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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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Stargazing Field at Olga Farm

5 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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Towner's Country Paradise

4 sites · Lodging, Tents500 acres · 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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Farm on the Creek

5 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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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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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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Triple Dream Farm

2 sites · RVs, Tents99 acres · Smethport, PA
Hipcamp hosts since 2017 on a 99 acre farm, 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 Horse Pasture Campsite offers the peace, privacy and relaxation to campers looking to be out in the PA Wilds on our 99 acre family horse farm. Our Boondocking Site offers a inexpensive, safe and quiet alternative for those looking to stay 1 - 2 nights with a self-contained RV. HORSE PASTURE SITE: A row of trees, underbrush, small forest area 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, hiking and dog walks up the trails or just relaxing and decompressing from your hectic schedule to reconnect with family and friends. BOONDOCKING: This option 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. Before booking, please communicate your arrival dates and needs so we can accommodate them. OUR FARM: We are a recognized 501(c)(3) for the rescue, daily care of equines and related activities and community outreach. We are 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 Penn-Brad Oil Museum. Lumber Museum, Rock City Park and hidden gems of small town Americana such as Smethport, Coudersport, Wellsboro, Kane PA as well as Olean, NY are well worth the short drive. These towns boast various festivals all year long for your enjoyment as well. Scenic views can be had at Rim Rock, various trails in the Allegany National Forest and all along U.S. Route 6 - a popular drive! The Pennsylvania Grand Canyon is a short 2 hour drive for additional hiking and other outdoor activities along with wondrous views and activities. * 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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Calm Mountain

2 sites · RVs20 acres · Lawrenceville, PA
This is a new camp. Thanks for checking us out! We purchased our 20.5 Acres of land in the 1970's. We lived in a small dwelling and lived off the land for years; with a large garden and small farm animals. Now, our property has become our retirement sanctuary, for us to use with our RV. We developed 2 RV sites with full hookups, including 30, 50 Amp and 110 electric. There is water and sewage hookups, at both sites. We would like to share this sanctuary with others, who would appreciate it. You can book 1 site or add the second site at the extras section, in check out. We are only renting to one party at a time. You will have the campsites to yourselves. Our property is one mile from Cowanesque Lake, where there is fishing, boating, and swimming. You will enjoy wildlife, on our property and in the surrounding area such as deer, bald eagles, various birds, hoot owls at night, and others. It is also within driving distance from the Finger Lakes and wineries, Watkins Glenn, Corning Glass Museum, Leonard Harrison and Colton Point State Parks, Hills Creek State Park, Mansfield University, Tioga Boar Hunting Reserve, and the adorable town of Wellsboro. There are no lights on our property and is very dark at night. It is best to arrive during daylight, for easier RV hook up. However, due to the darkness, stargazing is spectacular. We have been able to see the Milky Way, at times. There is only one other home visible from the campsites. Enjoy!
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Green Acres Glampground

6 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents20 acres · North Bend, PA
Green Acres Glamp ground sits on almost 20 acres of beautiful scenic property with access to the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Clinton County PA Wilds. We are a stones throw away from Hyner state Park and Hyner view. We offer 6 RV sites and 6 stargazing bell tents that are furnished with comfortable beds and linens.
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Lake Life @ The Elders

1 site · RV2 acres · Howard, PA
We are located on the outskirts of the adorable Howard, PA lake town! We live on a little over 2 acres. We have a large backyard, dining patio, pool, sunbathing spot and a creek. The RV site available is on the side of the home that does not have windows (for added privacy) and gives you access to the backyard if you wish to use any of the downstairs patios/pool area. We have plenty of space for any size RV, plus space for a car or boat. We have one 50amp and four 20amp hookups. BPA/Lead free water hose, plus filter (optional). We are 2 minutes away from the Bald Eagle boat launch and 7 minutes from the main park with a marina, beach, hiking, and fishing. We are 15 minutes from the beautiful Bellefonte historic downtown (restaurants, shopping, breweries, parks). We are only 24 minutes from Beaver Stadium if you are in town for a Penn State game! We have two dogs, so you may see or hear them from time to time. They are kept indoors primarily. We are friendly, love to host, and are happy to help answer questions about the area!
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Camping at Cold Springs

3 sites · Lodging, Tents10 acres · Cogan Station, PA
Hello fellow campers and outdoor lovers!!! We call our 10 acre, secluded property Cold Springs. We have spent 15 years here curating lovely areas to relax, party at and invite others to call it a home away from home. The camping areas are in the back of the property and are surrounded by woods and secluded from view of the house. There are paths leading to the pond which is a great reading area and fishing spot plus a canoe and paddleboat to enjoy. Last summer (2022) we added a tipi to the camping area. We are located right outside of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Our area is home to many amazing restaurants, several breweries and cute downtown shops.
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secluded cabin retreat

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Philipsburg, PA
This cabin is one mile from black moshannon state park with lake and streams. Very secluded but only 1/2 mile off of paved road with stone road into cabin and only 20 minutes from Beaver Stadium. Built in the early 1940's of the Y.C.C Crew of PA. This is a rustic cabin with all the comforts of home!Learn more about this land:Cabin in the woods with all the comforts of home.  2 bedrooms with double bunkbeds and large living room with fireplace.  Electric heat with  woodburner in the basement.  One mile from black moshannon state park with lake and streams.  secluded but only 1/2 mile off of paved road with stone road into cabin.
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The best camping near Ole Bull State Park guide

Overview

About

“Olé, Olé, Olé!” And you’ll be chanting similar spirited lyrics while you’re snowmobiling down Ole Bull State Park’s frozen precipitation during the colder months. Occupying one-hundred-and-thirty acres of Pennsylvania's Black Forest (called so because of the dense vegetation), this modest sized park serves-up surprisingly large portions of outdoor activities; fishing in the well-stocked Kettle Creek is known to be some of the best in the colonial state. In fact, both Ole Bull Creek and Kettle Creek have become synonymous with mantle piece-worthy catches. And, with the park’s two well-manicured, modern campgrounds hugging Kettle Creek, you’ll be able to enjoy all the hydrophilic bliss Ole Bull State Park’s has to offer.

When to go

The ideal time to visit Ole Bull State Park is during the warmer months, from late spring to early fall, when the park's flora is in full bloom and the wildlife is most active. Winter offers a quiet, snowy retreat, but some facilities may be limited, so always check ahead.

Know before you go

  • Check weather conditions before your visit to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
  • Be mindful of park rules and regulations to preserve the natural habitat for future visitors.
  • Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for hiking and other outdoor activities.
  • Remember to pack essentials like water, snacks, and a first-aid kit.
  • Explore nearby camping options if you're planning an overnight stay.

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