Best Tent Camping: Pennsylvania 2nd edition went to press a couple of weeks ago. So it should be in bookstores and in my mailbox any day now. With a new edition, I always swap out some of the old material for some new material. For the second edition of BTC: PA I added about a dozen new campground profiles.
Pennsylvania State Forest Sites
Recently I have been investigating state forest campsites in Pennsylvania. State Forest sites can be very desirable for several reasons. Although you’ll need to get a permit to use them, many are free. These are individual campsites distributed throughout the forest, rather than campgrounds. The settings of many of these sites are lovely and secluded. And they are typically much larger than campground sites. On the flipside, they offer camping that is best classified as “primitive:” most don’t have restrooms or a water source, so you have to use wilderness camping techniques to take care of cleaning and waste. They are often used by hunters and can be difficult to reserve during the height of hunting season. Some access roads can be a little rugged. For me these qualities makes them quite appealing–I do primitive quite well. For others, though, these characteristics can be a real turn off.
Forbes State Forest
In the second edition, I included information on camping areas in Delaware, Michaux,and Forbes State Forests–where they are located, what you’ll find there, nearby activities, and how to apply for a permit. Some of these are really nice sites and included, notably, the highest campsite in Pennsylvania. It is located just down the road from Mt. Davis, the highest point in the state. Here are a couple of photographs of some of the Forbes State Forest sites, since there are no photographs in the new edition of the book. Click on the curved blue arrow below the thumbnails to enter full screen and see descriptive captions for each.
Delaware State Forest
When I write guidebooks, I visit many more places than I can include in the book. Of course, I leave out the stuff that doesn’t make the grade. Sometimes, as well, I choose not to include places because I need to better represent another part of the region, or because I need to do further research. While researching the Delaware State Forest, I stumbled upon these two sites on my way to another area. They are part of the Edgemere area sites, which consists of ten sites distributed over several miles of forest. This map provides the location of each. The two sites are E-13 CCC Camp and E-14 Silver Lake, and are located just across Silver Lake Road from one another. I have provided GPS coordinates in the captions for the photographs for each site. Click on the curved blue arrow below to see descriptive captions for each.The PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources provides a brochure with contact information for all of the state forest districts. You can also reserve the sites online, and there is information in my book with the URL for both of these forest districts as well as Michaux.