The best camping near Raccoon Creek State Park

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

The best camping near Raccoon Creek State Park

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

Camping near Raccoon Creek State Park

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

Wildflowers, wetlands, and woodlands provide photo-worthy views through every season.  

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Bill S. and Nancy's property

9 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Mercer, PA
It's pretty dark here. There are no large cities anywhere around here. My family moved here in 1957 and I purchased it from my father in 1975. My wife is responsible for much of the landscaping and home improvements that have been done since 1990. We are retired self-employed .
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Fombell Landing

21 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Fombell, PA
A secluded waterfront campground that offers off grid and primitive camping as well as tear drop and RV locations. Fishing, kayaking, and much more. Just outside Zelienople Pennsylvania. The campground is split into two separate, but close locations. Sites 115 A-D, 129 A-D, 139 A, and 158 A-C, start at the address 115 Narrows Rd Fombell, PA 16123. Sites 126 A-I are located at 126 Lend Street, Fombell PA 16123. Please park safely and call Curt upon arrival.
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Runnin Crazy Farm

5 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · New Brighton , PA
Growing up & building on the back of our Family Farm is the best goal I ever set for myself! My Off-Grid 20 acres has raised my 2 kids and all the animals we could rescue! We run a Horse Boarding Facility along with Freezer Meat of all sorts. It's a small Hobby Farm but we love it all the same! Family environment that's down to earth! Learn more about this land: Sites 1 and 2 are for campers/tents. Sites 3 and 4 are tent only spots. Fire ring at each. Top tent spots up in field (3 and 4) need a higher vehicle to get to them. A bit Off Road. Horse stalls/guided trails available for the campers bringing their own horses. Our animals are friendly and love attention. Dogs welcome but need a leash. Our family run farm is willing to accommodate your needs. Book a stay with us as you pass on thru. (Totally Off Grid livin my dream. Remember to burn burnables and take non burnables with you. Generators welcome) Thanx!
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Michelle’s Primitive Camp Nook

3 sites · Lodging9 acres · East Palestine, OH
My Mini horse farm is a relaxing place in the country for a peaceful retreat.
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Exploring Limits wildlife Retreat

5 sites · Tents9 acres · Youngstown, OH
This hidden gem is tucked away in the middle of an industrial area of youngstown. One moment you'll be in the middle of a busy city and the next, you'll be engulfed into a peaceful retreat. As you travel up the drive the outside world slips away. You'll find yourself in a private escape surrounded completely by a barrier of overgrown brush and woods. Springtime video tour: https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTL5E8DMW/
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Aspinwall Peak Park N' Stay Drive

1 site · RV1 acre · Pittsburgh, PA
Park in a tranquil neighborhood with convenient amenities within walking or a short driving distance. Enjoy the ease of entering and exiting from this 44x21-foot private parking spot. If you're planning an extended stay, have your mail sent directly to you. We can also supply non-potable water (via a long hose) and a 20-amp extension cord. Nearby Amenities: Grocery store Movie theaters Various casual to high-end dining options Multiple chain clothing and home stores. Experience the convenience of our location while enjoying a peaceful retreat.
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William Tennelle Family Farm

2 sites · RVs, Tents48 acres · Amity, PA
Our 50 acre farm adjoins my parent's 400 acre farm where they raise beef cattle.  My wife and I raise goats and chickens.  In summer of 2020 we expanded into raising hops and focus on making our property hospitable to helping the honeybee population.  We are avid outdoor enthusiasts enjoying camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, exploring... basically all the "ings".Learn more about this land:WTFF stands for William Tennelle Family Farm; you will be staying at an active farm. We raise chickens, goats, and hops. Honeybees coming soon.Car Camping: This site is ideal for someone wanting to camp close to their vehicle. We recommend a 4wd or higher clearance vehicles. Feel free to set your tent up anywhere in the area you choose close to the road. See the map included in the pictures for further information. A tent deck is coming soon. There is a portable fire place hanging on the tree; feel free to place it wherever is convenient for you. Please hang it back up before leaving.The outhouse is shared with our Wooded Camp SitePlease do not cut any trees or saplings; however, feel free to pick up the fallen timber for firewood. There is a pile of falling wood you are welcome to cut from. There is a saw in the outhouse; please return when you are done with it.We offer free farm fresh eggs to all campers; let us know if you would like 6 or 12.
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Rustic Resort at the Farm

3 sites · Lodging85 acres · PA
Learn more about this land:Relax under the stars in one of our two canvas tents here on the farm. Includes a spacious tent on a platform with queen bed, and a fire ring. A 3 minute walk to the main house for port a john and sink. Enjoy the farm by visiting the animals (pigs, chickens, ducks), checking out the veggie fields, or hiking in the woods). We are just a half hour from Pittsburgh, so you can take a jaunt into the city too!
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Dee L.’s Land

2 sites · Lodging, Tents2 acres · Buffalo Township, PA
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Memory Park Campground

