Cabins near Harrisburg

Campsites near Pennsylvania’s capital city capitalize on the area’s scenery.

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Harrisburg, PA camping puts the Susquehanna River in full-focus. Whether you stay close to the river or camp deeper in town, you can explore Harrisburg’s numerous viewpoints, attractions, and museums. Spend a morning in the National Civil War Museum and savor lunch along the waterfront. Then, check into your RV campsite with full hookups, volleyball courts, and on-site restrooms. Oh, and if you’re planning a family-friendly getaway, don’t forget the region’s other claim to fame: theme parks. Grab a chocolate bar (or two) after a day in Hershey. S’mores around the fire pit have never been so easy.

Where to go

Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area

Birds of a feather flock together, and at Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area, that sentiment holds true for birdwatchers. Just 15 minutes outside Harrisburg, the conservation area is a hub for warblers. Campers should bring binoculars to traverse the hiking trails. From your forest campsite, you’ll wake up to the melody of birdsong and let the day guide you.

Along the River

The Susquehanna River is geographically known as one of the world’s oldests rivers—and it runs right along Harrisburg. Choose a direction, and follow the course of the water. Campsites likewise come with access to golf courses, parks, and even a section of the Appalachian Trail. So, Harrisburg campers can ultimately choose their own adventures, all while listening to the trickle of the tributary.

Across the River

Park yourself across the river and explore the region’s parks. All the camping options and activities converge at Gifford Pinchot State Park. Just outside Harrisburg, campers can hike, canoe, and play round after round of disc golf before returning to a spacious yurt or decked-out cabin. Meanwhile, Michaux State Forest may be an hour from Harrisburg, but—with options for both ATV riding and mountain biking—here is a thrill-seeker’s paradise.

When to go

Summer is the best time for Harrisburg camping, as the wildflowers bloom and both birds and butterflies multiply. If you’re bringing your kids, summer is likewise prime time for all the activities; theme parks and similar family-friendly attractions tend to close during the off-months. Fall, however, doesn’t leave campers hanging. When the days and nights begin to cool, you can cozy up in your sleeping bag, whether in your tent or directly under the stars.

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