The best camping near Cherry Springs State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Cherry Springs State Park adventure.

Camp with a backdrop of cherry blossoms and starry skies at this Pennsylvania state park.  

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Stargazing Field at Olga Farm

15 sites · Tents133 acres · Coudersport, PA
Olga Farm is a working organic vegetable farm with a Stargazing Field for primitive camping & it also offers a number of glamping options. Please contact us if you're interested in glamping at Olga Farm. The Stargazing Field at Olga Farm is perfect for camping, breathtaking sunrises, peaceful meditation, & you guessed it...stargazing in some of the darkest skies in the northeastern United States. It's adjacent to a working organic vegetable farm. Olga Farm is 4.4 miles from the charming town of Coudersport & its shops & eateries, including Olga Gallery, Cafe, & Bistro which is only 5.9 miles away. There's a great swimming hole less than 5.5 miles away. Cherry Springs State Park, a stargazing Mecca is 21 miles away. Olga Farm is a great base to explore the Pennsylvania Wilds. We are 36 miles from the Kinzua Skywalk & 46 miles from Leonard Harrison State Park, one of our favorite places to view the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. We're only 14 miles from the Austin Dam Ruins & 37 miles from Rock City Park just over the border in New York State.
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Austin Dam Memorial Park

206 sites · RVs, Tents76 acres · PA
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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1970 Camper Kettle Creek Renovo Pa

1 site · Lodging2 acres · South Renovo, PA
Camp Fannie is a 1970 Fan Style Liner in almost original condition, she sits on a little over 2 acres with the Susquehanna river in front train tracks out back with a occasional train passing by and on the far side another camp and Kettle Creek where it meets the river. Kayaking, canoeing, hiking, fishing and atv trails all close by. Cherry springs for star gazing, have seen elk crossing the river about a mile up stream. Hyner State Park has a lookout approximately 14miles away and hang gliders in the fall with many other State parks close by. There is a restaurant across the road from Fannie with great food. This is a very quiet spot with wild animals and the sounds at night are amazing.
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Elk Run Maples

1 site · RV, Tent3 acres · Gaines, PA
A gorgeous property at the foot of a mountain with the Elk Run creek edging the back private area, provides hours of relaxation listen to the stream, fishing and wading in the creek. Huge maple trees where a maple sugar shack was once on the property provides a wooded area by the stream where you can set up a tent or sleep in hammocks and listen to the stream. We are renovating a barn into a large beautiful house will be available soon. We provide a picnic table, fire ring and fire wood. There could be two sites, one has electric and both have water. Bring a water filter, water is safe but has the sulfur smell. A charcoal filter is recommended. The circular driveway provides easy access. Toy hauler or horse trailers welcome. ATV can get in the DCNR connector trail right from the driveway. Hunters are welcome to hunt the many acres of public land in the area. Not permitted on our property. There is wildlife including bear, deer and Turkey we often see ducks, eagles, gross beaks, and cardinals just to name a few. This is the place to come to park you RV and retreat to the creek in back of property if you want time to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.
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The Prince-Phillips Millstone

20 sites · RVs, Tents130 acres · Scio, NY
This gorgeous country property has vacation vibes while still giving you that cozy home away from home feeling. Situated on 130 acres and located on a quiet road, this property is tucked back far enough to give you plenty of privacy. These well-manicured grounds have a park-like setting and offers a niche for relaxing, nooks for tents and RV's, and paths to meander. The picturesque maintained trails are lined by hardwoods, softwoods and wildflowers that will lead you down to a private rocky beach on the Genesee River perfect for campfires, swimming, and fishing. This property truly has the charm of a fairytale. The property also offers a studio apartment for rent. Allowing those who prefer the comfort of a small kitchenette, clean bathroom and warmth of a cozy bed, while enjoying the beauty of nature. The Prince-Phillips Millstone is truly a hidden gem located only 27 miles from Letchworth State Park, also know as the "Grand Canyon of the East".
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Camp Skipping Rock on Pine Creek