25 sites · RVs, Tents16 acres · Mineral City, OH
Memory Park is a primitive, beautifully maintained family-owned private campground located near beautiful Atwood Lake State Park. First developed in 1968, Memory Park offers peace, quiet, and tranquility for you and your family for that perfect weekday or weekend getaway . There are plenty of primitive sites to choose from, including Murphy Meadow, Outback Bend, Honeymoon Point, and Shady Rest, just to name a few. Each campsite includes a picnic table and fire pit. Firewood is available ($10 through hipcamp or cash on-site per full wheelbarrow load). Memory Park is the ideal rustic environment to restore the soul, including simple activities like sitting around a fire, reading or taking a nap, hiking, cooking over the fire, observing nature, and enjoying fellowship with friends. Memory Park can be your 'go to' camp spot, especially for Buckeye Trail hikers! Water is available from two hand pumps on the property. Electricity is not available. Quiet generators are welcome. A clean port-a-jon is maintained for our campers.
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Sunnyday's Forest

1 site · Lodging25 acres · Tarentum, PA
Sunnyday's farm and forest was  a Christmas tree farm in the 1950's. I've owned it for the last 30 years and it is now a horse farm with pastures and  woods.Rustic area of 25 acres of pastures and forest bordering a hundred of acres of railroad and municipal forest. Great for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking. 1.5 miles from Deer Lakes park which has fishing, hiking, mountain biking and a great playground. The Allegheny river, judged to be one of the cleanest in the country, is just 6 miles away.  Harrison Hills park offers great hiking along the river and an occasional river otter. The Rachel Carson Trail and Baker trail are just a few miles away. It is a secluded log cabin in the woods on top of a hill overlooking a pasture. It is a very primitive cabin with a fireplace, brick floor, large porch, fabric interior and no chinking in the logs.  We provide a bunk bed and cots and 2 picnic tables.. There is a large grassy area in front of the cabin for tents.  There is no vehicle access, no electricity and no water at the cabin, but LOTS of downed wood for fires. There are horses, goats, chickens, ducks and a pig that roam the pastures. The cabin is about 300 yards from the parking area up a fairly steep hill, but the location is worth the walk!   If you're stopping with an RV or trailer we have ample parking near the road and have overnight accommodations for horses Great place for a stopover. 
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Cabins at ELWR

1 site · Lodging7 acres · Youngstown, OH
This retreat is located in the middle of an industrial area of Youngstown. As you go up the drive you'll find that the city slips away as you suddenly find yourself in a different peaceful world. Overgrown brush and woods completely surround the property. You'll find a hilly field scattered with a few trees. There is a small shallow creek running along one side of the perimeter. This is a primative cabin with a shared portapotty walking distance.
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The best camping near Raccoon Creek State Park guide

Overview

About

Blankets of bluebells, violets, and red and white trilliums set the landscapes ablaze each spring and summer at Raccoon Creek State Park. The 314-acre wildflower reserve is the park’s crown jewel, with 4.5 miles of trails and more than 700 plant species to spot, but the outdoor adventures don’t stop there. Head to Racoon Lake to boat, fish, or swim in summer, explore 27 miles of hiking trails, or bring your mountain bike, horse, or snowmobile—there are 11 miles of multi-use trails, too. Campers can choose from cabins, rustic camping, or modern electric hookup campsites.  

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for family campers: The main Racoon Creek State Campground has tent and trailer campsites, many with electric hookups, plus warm showers and flush toilets. 
  • Best for tent campers: Sioux Rustic Campground has primitive camping open through winter, but facilities are limited (non-flush toilets and potable water only). 
  • Best for backpackers: Pioneer Backpacking Area has walk-in tent-only primitive camping—bring everything you need with you, including drinking water.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. You can reserve one of 172 campsites and 10 cabins via the Pennsylvania State Parks website. 
  2. Campsite reservations open 11 months in advance, and sites can be reserved up until noon on the day of arrival.
  3. Campsites can book up fast, especially if visiting during peak season (April-October) or on holiday weekends. Aim to book at least three months in advance, especially for cabins.

When to go

The spring and summer wildflower blooms are the star attraction at Racoon Creek, and the season peaks in late April and late August. Fall foliage is equally spectacular, and typically peaks in mid-October. It’s warm enough to swim at the lake from late May through mid-September, while winter visitors can enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and ice skating. Camping is possible year-round at Sioux Rustic Campground, but the main campground closes from mid-October through mid-October.

Know before you go

  • Raccoon Creek State Park is west of Pittsburgh, about a 40-minute drive away. Entry points are located along PA 18, which runs through the park.
  • There are no admission fees for Pennsylvania State Parks, but campsite booking fees apply. 
  • Facilities in the park include restrooms, picnic areas, food concession stands, boat rentals, boat launches, an electric car charging station, and a playground. 
  • Fires are only permitted in grills and fire rings.
  • You can bring your own boats (electric motors only). Swimming is permitted at the swimming beach only.
  • There are ADA-accessible campsites, cabins, and restrooms at the park. The swimming beach is also accessible.

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