The area around Ricketts Glen State Park in Northeastern Pennsylvania offers some of our best camping in Pennsylvania and some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the state. The park itself boasts 13,000 acres spread across Sullivan, Columbia and Luzerne Counties. Hike the Falls Trail System through a string of 17 magnificent waterfalls, including the 94-foot Ganoga Falls.
The Pocono Mountain region is a kind of like a giant outdoor amusement park. There is outstanding whitewater rafting on the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers, zip-lining at Camelback Mountain, biking on the Lehigh Gorge trail and even disc golf (think golf with Frisbees). Pocono is a Lenape Indian term for “stream between two mountains” and there are some fantastic waterfalls to see including Dingmans Falls, in Dingmans Ferry, PA and Raymondskill Falls, near Milford, PA, which is the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania. Milford is also one of the coolest towns to visit in the Poconos. Stop at Bar Louis in the ultra-hip Hotel Fauchere and then hit Forest Hall Antiques for vintage finds.
The Susquehanna River Valleys (there are two branches that meet in the Central Eastern part of the state) is another outdoor discovery mecca. Home to Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog who predicts the end of winter, as well as six state parks and nearly endless hiking, biking, antiquing, kayaking and, of course, camping. Camping near Jim Thorpe State Park gives easy access to some excellent rock scrambling and waterfall hikes. There are also 15 craft breweries including the aptly-named Susquehanna Brewing Company, Funk Brewing Company and Pig Iron Brewing Co.
The Allegheny National Forest covers 517,000 acres in Northwest Pennsylvania in the foothills of the woodsy Appalachian mountains. Check out the Kinzua Sky Bridge in Mt. Jewett, a 300 foot tall and 2,051 foot long former railroad bridge spanning Kinzua Creek. It’s one of the top ten sky walks in the world. Neighboring the Allegheny National Forest is a cluster of state forests that have great Tentrr camping nearby, including the Susquehannock, Elk, Moshannon and Sproul.
And Pennsylvania is funny. In a good way. Not only is W.C. Fields from the Keystone State, but on your camping adventure, you could pass through towns with names like Shickshinny, Panic, Intercourse, Normalville and Jersey Shore.