The best camping near Raystown Lake

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Raystown Lake adventure.

The best camping near Raystown Lake

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Raystown Lake adventure.

Camping near Raystown Lake

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Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Raystown Lake adventure.

Fishing, paddling, and lakeside camping are on the menu at Pennsylvania’s largest lake.  

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Bald Eagle Campsite

33 sites · RVs, Tents11 acres · Tyrone, PA
Originally opened as a family campground owned and operated by Denis and Kay Snyder in 1964. Bald Eagle Campsite has been owned and operated by the Snyder family to this day! Come join us in the beautiful forested landscape of Central Pennsylvania. Located a mere 20 miles south of Penn State University, we are surrounded by the many amenities Central PA has to offer. We are welcoming to LGBTQ+ campers as well as all ethnicities. Pitch a tent on a quiet site and drop a line into one of our two trout streams crossing the campground. Hang a hammock between two towering poplar trees surrounded by flowering rhododendron. Or pull up in your camper and relax before and after a Penn State Football game under the blue and white sky. We have small, secluded sites to get away from it all, as well as conjoined sites to accommodate larger groups. On property we have bathrooms, hot showers, and a recreation hall with free ping pong, board games, and billiards. For a fee, we also have firewood, electricity, and a large event tent for rent. Campers must be less than 25 feet. Generators are not allowed. Music should not reach outside your own site after 9pm. There are no water hookups. Vehicle noise is audible from route 350, especially on Friday afternoons. Noise is diminished at sites further back from route 350. Our sites are wheelchair accessible, but the bathrooms and showers do have one step up into them. Walk to Snappy's 24-hour convenience store to use their free Wi-Fi, buy bags of ice, or to pickup snacks and a sub in the attached Snappy's Grille. An ice cream stand and restaurant are within walking distance. We require a minimum two nights stay for the recognized holiday weekends for Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.
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Star Lee Farm

4 sites · Lodging104 acres · Huntingdon, PA
Our mission at Star Lee Farm is to provide a small farm experience for guests and share a private glamping experience. We are using agritourism to promote awareness of pollinators through our honeybee experience and educational programs. The Star Lee is an old “family” farm that we are working to grow into a self sufficient working farm. We encourage our guests to explore nature that encompasses the farm's 104 acres and enjoy the solitude it can provide. We also invite our guests to “look up” into the night sky and behold the majesty and vastness of the universe we share.
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Tuckaway Tree Farm

4 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents36 acres · Belleville, PA
Come camp on a beautiful 36 acre Christmas tree farm. Located 15 miles from Huntingdon and State College, Tuckaway Tree Farm has easy access to hiking and exploring in Rothrock State Forest, Greenwood Furnace. Property is located along Backroads Discovery Route. Two ponds on the property and a trout stream down the road are perfect for fishing.
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Paradise By The Pond

1 site · RV, Tent200 acres · Martinsburg, PA
Learn more about this land: A large 2 acre pond you are free to fish in.  A small row boat with life vests is provided. We recently added two kayaks! Large mouth bass and sunfish/bluegills mostly. Down a lane about 1/3 mile, large field, by the woods. No hookups, No electricity, No neighbors very private! Large field for pets to romp.  We are very flexible on check-in and check-out times. There is an extra site for friends to stay together. Just ask about this special feature. 30 Minutes to Raystown.
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Wilson’s Hollow Boondock

3 sites · RVs, Tents14 acres · Ramblewood, PA
Secluded spot on a 150+ year old family farm bordering Penn State University Forest and near Rothrock State Forest. Abundant wildlife and scenic hiking, biking and snowmobiling trails nearby with Greenwood Furnace and Whipples Damn State parks only a few minutes away, and we are 30 minutes from the Snyder’s Run boat launch at Raystown Lake. The area has great fishing with the streams and lakes nearby such as Standing Stone Creek, Juniata River, Little Juniata and the famous Spruce Creek. We are centrally situated between State College PA home of Penn State University, (We Are a 30-minute drive to Beaver Stadium!) and historic Huntingdon PA home of Juniata College. And Belleville PA (Home to the second oldest Amish community in the country) where you can attend the famous sale every Wednesday to purchase many goods and livestock or just have a look around. Many homemade Amish goods and commodities to fit your taste. More photos and videos can be found on our Instagram @wilsons_boondock Tourist attractions: Lake Raystown (30 min drive) Standing Stone Trail (20 min drive) 1000 Steps (40 min drive) East Broadtop Railroad (50 min drive) Whipples Dam State Park (5 min drive) Greenwood Furnace State Park (10 min drive) Lincoln Caverns (20 min drive) Penn State University (20 min drive) Juniata College & JC Museum of Art (20 min drive) Shavers Creek Environmental Center (10 min drive) Jo Hays Vista and Jackson Trail (10 min drive) Balance Rock/Trough Creek State Park (45 min drive) Local Restaurants: Doan's Bones BBQ (eat in & carry out, 5 min drive) Couch's Subs and Groceries (eat in & carry out, 10 min drive) McMurtrie's Tavern (eat in & carry out, 15 min drive) OIP Petersburg (carry out, 15 min drive) Bluegills Bar & Grill (eat in & carry out, 20 min drive) Diner 22 (20 min drive) Paesano's Italian restaurant (eat in & carry out, 20 min drive) Local churches: Manor Hill Methodist, service every Sunday at 11am to noon (3 min drive) St. Stephens Lutheran Church (5 min drive) We are a camping family ourselves and would like to share our little piece of the world. Our spot can accommodate any travel trailer, fifth wheel, motor home and even tents and pop ups. At the moment there is no restroom or hookups, it’s a true boondock site. Generators are permitted. We ask that you leave the site the way you found it. We request that you do not use glass bottles. And if you have read this far the Sasquatch yodels are included in your stay at no charge. Hope to meet you soon!
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Creekside Getaway

