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The best camping near Cherry Springs State Park

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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 路 Tents133 acres 路 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 路 RVs, Tents76 acres 路 PA
Just outside the quaint town of Austin sits a vivid reminder of one of Pennsylvania's worst disasters 鈥 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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Elk Run Maples

1 site 路 RV, Tent3 acres 路 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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Camp Skipping Rock on Pine Creek

1 site 路 RV, Tent5 acres 路 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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Steadfast Acres

1 site 路 Lodging52 acres 路 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鈥檛 wait to see you!
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Grand Canyon Motel Resort & Campground

19 sites 路 RVs, Tents10 acres 路 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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Towner's Country Paradise

4 sites 路 Lodging, Tents500 acres 路 Addison, NY
Towner's Country Paradise started out as a wild forest and pasture for cows in the 1940's, owned by Llewellyn Towner. In the 1960s, Llewellyn's love for aviation led him to construct a small airstrip and hangar, and then his son Terry began to plant Christmas Trees (no more cows) and clear much of the land. By the early 1970's our main and largest pond was built and since that time our fully functional cabin, several more fish ponds, roads, trails, running water and generated electricity have been added. Christmas Trees are still grown and harvested by Terry's son Scott Towner. Green rolling hills, deep valleys, a waterfall, ponds stocked with fish, a fully functional cabin, herds of deer, flocks of turkey and Canada Geese, & well-maintained roads and trails here in Addison NY. It's so private that even most of the people who live in our small town don't know we're here! CHECK OUR REVIEWS!OPTION to camp/hike in the woods for a more wild experience. NEARBY: restaurants including Chinese, Subway, pizza/wings, & several excellent diners offering take out or eat-in. ALSO: Dollar General, Wal-Mart (15 min away), Dunkin Donuts (5 min away), & gas stations.Your jaw will *drop* when you see Towner's Country Paradise for the first time!
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1972 Vintage Camper On Campsite

1 site 路 Lodging4 acres 路 Renovo, PA
1972 - 15 foot vintage camper , 50 years old that gives you a real feeling of stepping back in time鉂わ笍Nestled under the beautiful pine trees. Self-check-in with a lockbox. The back side of the property line offers private walk-in access to the fresh, picturesque Kettle Creek, well known for its great fishing of Wild Brook, Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout. The creek is stocked at a few locations and the creek front at this property is one of them. Go through the wetlands to get to the creek. Also, just miles down the creek from the beautiful Kettle Creek Reservoir, which is stocked preseason, during season and during winter to increase angler opportunities on the lake. Minimalistic living off the grid style camping. Multiple car parking on site. Fire pit access and wood for clean burning. Creek access down the walking trail through the wetlands. Electricity. There are two 5-gallon hanging showers-in-bags outside hanging under the pavilion roof and a plastic basin available in camper for bird bathing. Small fridge space available in the camper, bring cooler space. Plastic silverware, paper plates and cups in the camper. Electric fry pan. Microwave. Coffee maker. Crock pot for cooking or try your hand at primitive cooking over an open fire. Outside charcoal grill on site. Recycle center located very close, bags will be available for recyclable trash, for you to drop at the center on your way out. 1500-watt heater that does a great job at heating the 15' camper. Fan available in camper. No pets at this time related to vintage camper accommodations. Thank you!There is flat ground to play yard games or soak in the sun. The camper sits under the pines which is a very nice shaded area. Just miles from the Bush Dam where you can boat, kayak, swim, hiking trails just a beautiful & relaxing area. Also close to kettle creek famous for its great fishing. Private driveway with lots of parking space.
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Ives Log Cabin

1 site 路 Lodging11 acres 路 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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1970 Camper Kettle Creek Renovo Pa