1 site · RV, Tent5 acres · Cammal, PA
Welcome to our little slice of heaven along Pine Creek at the southern end of the "PA Grand Canyon". It is an outdoor lover's dream. The camp lies inside of Tiadaghton State Forest on the west side of Pine Creek in the Pennsylvania Wilds. The property is 5 acres, embedded deep in public land. On the property there is this one very large campsite (approx 100 square ft) for rent and our small cabin. If we are there at the same time as our guests, we share the outhouse and shower, but our guests have their own private picnic table, fire pit and grill on the far side of the property. The area is beautiful for paddling, floating, fishing, hiking, biking, rock skipping, dipping your toes, swimming hole gems, searching for waterfalls, writing retreats. There are hundreds of miles of hiking, mountain bike and ATV trails, and some of the best fishing and stargazing on the East Coast. There is a 62 mile -rails-to-trails that runs along the other side of Pine Creek from Wellsboro to Jersey Shore, PA. Our camp is located on a secluded hill - a relaxing oasis removed from the rest of the world - read a book in a hammock, build campfires, grill yummy food, let the kids run around like crazy, play a lot of cards. It a 2 minute walk from the property to public access to Pine Creek. It is a 45 minute drive to paddle the Western Branch of the Susquehanna near Lock Haven, PA.
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Ives Log Cabin

1 site · Lodging11 acres · Galeton, PA
One bedroom log cabin, close to Cherry Springs State Park and Dark Skies. One Bedroom- Queen Bed. All Knotty Pine Interior, Living Room, Eat in Kitchen, Fire Pit, Charcoal Grill, Picnic Table. Come and get away from it all. Television with DVD player and Futon/Bed in living room. Bring your snowmobile or skis in winter. High speed internet also
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Triple Dream Farm

2 sites · RVs, Tents1 acre · Smethport, PA
Hipcamp hosts since 2017 we are located approximately 2 hours south from either Erie, PA or Buffalo, NY, 3 hours north of Pittsburgh, PA and just west of Potter County, PA, our single campsite offers the peace, openness and relaxation to campers looking to be out in the PA Wilds on our 94 acre family horse farm. A row of trees, underbrush and bridge over a creek separates your open pasture campsite from the main area of the farm, further providing a semi-private separation and an unbelievable clear angle of the southern night sky. Our camping site affords you the opportunity to play with your children, guests and pets without disturbing other campers or vice versa. The open pasture campsite is perfect for outdoor games, dog walks up the trails or just relaxing and decompressing from your hectic schedule to reconnect with family and friends. Our Boondocking site affords you a inexpensive place to park your self-contained RV to relax on our farm. Please know that parking for your RV will be dependent on weather, time of the year, farm activities and safety. We will fully communicate your location before arrival. Our farm is close to the Kinzua Bridge Skywalk with breathtaking views and beautiful year-round hiking, the Kinzua Dam for boating and other water activities abundant outdoor activities at the nearby Allegheny National Forest will insure that you will have plenty to do during your stay! We are 30 minutes from Bradford, PA, home of the Zippo/Case Museum and Flag Ship Store, and the Marilyn Horne Museum and close hidden gems of small town Americana such as Smethport, Coudersport, Wellsboro, Kane PA as well as Olean, NY. These towns boast various festivals all year long for your enjoyment as well. Through these towns, The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon is a short 2 hour drive for additional hiking and other outdoor activities along with wondrous views and activities. Triple Dream Farm is an active rescue horse farm with horses, goats, chickens, dogs and cats currently calling the Farm home. * Although you will not hear traffic, horns or sirens, please remember that nature can be loud during the night (crickets, frogs, sometimes coyote in the distance or even our sometimes resident Screech Owl) as well as our roosters, ducks or horses calling to each other.
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Grand Canyon Motel Resort & Campground

19 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Wellsboro, PA
Located in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, Grand Canyon Motel Resort & Campground features both primitive and full 30/50 amp service, tent camping, modern motel rooms and Jacuzzi Suites. Amenities include restroom and shower facilities, dump station, WiFi and fire ring/grill to list a few. Located just one mile from the majestic Pennsylvania Grand Canyon and Leonard Harrison State Park, we offer all the amenities and accommodations to make your visit a fun and comfortable one. Whether its for a short and or long term stay, we hope to see you soon!
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Farm on the Creek