1 site · Lodging40 acres · Mapleton, PA
Escape to tranquility in this serene space, nestled at the base of a mountain. The house offers a peaceful getaway, providing you with exclusive access. Unwind in the expansive living room, or bask in the natural surroundings on the deck, spacious yard, or alongside the gentle stream flowing through the property. Conveniently located, the house is in proximity to Raystown Lake and just over an hour from Penn State/State College. Immerse yourself in a range of local outdoor activities, promising an abundance of enjoyment. Whether you prefer the comforts of the indoors or the beauty of nature, this retreat offers the perfect balance for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
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Wilbur's Shed

1 site · RV, Tent60 acres · Blairs Mills, PA
This location is two hours south of PSU, five hours west of NYC, and twenty minutes north of the I-76 Turnpike Willow Hill Exit. There is some cell service, but it is limited. Can you hear me now? Be sure to save site information on your phone before you leave, in case you lose cell-service. This is not Alaska, but it is not a KOA campground, either. There is a gutter when you turn off the road onto the lane. Please turn at a 45 degree angle and enter the lane gently or your vehicle with scrape the road. I have 30"x20' culvert to install, but I haven't yet made the commitment begin such a significant project. Nearby is the Tuscarora Creek which is excellent for trout fishing. The Tuscarora has a small but lovely window for kayaking from mid-March through the end of May. Please contact the host if you would like help to plan some paddle logistics. Twenty minutes south is Big Spring State Park which has an abandoned RR tunnel form the late 1800s. Forty-five minutes away is the 1,000 steps near Mt. Union which is part of the Standing Stone Trail that runs from Cowan’s Gap State Park to PSU. The Steps provides and amazing view of the Juniata River, and is a strenuous heart work-out. If members of your party would like a more pampered camping experience that includes real beds and hot showers, there is an adjoining property for rent on air b and b. Google search for The Crowe's Lounge.
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Camp Stonewall Cabin

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Mc Veytown, PA
Bring your family and stay at our lovely cabin nestled in the woods on the side of Jacks Mountain. You will enjoy the fresh mountain air and solitude of nature while relaxing on the porch. Take a walk and explore or enjoy smores around the campfire. The cabin acommodates up to 10 guests and has 1 bedroom on the main floor and 2 bedrooms upstairs. There is a bathroom with a flush toilet and shower on the main floor. It features a well-stocked kitchen with refrigerator, stove, and microwave. You bring your own sheets, towels, and washcloths.
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Canoe Creek Camping

10 sites · RVs100 acres · Hollidaysburg, PA
Located in Hollidaysburg, PA, Canoe Creek Camping offers a secluded camping experience.Close attractions include Canoe Creek State Park, Horseshoe Curve, Allegheny Portage Railroad, Altoona Railroaders Museum, DelGrosso's Amusement Park, 1000 Steps, Lower Rails to Trails, Altoona Curve Double A Baseball, and much more!
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Kamp Kress

4 sites · Tents1 acre · Mount Union, PA
Kamp Kress is a river front property that is just shy of 1 acre. You have direct access to the Juniata River for swimming, fishing, and kayaking. Raystown Lake is a 20 minute drive from the property for a day on the beach. Do you love to hike? The famous 1000 steps hiking trail is less than 5 minutes from this property. This property is tucked on a corner with privacy yet is conveniently located to grocery stores and local restaurants. Kayak shuttle available for a fee
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Grouseland Hospitality

