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8 Amazing Places to Camp

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Woods, Farms and Parks in Pennsylvania

Looking for one last summer hurrah? Delay cabin fever with a real cabin at one of Pennsylvania’s great campgrounds. There’s plenty of room to social distance, explore and exercise. Safety guidelines vary by location, so check campground websites for more information.

Country Acres Campground, Bird-in-Hand

Masks, hand-sanitizer stations and safety shields are only a few of the COVID-19 mitigation protocols at Country Acres. Go rustic with a standard tent site or opt for cabins with full bathrooms, air conditioning and cable TV. Consistently rated one of the cleanest, most family-friendly campgrounds, Country Acres is within easy driving distance of Lancaster County’s major tourist attractions and activities.

French Creek State Park, Elverson

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, French Creek State Park is operating at 75 percent capacity. Score a campsite by booking well in advance of the park’s Oct. 31 season end. Masks are required in common areas. Pools and other amenities are open with capacity limitations and social-distancing requirements. Enjoy boating, fishing, hiking and bird watching.

Knoebels, Elysburg

One of Pennsylvania’s best-loved amusement parks, Knoebels is also a great place to camp. Choose from tent and trailer sites, log cabins and other cabins with modern conveniences and private bathrooms. Masks are required in public places, and disinfection regimens are in effect. Some activities are closed, but most of the pools, rides and games are open with social-distancing limitations.

Little Red Barn, Quakertown

Tent and RV camping are the options at this family-owned, family-friendly campground. Even with COVID-19 safety protocols, there’s plenty for kids to do. Pools and playgrounds abound, and a five-minute drive takes you to Nockamixon State Park, Lake Towhee and Tohickon Creek for boating, fishing and hiking.

Philadelphia/West Chester KOA, Coatesville

“Responsible recreation” is the mantra at Kampgrounds of America. Masks are recommended, and groups are limited to 25. Some common areas are closed, but there are plenty of land and water sports to enjoy. Nestled along the Brandywine Creek, this KOA is in ChesLen Preserve, Chester County’s largest privately owned, publicly accessible nature preserve.

Scenic Turtle Ridge, Coatesville

This 30 acres of Chester County goodness gets a 99 percent approval rating from experienced campers on the HipCamp app. Situated on a farm, complete with goats, sheep and chickens, Scenic Turtle Ridge’s four camp sites border Hibernia Park and the Brandywine River. Bathroom facilities are shared, and there aren’t any showers, but the well-maintained grounds and animals are a hit with campers.

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Valleyview Farm Campground, Waymart

Tucked into the Pocono Mountains, Valleyview Farm Campground has cabins, tent and RV sites, and mobile homes to rent. Pools, ponds and playgrounds are open, and Prompton Lake State Park’s hiking and biking options are a 10-minute drive. Archbald Pothole State Park is 20 minutes away, and kid-friendly amusement parks are just a bit farther.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, Quarryville

Jellystone’s 63 acres in Lancaster County are perfect for camping. Safety protocols are in full effect, but with most amenities open, there’s plenty for families to enjoy. Pools and hot tubs are available with social distancing and other rules. Miniature golf, laser tag, basketball, volleyball and other activities are open, but guests are required to bring their own equipment for most sports.