Hipcamp host Austin Dam P.
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There are beautiful sites for private primitive camping. There are nature trails. Many though forested terrain, along the stream and through the historical ruins. Some trailing south toward the Papermill ruins and some trailing up to vista areas. 

Nestled in a narrow valley and along the winding stream of Freeman Run is the ruins of the Bayless Paper Mill Dam, curren


There are beautiful sites for private primitive camping. There are nature trails. Many though forested terrain, along the stream and through the historical ruins. Some trailing south toward the Papermill ruins and some trailing up to vista areas. 

Nestled in a narrow valley and along the winding stream of Freeman Run is the ruins of the Bayless Paper Mill Dam, currently referred to as the Austin Dam. In 1911 the dam broke and water engulfed much of the town of Austin and claimed over 78 lives. In 1994 the Austin Dam Memorial Park Association was formed and since has worked diligently to create a beautiful natural park. We are a non-profit, all-volunteer group.  

Austin borough in Potter County, Pennsylvania is located 2 miles south of Austin Dam Park. Today, Austin, PA is home to just 600 people and the smallest school district in Pennsylvania. Due to its tragic past, Austin is known as "the town too tough to die." Visit Austin to see what remains of the town that almost completely washed away.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers
8 sites
Up to 24 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
No showers
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-in site
Max length 20ft
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 50% off

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Biking is allowed in the park. Hybrid and mountain bicycles are highly recommended to better tolerate a wide range of riding co...Read more


Fishing is allowed in the park. Freeman Run runs through the park. For Fishing License purchase, fishing rules, and fishing reg...Read more


There are nature trails. Many along the stream and through the park. Some trailing leads to the Austin Dam ruins and some trai...Read more

Horseback riding

Horseback riding is allowed in the park. Summit Trail Rides hosts trail rides by appointment (additional fee apply) near by the...Read more


Our Park's swimming holes are suitable for innertubes. Our Park's stream Freeman Run is not deep enough for kayaks or canoes, ...Read more

Snow sports

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing is allowed in the park. Gift-shop, Welcome Center, water spigots, and toilets facilities a...Read more


Swimming and wading in the stream is allowed. "Stone stacking" is one of the most ancient art forms. And a fun activity to do...Read more

Wildlife watching

This is one of the most scenic and remote regions of Penn’s Woods. It offers a great opportunity to view Pennsylvania’s white-t...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Austin Dam Park in Pennsylvania.


The Coudersport Ice Mine is located near-by (a short drive within 30 minutes). The Coudersport Ice Mine is an ice cave located ...Read more


Susquehannock State Forest is one of eight state forests located in the Pennsylvania Wilds region. Our region is mainly covered...Read more


The park is on the Allegheny Plateau, western section of the Appalachian Mountains. The high plateau has been worn away by stre...Read more

Prairie, meadow, or plain

The Stargazing at Cherry Springs State Park is located near-by (a short drive within 30 minutes). Cherry Springs presents dark ...Read more

River, stream, or creek

East Branch of Freeman Run flows through the park. Freeman Run is a stream in Potter County, in the state of Pennsylvania. Fr...Read more

Swimming hole

Several swimming and wading holes are in the park. The deepest swimming hole in the park is located at the Coffer Dam. Another ...Read more


Wetlands associated with Freeman Run are classified as Exceptional Value Wetlands. These wetlands support species such as wood...Read more

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Hipcamper Grant

Best car-camping ever

Grant D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
June 4th, 2019

Loved my campsite. It had soft ground, a nice firepit and picnic table, and was secluded from other campsites. There is an abundance of pre-cut firewood here (all ash which burns beautifully), the bathrooms are clean, the on-site water is tasty. I enjoyed exploring the dam, a true piece of Americana. I also took advantage of star-gazing at cherry springs state park while i stayed here (2nd darkest skies in the continental US). I met three of the caretakers at the park, and all three were friendly and helpful. At the time of this review, the park is pretty new to hip-camp, but the president of the park association told me he intends to keep the campsites private and primitive; no RV hookups or crowded-together campsites.

Hipcamper Audrey

We are so glad to have found it!!!!