1 site 路 Lodging2 acres 路 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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9 sites 路 Lodging10 acres 路 Angelica, NY
Welcome to Stergelandia-the place you want when you need it most. We take the work out of camping for you! Come experience open fields, dark skies and forest deep in Amish country. We've all had difficulties in our lives that required us to regroup and reset. With this in mind, we designed and created the glass sanctuary for our guests, an on-site store for your camping essentials, walking paths for you to immerse yourself in the woods and quiet, contemplative spaces for you to sit and reflect. Coming soon is the writing shed-a small cabin with a porch for guests to reserve for their creative writing use. Love nature but don't want to immerse yourself in the fields and woods? Enjoy stargazing and sunbathing on our elevated viewing platform and field-level cabana deck! Love wildlife? Stergelandia is teeming with life. We are home to white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, rabbits, chipmunks and our beloved frogs! At night, hear the chirping of the peeper tree frogs and the howl of the coyotes. Coming with friends? From the gathering circle featuring wood benches for your group to sit and talk, to the decks and benches thoughtfully laid out throughout the property, there is plenty of space for you to enjoy the quiet serenity of an overnight in the countryside. Our meditation space, the Glass Chapel and garden, is perfect for intimate ceremonies and gatherings, and our field viewing platform and deck is an excellent place for people to gather under the sun and stars. Enjoy your complimentary weekend morning breakfast in a communal setting from the first weekend in June through the second weekend in October in our Wake Up Cafe located in the Stergion's Travels store. Stergelandia is perfect for stargazing! A remote setting, you鈥檙e close enough to amenities to feel at home but deep enough in the woods to get away from it all. We鈥檝e seen deer, foxes, turkeys, hawks, chipmunks and bear on the property-a wildlife lovers paradise! We are 9 minutes from the Genesee River access point where fishing and paddling is plentiful. Want to unplug? Our guests with T-Mobile, AT&T and Cricket have had reliable cell service and we can help with tips to store your cell phone during your stay. Our guests with Verizon report they are offline, leaving you free to use your phone for photos without the interruptions or temptations of outside life. We are close by in our cottage on most weekends if any questions arise and can be reached by cell phone during the week. We are a pack-in/pack-out site and offer cozy Mexican blankets, Icelandic Wool blankets, Icelandic Chocolates and other items and souvenirs for purchase on most Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. Here for the weekend? Enjoy the complimentary breakfast offered Saturdays and Sundays during the summer and early autumn (first weekend of June through second weekend of October). All glamping guests registered through Hipcamp are given complimentary access to scheduled activities in September-October including our amazing 4th annual women's retreat, Chicks in the Sticks, from September 14-15, 2024. The total solar eclipse will be seen at Stergelandia on April 8, 2024! Book your stay now! We hope you'll join us every year as we continue to our habitat restoration and creation journey at Stergelandia. We can't wait to meet you. Need some ideas for when to visit? Here are some key time periods:鈥 -We have flowering trees from late April-mid May 鈥-Buttercup season is late May-early July -Tadpole season is May-June 鈥-Baby deer sightings are mostly late May-early July and peak in June. 鈥-Firefly season is mid June-Mid July -Free Weekend Breakfast is from the first weekend of June to the second weekend of October -Tiny toads by the thousands are found by the river in late july, early august -Frogs are most active June-August鈥 -Stargazing is year-round, but the best time is July-September -for nighttime weather 鈥 -The meteor shower is typically best seen in August -Lavender should be fresh, flush and available in July-August -Pollinators are very active July-September (later in the year is almost exclusively bumblebees) -Dragonfly season is early august -Black raspberries are at their peak in mid-late august -Milky Way season is august-end of September -Wildflowers are best in late August-early September -Salamanders are found under felled logs and rocks August-September -Large toads are found in the woods more frequently August-September -Chicks in the Sticks is the weekend after Labor Day. Just book that weekend and you're ticketed for the event. -Golden hour season is august-October and peaks in September -The best sunsets are mid September-mid October -Fall leaves are at their best the last week of September -Ground mushrooms flush in late September-October -Fall fest is the holiday weekend in October (free pumpkins and apples!)鈥. This themed weekend's activities and snacks are complimentary for our guests. -Seasonal produce will be available the end of June-mid October鈥 -Apple season is September-October -We are closed for the season after the first weekend of November.
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Jara Farms

9 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents60 acres 路 Andover, NY
Jara Farms is located just south of Alfred, NY. The 80-acre rolling terrain is about 30 acres of woods and 50 acres of open fields and pastures. This is an active farm with many animals lounging in the pastures. For now we don't have cows. Come and enjoy our beautiful farm with us. We might even put you to work.
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The best camping near Cherry Springs State Park guide



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鈥檚 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.聽
  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.聽

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.聽
  • 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.聽
  • There are accessible campsites, restrooms, and picnic areas at Cherry Springs State Park.

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