Your RV Guide to Pocono Raceway

An RVer's guide to Pocono Raceway

Pocono Raceway
Pocono Raceway is one of the most visited tracks on the NASCAR circuit by RVers and travelers alike. Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images

Not all NASCAR tracks are simply giant ovals. There are several NASCAR tracks that issue new challenges to drivers with their unique layout such as the grueling road course of Sonoma or the always entertaining “Tricky Triangle” of Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

Pocono Raceway is easily one of the more interesting tracks in the NASCAR circuit so let’s learn more about it including its history, where to RV at Pocono, where to RV near Pocono and some tips and tricks for the Tricky Triangle.

History of Pocono Raceway

Unlike many of the popular NASCAR tracks, Pocono is not owned by International Speedway Corporation or Speedway Motorsports Incorporated but rather by third generation owners Brandon and Nicholas Igdalsky.

Pocono Raceway was designed by two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Roger Ward. Ward took his inspiration for the track’s infamous turns from 3 other racetracks to create the Tricky Triangle. Turn one’s inspiration comes from the since closed Trenton Speedway, turn two takes after Indianapolis Motor Speedway and turn three comes from the Milwaukee Mile. Though it is one of NASCAR’s longer tracks at 2.5 miles, you do not typically see the higher speeds of these tracks at Pocono due to its unique and challenging turns.

Pocono Raceway held its first race in 1968 but did not begin hosting NASCAR sanctioned events until 1974. Pocono currently hosts several NASCAR sanctioned events including two annual races in the NASCAR Spring Cup series.

RVing at Pocono Raceway

Pocono hosts nine total unique RV camping sites on their grounds with an additional two sites reserved for tent camping. Unfortunately we cannot go over the details of all the different grounds in one article but here is a rundown of various options.

Trackside RV

  • Available for most RV types including some towables
  • Trackside location provides excellent views
  • Reserved RV site
  • Includes Friday and Saturday grandstand access
  • Includes pass to Pocono Infield Block Party
  • Must have trackside RV area pass
  • $500 plus an additional $50 per person

Preferred Infield RV

  • Available for most RV types including some towables
  • Infield site provides great racing views
  • Reserved RV site
  • Pre-pay bonus comes with two weekend pit passes
  • Convenient for many trackside amenities
  • $250

Family Grandstand RV

  • Available for most RV types including some towables
  • Easy access in and out of the track
  • Not reserved
  • Comes with passes to Pocono Infield Block Party
  • $150

Offsite Pocono Campground

  • Open April through October
  • 3 night minimum stay during race weekends
  • Offsite parking and camping
  • 35 full hookup sites
  • 28 water and electric sites
  • Dump station
  • Bathrooms/Showers
  • Ice
  • $45-55

RVing Near Pocono Raceway

Not everyone wants to deal with the crowds and parties of RVing right on the track. Here are some great nearby alternatives to camping trackside.

Hemlock Campground & Cottages: Tobyhanna, PA

  • Only a few miles from Pocono Raceway
  • Family-friendly events and activities
  • Wooded full hookup sites
  • All sites come with cable hookups
  • Bathrooms/showers/laundry facility
  • Fire ring

Otter Lake Camp Resort: Marshalls Creek, PA

  • Less than an hour from Pocono Raceway
  • Plenty of activities like archery, fishing, and softball
  • Full hook up sites, cable and lakeside sites also available
  • Bathrooms/showers/laundry facilities
  • Heated indoor pool
  • Rec hall/game room
  • Convenience store

Tips and Tricks for RVing to Pocono

  • Review your campground’s rules and regulations before arrival.
  • Looking for action? Look for the track mascot Tricky to find the fun.
  • Pocono does not allow the traditional 16” cooler, your cooler must be no larger than 12” x 12.”
  • Tricky’s Kit Kamp is an excellent place for children.
  • Pit passes at Pocono get you closer to the action compared to other tracks and are definitely worth the money.
  • Arrive early on race weekends, and follow all traffic tips and personnel to get to your spot the quickest.
  • No glass is allowed at Pocono Raceway.

The Tricky Triangle is one of the most unique tracks in all of NASCAR.

Throw in some great camping sites, exciting infield action, and some of the best pit passes in all of NASCAR and you have a race that is definitely worth RVing to.