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Austin Dam Memorial Park

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· Austin, Pennsylvania
76 acres
107 units
107 Motorhome/tent
Just outside the quaint town of Austin sits a vivid reminder of one of Pennsylvania's worst disasters – the Austin Flood. In 1909, the dam was constructed on Freeman Run to power the Bayless Papermill downstream. Many wondered if the dam was safe. On September 30, 1911, Austin found out. Poor construction, coupled with torrential rain, resulted in the dam's collapse. Nearly 400 million gallons of water were released, destroying everything for 8 miles. At least 78 people perished in the tragedy. It was the second worst flood disaster in Pennsylvania's history and sixth worst dam failure in U.S. history. The tragedy sparked new legislation to improve dam safety, and the Austin Dam was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The ruins of the dam still stand, surrounded by a 76-acre park, as a tribute to the lives lost in the Austin Flood. Don't miss one of Potter County's best kept secrets!
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Austin, Pennsylvania, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Austin Dam P.Joined in March 2019
Response rate: 50%Response time: Within 12 hours
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322 Ratings · 234 reviews
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Zach B.recommends
October 31, 2022
Log Train (Site 8)
Spooky Season
As always a beautiful campsite with beautiful weather.
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Michael P.recommends
October 22, 2022
Tree Sawyer (Site 1)
Camp Site #1 Review
Me and my son stayed at camp #1 Recommend ordering the wood, was nice to have it waiting! Camp is really nice and spacious, porta potty super clean! Nice trails and stream and they even had a haunted trail near the dam which was a nice unexpected treat! Highly recommend
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Lori V.doesn't recommend
October 17, 2022
Saw Filer (Site 4)
Not what we were expecting.
I picked this campground because it was one of the few in the area that said they had showers as an amenity. They did not have showers. The road had a lot of potholes. It wasn’t terrible overall it just was not what we were expecting we booked two nights we only stayed one. Maybe change your advertising a little bit to be more honest about what’s actually there.
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Hannah W.recommends
October 16, 2022
Tree Sawyer (Site 1)
Great location
Such a good spot; secluded, spacious, and picturesque
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Mary H.recommends
October 12, 2022
Tree Sawyer (Site 1)
We loved staying over in our camper van at Austin Dam Park. Our site was near the highway but very serene at night and the Porta John was very clean. Peaceful place to be. We definitely recommend!
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Tim H.recommends
October 10, 2022
Log Driver (Site 3)
My wife and I loved camping here. It's serene and has many beautiful views and hiking trails. Amenities were close and convenient also.
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Warren V.recommends
October 9, 2022
Bark Peelers (Site 2)
Definitely recommend!
The campsite was great!! We stayed at site 2 and it was perfect. The porta-john is possibly the cleanest that i have ever been in. We pulled in very late Friday night but Saturday morning we woke up and two of the volunteers had driven past to make sure we had made it okay, very friendly people! We decided to hike and so headed through the beautiful interpretive trails to the same. We passed the wooden/earthen dam and the cofferdam. When we got to the visitor center we were finally able to get service to get maps and places to visit around the park. We started talking to one of the guys there (Albie?) And learned a bunch of the history and helpful information! We then hiked to the papermill ruins, perhaps not a family friendly location... much graffiti, crude symbols, and freaky rooms. Beware of the tower and some of the other ruins. They're fairly sturdy and hold 300 lbs at least
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Jordan H.recommends
October 9, 2022
Log Train (Site 8)
This is our third time camping at campsite 8. We love this area so much! We always recommend Dam Camping for the beauty and peaceful surroundings! See you in the spring time :)
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Rob H.recommends
October 7, 2022
Saw Filer (Site 4)
Campsite #4 was the perfect retreat. What a wonderful spot to get away and camp at. There was so much to see hiking around.
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Cheryl G.
September 26, 2022
Bark Peelers (Site 2)
The location was spacious, and backed up to a small stream. There was a tank toilet near by but showers seemed inaccessible if there was one . Cleared plastic pieces around campsite..
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Queeny Elizabeth D.recommends
September 26, 2022
Saw Filer (Site 4)
Amazing place
The place was great! Campsite space is really big that you can’t hear your neighbors at all. Campsite 4 was nice too. We were close to a small creek or river we could hear it even at night and was very peaceful to sleep or relax to. The two trails from our camp lead us to a nice walk across the dam which is a beautiful site and opens to a grassy field. It was also the weekend we went to the powwow event which was at the dam site! It wasn’t too big of an event not too small either but was the perfect amount of people. The last time we camped at the same site we swam at the “pool” area which also had a rope to swing in and jump to the water! Couldn’t do it this time in September because it was too cold. The camp hosts were very nice as well. Johnny and his wife who was on site was extremely helpful with everything we needed there. One thing some campers might not find pleasing is there are no showers on site. We brought our own water bag and shower tent instead. Our site is about a 5 minute walk to the toilets too. If you don’t feel like walking and need to get to a bathroom quick, you’d either do so by the outskirts of the camp site or bring your own portable toilet. Otherwise, definitely recommend this to anyone who loves peace and quiet with no noise from neighboring camp sites with lots of trees and nature all around. Couldn’t ask for anything better.
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Mayhugh F.recommends
September 25, 2022
Log Driver (Site 3)
The site was beautiful!!! The host was soooo kind and the dam was beautiful! there also was two trails right by our site. will stay again- btw theres no showers !
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Travis W.recommends
September 23, 2022
Log Driver (Site 3)
The awesome spacious, but private campsite was right next to the creek. Plenty of trails to hike. I have never been so relaxed, even fell asleep by the campfire. Would and will return!
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Ryn H.recommends
September 20, 2022
Tree Sawyer (Site 1)
Morning mist and picturesque creek
Our campsite was so gorgeous. Directions were straightforward and the whole process was easy start to finish. Could not recommend highly enough!