Audrey H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
May 5th, 2020

I have only good things to say about our stay at Austin Dam Memorial Park. The volunteers were so nice - they were there when we arrived, pre-arranged firewood delivered to our campsite (at a great price, too) , and answered all of our questions. They even offered to guide us on hikes through the woods or to the ruins of the old mill.
The location was beautiful and had the bonus of the interesting history of the dam failure. There was a small amount of car noise from the road across the valley, but otherwise it was very peaceful. We fell asleep to the sound of the running waters and woke to birds. We saw songbirds, hawks, a bald eagle and heard plenty of woodpeckers so its nice for bird enthusiasts.
We had campsite 4, which was at a great spot -lower than the access road but above the valley with the run. You need a four wheel drive car to park at the site or else you have to park at the road and go down a trail maybe 50 feet to the site.
There is a real toilet by the damn ruins (maybe a quarter mile from site four) and also a water spigot there with potable water. They have free wifi but it didn’t work great. There was cell reception throughout.
The campsite was huge! We could have placed a dozen tents on our site and still had space. We could not see another site from where we were.
The park is about two miles from Austin, a tiny town, which had a gas station and a general store. Because we were there during COVID distancing we didn’t spend time in town. Austin was accessible by car on the main road or by foot (or very rugged car) on a smaller road. Responsible teenagers or energetic adults could safely walk or bike to Austin from the camp.
The camp is very pet friendly. Our dog loved it.
We were there in early May so there were no leaves on trees yet. The site would be even more secluded with full foliage. It was pretty wet in some places due spring rains, but we were told it dries up more through summer and fall.
We had a great time!

Hipcamper Austin Dam
Response from Austin Dam, the Host, on May 11th, 2020

Thank you for the thorough review. Audrey's group had our first bird watcher to come to our park to camp. These Hipcampers made it though our early May weather in northern PA. Hats off to them and thier camping skills to stay warm and dry. Our review of them is the Top Rated - Ideal and first-class birder. And as for the useful comments to improved things, we will check out our WIFI system. We are way-out-in-the -boondocks, so we realize that it is important feature for people traveling into the area. For those of us that are located here, we have only one service provider Verizon's wireless, and it's coverage works well in our park. But we know that any other service doesn't work here. Also, the highway noises are much less noticeable when the leaves come on on the trees, which happens by late May. However, winter and early spring gives best unobstructed views of the vast landscape in our forest.

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Hipcamper Hayley
Hayley S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
September 16th, 2019

I enjoyed my stay here, and I lucked out staying at the same time as a local festival. There are a big variety of sites available, so there are a lot of spots where you can be tucked away in the trees and some where you’re parked closer to the creek and the flushing toilets. They offered to make me a fire while I got my things set up, and we chatted about the cool history of the place, a privately owned park. Overall, it was a great environment, very quiet and peaceful in the campsites away from the main park and even closer to the noise, it was still a nice experience.

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Hipcamper Chris
Chris S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 16th, 2019

Stayed in campsite #5. Great view of the dam, right next to the creek, flush toilet very close by. A very unique camping experience and would recommend to others!

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Hipcamper Boondaree
Boondaree J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 30th, 2019

Austin Dam was a great place! Just about 30mins away from Cherry Springs. There’s a fire pit, picnic table and flush toilet at our site. The views were great and we got to learn about the history of the dam.

Hipcamper archer
Archer M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 17th, 2019

Beautiful sights, nice and quiet ,great packing in with tents a little tight with a teardrop camper right on the stream. Had the whole place to ourselves.when you first turn off the main road onto the gravel go over the bridge and up to gravel road don't take left at big log that says campsites.only drawback in the whole place is that gravel road when you get to the end and come down into the reception area that road is very steep and hard to get up with a regular vehicle. Lots of free firewood already seasoned and split.

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Hipcamper EDWIN

Friendly hosts!

Edwin B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
August 13th, 2019

Super friendly experience. Brad and Alvie went really far out of their way to accommodate. Brad showed us around the features at the campground and had a great knowledge of the area. He directed us to a state park that we were unaware of that had a great lake for kayaking and good hiking. They are doing a lot of work to improve the campground and I’m excited to go back again. Hopefully I can make Dam Fest next year!

Hipcamper Austin Dam
Response from Austin Dam, the Host, on August 17th, 2019

Thank you for your favorable reply. We look forward to your return, and a visit with us again at the Dam Music festival. Edwin and his family were first-rate campers, and made it a point to explore not just our park during thier stay, but took time to also visit several of our near-by attractions, making it a complete adventure. Nicely done! Once you get Potter County mud on your boots, you are sure to return.

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Hipcamper Jennifer
Jennifer Y.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
September 13th, 2019


Hipcamper Brian

Best camping stay i’ve ever been on

Brian M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
May 3rd, 2020

The volunteers around the park are very knowledgable about the area. They even talked to us about the history of the dam and told us about the old paper mill a mile down the trail. It was one of the best camping experience I’ve ever had. Thank you to the volunteers!

Hipcamper Austin Dam
Response from Austin Dam, the Host, on May 6th, 2020

Guests like Brian, make hosting a genuine delight. The Hipcampers travelled lite, and were efficiently prepared with the necessary gear. Our review is the Top Rated - Ideal

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