4 sites · RVs, Tents100 acres · Howard, PA
The active farm lays along the lazy Marsh Creek not far from where it collides with the mighty Bald Eagle. Campsites are spaced out along the creek, in the fields, and on the mountain. Fish on any of the three streams, relax by the water or enjoy view of the cattle and wildlife. Bald Eagle State Park, State College, and Lock Heaven are a short distance away.
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Steadfast Acres

1 site · Lodging52 acres · Andover, NY
Welcome to our farm! Come and enjoy a step back into nature on our 52 acres and glamping site. The creekside Yurt is set among the trees, behind our farm next to a brook. Wake up and fall asleep to the soothing sounds of flowing water. Enjoy our farm animals, horses and goats, our little country store, fish in our creek and more! We can’t wait to see you!
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Misty Mountains Park

68 sites · Lodging, RVs, TentsCuba, NY
Misty Mountains Park is now taking reservations through Hipcamp. We provide quality affordable housing for contractors and families who are enjoying the mobile economy. Additionally, we strive to provide traditional RV services for those that need short term stays, while attempting to be especially sensitive to "saving" spaces for vendors or customers coming to local events. Chase Your Trail and Find Your Cheese at Misty Mountains Park, always a Gateway to Adventure, in historic Cuba, NY. Rolling hills, lush forests, and the beauty of the Allegheny Mountains (often “Misty” in the early morning) are just a part of what makes Misty Mountains Park so incredibly special. Our resort is conveniently located near Interstate 86, about an hour from Buffalo and Rochester, and about three hours from Pittsburgh and Cleveland. The Park offers all our guests complimentary use of a dog park; free WiFi; pond with kayaks and paddleboat; public restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Our Mountain Recreational Vehicle Park offers large campsites; our Family/Pet friendly park makes a perfect base camp for day trips to mesmerizing attractions such as the Great Lakes; the Finger Lakes; Letchworth and Allegany State Parks; the Zoar Valley; the Kinzua Dam and Bridge; the Triple Divide; and the Chautauqua Institute. Take a scenic driving tour, admiring the Autumn colors, the Winter wonderland, or the summer greenery, stopping off for a delicious lunch or evening meal in the many historic small towns. The best part is that you will enjoy the great Allegany Wilds outdoors yet find yourself within walking distance of the historic Village of Cuba, home of the famous Cuba Cheese Shoppe and the Palmer Opera House. Nearby are numerous hiking/biking/multiuse trails; Cuba and Rushford Lakes; and many local artisans, including Amish. Currently we have limited overnight and short-term sites available.
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The best camping near Cherry Springs State Park guide

Overview

About

Named for its black cherry trees, Cherry Springs State Park offers a secluded retreat at the heart of Susquehannock State Forest. With access to the 85-mile Susquehannock Trail and miles of hiking, biking, horseback riding, and ATV trails, Cherry Springs is well equipped for outdoor adventures, but the real thrills happen after dark. A designated Dark Sky Park, this is one of the best places in the US for stargazing, with the chance to spot constellations, the milky way, and even the aurora borealis (northern lights), depending on conditions. Campers can check into the park’s rustic campground, where 30 non-electric sites each have a picnic table and fire ring. 

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. You can reserve campsites in advance via the Pennsylvania State Parks website. 
  2. Campsite reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance.
  3. Campsites can book up as fast, especially on summer and holiday weekends. Book your spot as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

When to go

Stargazers time their visit to Cherry Springs State Park for the biannual star parties (in June and September), but stargazing is fun any time of year. Pick a cloud-free night in spring or summer to spot the milky way or in fall and winter for possible aurora sightings. A late spring or early summer visit means the chance to admire the cherry blossoms, and Cherry Springs State Campground is open from the second Friday in April through the last weekend in October. 

Know before you go

  • Cherry Springs State Park is in Susquehannock State Forest, about five miles from Patterson State Park or a 6-minute drive away.
  • There are no day-use or entrance fees for Pennsylvania state parks, but camping reservation fees apply. 
  • Facilities include an information kiosk, restrooms, picnic areas, a dump station, and a public phone. Cell phone service is limited to Verizon and T-mobile networks, but coverage is patchy. 
  • There are accessible campsites, restrooms, and picnic areas at Cherry Springs State Park.

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