5 sites · RVs, Tents100 acres · Clearville, PA
We have 4 sites ready for you here at Grouseland! Please read their descriptions and book the one best for you! We encourage guests to bring dogs, however we do ask that you clean up after them, waste can be thrown into the trash can at the sites. Also all dogs must be kept on leads when on site or on leashes when on walks. No exceptions to this rule to ensure the safety of all of our guests. Tall Oaks Campsite: Tall Oaks Campsite is a private site, great for families and friends and is our only rustic style site, so no water or electricity, designed for 1-6 people with parking for 3 cars on site and space for 4 average size tents. This site has a single 8-foot picnic table, portable toilet, scenic overlook, hammock, fireplace, and charcoal grill. Only a short walk from our tree house where guests can relax and enjoy forest bathing. Guests are given an allotted amount of free firewood, miles of hiking trails, and use of communal facilities including a hot shower and flush toilet. Twisted Oak: Twisted Oak Campsite is a private site great for families and friends. This medium sized luxury site includes water and electricity on site, designed for 1-10 guests with parking for 4 cars on site and has space for 16 average sized tents. This site has a 10-foot picnic table, portable toilet, scenic overlook, hammock, fireplace, charcoal grill, and on-site lights. Guests are given an allotted amount of free firewood, miles of hiking trails, and use of communal facilities including a hot shower and flush toilet. Red Maple Campsite: Red Maple Campsite is a private site great for large groups. This large luxury site includes water and electricity on site, designed for 1-12 guests with on-site parking space that is 90ft long and 20ft wide, for an RV or 6-8 cars and overflow parking for several more cars. It is designed to be pulled or backed into and then backed our pulled out of. This site can handle several tents and has two 6-foot picnic tables, two portable toilets, a scenic overlook, hammock, fireplace, a charcoal grill, and on-site lights. Guests are given an allotted amount of free firewood, miles of hiking trails, and use of communal facilities including a hot shower and flush toilet. Aspen RV Campsite: Aspen RV Campsite is a private site great for a family in their RV. This medium sized luxury site includes water and electricity on site, designed for a single RV number of guests is dependent on RV size, maximum 6 people. This site is a drive through site, so guests don’t have to back in or out. The site can also handle a couple of tents and extra cars. This site also has a 10-foot picnic table, portable toilet, scenic overlook, hammock, fireplace, charcoal grill, and bench. Guests are given an allotted amount of free firewood, miles of hiking trails, and use of communal facilities including a hot shower and flush toilet.
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Ridge Top Retreat

5 sites · Lodging, Tents150 acres · Westover, PA
We are located in beautiful Clearfield county Pennysalvina. Our farm is on over 150 acres. It’s has been in the family for generations. It has beautiful farm views with wooded areas. There is lots of wildlife to see. Including bear, bobcat, deer, eagles, fishers, and many other species. We have lots of hiking trails and our property also boarders state game lands. It’s a short drive to the Susquehanna River and other parks. You can also enjoy the cows, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, and turkeys at the farm. Contact the host and set up a time to visit and feed the animals. Learn more about our family farm and the animals. We also have a sawmill and wood shop. Nearby is Bilgers Rocks, Rock Run Atv Park, Prince Gallitzin State Park, the Susquehanna River, and many other fantastic outdoor activities. It’s a place to unwind and relax. And connect with nature.
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The best camping near Raystown Lake guide

Overview

About

The 8,300-acre Raystown Lake is the largest lake within Pennsylvania’s borders, fringed by lush oak-hickory forests and sandy swimming beaches. With 12 public access areas, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the lake, whether camping at a lakeside campsite, launching your boat from a marina, or taking to the water to swim, kayak, or even scuba dive. Fishing is big business at Raystown Lake, so bring your fishing gear and hook a striper, trout, bass, or walleye to cook up over the campfire. Need a break from the lake? Escape to the woodlands to explore miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. 

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for boaters: Nancy's Boat to Shore Campground has secluded tent sites by a swimming beach, reachable only by boat.
  • Best for RVs: Seven Points Campground has six camping loops and spacious sites with electric hookups, picnic tables, and fire grills.
  • Best for lake views: Susquehannock Campground has more than 60 tent-only and RV sites, with vault toilets, drinking water, and easy access to the lake.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. You can reserve the park’s campsites in advance via the Recreation.gov website. 
  2. Campsite reservations open six months in advance, and same-day bookings are possible. 
  3. Weekend bookings require a minimum 2-night booking; holiday weekends require a minimum 3-night booking.
  4. Campsites can book up fast on summer and holiday weekends, so reserve your site as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

When to go

Lake lovers flock to Raystown Lake from April through October, which is the best time for fishing, boating, and outdoor activities. Come in July and August to cool off at the lakeside beaches and enjoy water sports, or in fall to admire the fall foliage around the lakeside. Some marinas and services close down in the low season but don’t write off a winter visit—several campgrounds stay open year-round.

Know before you go

  • Raystown Lake is in Huntingdon County, 14 miles south of Huntingdon or about a 20-minute drive away.
  • Facilities at Raystown Lake include a visitor center, several boat launches, picnic areas, and restrooms. Grocery stores, bait shops, and gas stations can be found in the nearby villages, but Huntingdon has the best selection of shops and restaurants. 
  • There are accessible campsites, restrooms, and picnic areas at Raystown Lake.

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