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Emily L.recommends
September 19, 2022
Log Boomer (Site 7)
We had a great time camping at Austin Dam. Our site was right by the water. There were many great spots to set up a tent within our site. We spent the night before at Cherry Spring State Park to go stargazing and actually had a better view from Austin Dam! Directions to get to the site were clear and the host was responsive.
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Brian V.recommends
September 18, 2022
Saw Filer (Site 4)
Awesome experience!
Awesome place! Will definitely stay again. No complaints at all
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Claire N.recommends
September 18, 2022
Bark Peelers (Site 2)
Camping with Friends
A couple of friends and I decided to last minute go camping, and we had an absolute blast here. The stars were amazing and looked like something out of a movie, and there was a really cute creek right beside the campsite. We ended up having a little service at the camp site, which was relieving. Just note that on the way there, there was little service and not many places that you could stop to get gas. I would recommend this site to people!
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Paula F.recommends
September 14, 2022
Saw Filer (Site 4)
First, the drive out to the area was lovely and communicating with Austin Dam was easy and efficient. Buying wood in advance and having it already dropped at the site was amazing! The site itself was private with a great view of some of the ruins of the dam. There's a little shop down the road if you forgot/ ran out of anything (or need more ice!) and the camp ground has a cute gift shop. Walking to the dam at night to look at the stars was incredible! We absolutely plan on camping at Austin Dam again!
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Victoria C.recommends
September 6, 2022
Mess Hall (Site 6)
Large, Private with many amenities!
An absolutely beautiful Hipcamp! The individual sites are huge and very well-spaced offering lots of privacy! I was in site 6 and the closest site was site 8 and had no idea anyone was even there! The Lyman Run stream is about 200 feet away on the other side of the access road but there is a small creek right on site with a little dug out jaccuzzi with stacked rocks as steps and seats (water was a little low due to the recent lack of rainfall but I did sit in and it was about hip deep while sitting). There is a main fire ring and a separate mud oven as well as 4 other fire rings throughout the site for group camping. There is lots of space whether you are a tent camper or a hammock camper; you may be able to pull in with a small pop up using the rear driveway (yes I found a second driveway) There are benches at the main fire ring, a large picnic table and a raised "counter". The Austin Dam site is a short hike from the campsite as well as the Papermill trail. The camp hosts were extremely friendly and even delivered an additional load of firewood (I also opted for the load to be there when I arrived) that they stacked under one of the benches as well as stacked some near the mud oven since I had mentioned that I would be trying it out that evening!
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Joanna B.recommends
September 5, 2022
Log Boomer (Site 7)
Well kept with plenty of space.
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Beth Y.recommends
September 4, 2022
Log Train (Site 8)
Spacious secluded camp
Lovely spot to camp. We loved the large, private campsite. Dogs allowed off leash was a big plus.
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Chris Y.recommends
September 2, 2022
Austin Dam Festival Camping
Always a good time camping for the a show. Spots are roomy with fire rings. Staff are friendly. Will continue to camp in advance of the show each year.
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Michael D.recommends
August 25, 2022
Log Train (Site 8)
Peaceful and serene
This is the second year in a row my wife and I stayed here, and it is truly amazing. We were able to see shooting stars, the Milky Way, beautiful sunrises and sets, we also explored around the dam ruins. This campground is a wonderful hidden gem.
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Taylor H.recommends
August 22, 2022
Bark Peelers (Site 2)
Beautiful area, perfect hosts!
Such a fun, beautiful area. The whole family loved it!! You do have a neighbor but they’re pretty far away, so you have your privacy. The creek was perfect for the kiddos the play in and was still super close to the fire and tents to keep eyes on them. They have a bunch of trees to hook up hammocks. We pre-ordered wood and they it all stacked up before we got there which was super nice. We will definitely be coming back!
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Sara J.recommends
August 21, 2022
Tree Sawyer (Site 1)
Camp with family and 🐶🐶
Large areas to camp and let my dogs roam was much appreciated. Loved the historical hiking trails located on premise. Very much enjoyed my weekend getaway. Firewood was delivered to site prior to arrival.
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Stacie C.recommends
August 14, 2022
Log Scaler (Site 5)
The host was very nice and helpful. Friendly campers. Loved the space between campsites. A lot of things to do in close proximity to the Campground.
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Abby P.recommends
August 13, 2022
Saw Filer (Site 4)
It was beautiful and great! Very quiet and private. Only complaint was that the “shower” was actually a spigot connection for if you brought a camping shower.
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Luke S.recommends
August 12, 2022
Mess Hall (Site 6)
10/10 Campsite
Absolutely wonderful campground! Huge sites with a lot of character, well-secluded from the other sites but still close to bathrooms and water. The hosts are lovely people with a cute German Shepherd. There's a stream with some shade for relaxing in the summer and a swimming hole by Coffer Dam. Can't recommend this site enough- we'll be back!
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Natalia & Benny E.recommends
August 10, 2022
Saw Filer (Site 4)
Historic Industrial Ruins
After years of crowded and noisey KOA camping, we’ve discovered the wonder of HipCamp with our first stay at Austin Dam. Once you find the location, you’ll appreciate the secluded peace of the sprawled out campsite. Book site #4 for a very private hillside platform overlooking the ruins of the original dam. Firewood was ready for us and we enjoyed swimming in the creek. One thing of note: there is no spicket at each campsite (unclear on the listing) and there is only one bathroom at the main dam ruins. Overall, we give this a 10 outta 10!
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Chris F.recommends
August 9, 2022
Log Boomer (Site 7)
The sites have plenty of space to choose where you want to set up. Beautiful area with great hiking.
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