

    Nestled just beyond the banks of the 52-acre Locust Lake, campgrounds at this mountain-side park are separate for tents and trailers. Both campgrounds are within easy reach of the water, where visitors enjoy swimming, fishing and boating.

    Camping season: March–Oct.
    Park size: 1,772 acres
    Site types: 280 total sites allowing tents, RVs and trailers

    Restrooms: Modern showerhouses with flush toilets (ADA accessible)
    Pets allowed: Yes

    Distance from Philadelphia: ~100 miles

  • 06 of 09
    Hickory Run State Park Boulder Field
    Image credit: Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau

    No visit to Hickory Run State Park is complete without stepping around the giant red sandstone boulders at the aptly named Boulder Field. The result of climate change 20,000-some years ago, the 720,000-square-foot field is a National Historic Landmark. It's reachable through a number of the park's 24 hiking trails, which comprise 44 miles of rhododendron thickets, hemlock forests and scenic vistas.

    Camping season: April–Dec.
    Park size: 15,990 acres
    Site types: 380 total sites allowing tents, RVs and trailers

    Restrooms: Modern showerhouses with flush toilets (ADA accessible)
    Pets allowed: Yes

    Distance from Philadelphia: ~110 miles

  • 07 of 09

    Between Memorial Day weekend and mid-September, sunbathers and swimmers flock to the sandy beaches of Tobyhanna Lake. At 170 acres, this jewel in the crown of Tobyhanna State Park provides plenty of space for other water sports, as well, like boating and fishing. Fifteen miles of trails appeal to mountain bikers and hikers.

    Camping season: April–mid-Oct.
    Site types: 140 total sites allowing tents, RVs and trailers
    Park size: 5,440 acres

    Restrooms: Modern showerhouses with flush toilets
    Pets allowed: Yes

    Distance from Philadelphia: ~130 miles 

  • 08 of 09
    Pocono Mountains
    Image credit: Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau

    Pennsylvania’s 12,464-acre Delaware State Forest surrounds this state park, located 1,800 feet above sea level in the Pocono Mountains. During the warmer months, visitors arrive here to cool off within the park's two bodies of water, Promise Land Lake and Lower Lake. Between the two, the lakes offer 594 acres of water and 13 miles of shoreline, much of which is ideal for wading and sunbathing.

    Camping season: Select sites open year-round
    Site types: 231 total sites allowing tents, RVs and trailers
    Park size: 3,000 acres

    Restrooms: Select sites equipped with modern showerhouses and flush toilets
    Pets allowed: Yes

    Distance from Philadelphia: ~135 miles 

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  • 09 of 09
    Adams Falls Ricketts Glen
    Image credit: Flickr/Nicholas A. Tonelli

    You'll need to bring some stamina and a sense of adventure to tackle the 7.2-mile Falls Trail, which leads hikers through steep and rocky terrain in order to reach the natural wonders for which Ricketts Glen is known: its many waterfalls. Rising as high as 94 feet, more than 20 natural waterfalls provide a picturesque backdrop to self-congratulatory pats on the back.

    Camping season: April–Dec.
    Site types: 120 total sites allowing tents, RVs and trailers
    Park size: 13,050 acres

    Restrooms: Modern showerhouses with flush toilets (ADA accessible)
    Pets allowed: Yes

    Distance from Philadelphia: ~150 miles