Warm days, chilly nights and colorful fall foliage make October a great month for camping, whether your looking for manicured plots or dense woods, tents or cabins And lower shoulder-season rates make many spots budget-friendly.
From grass tent pads to safari-style “glamping” tents with beds and bathrooms, this Kampgrounds of America site offers accommodations groups small and large. This beautiful spot hugs Brandywine Creek in ChesLen Preserve, Chester County’s largest privately owned, publically accessible nature preserve.1659 Embreeville Road, Coatesville, (610) 486-0447.
Want a yurt? Sure you do. This state park has classic yurts—the round, canvas-and-wood walled tents perched on wooden platforms. If yurts aren’t your thing, the park also has 10 cabins, three cottages and more than 200 tent sites. Spread through Chester and Berks counties, French Creek offers 7,730 acres of contiguous forest filled with natural wildlife.
843 Park Road, Elverson, (610) 582-9680
Thirty acres of Chester County goodness, Scenic Turtle Ridge gets a 99 percent approval rating from experienced campers on the HipCamp app. Situated on a farm with goats, sheep and chickens, its 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 are a hit with campers.
239 Hibernia Rd, Coatesville, PA 19320
This old-school campground offers latrines, fire rings and little else. No showers or electric hookups are available, but you can’t beat the $15 nightly fee. Choicest spots can be found at the RV-friendly Fiddler’s Campground and tent sites adjacent to Chambers Lake. The park itself is on the National Register of Historic Places and has more than 900 acres of trails, woodlands, meadows and more.
1 Park Road, Coatesville, (610) 383-3812.
Rainbow Ridge’s 100-year-old working farm is home to horses, chickens, ducks and goats. There’s plenty of privacy for campers to pitch their tents, kitchens and showers are available, and hikers can explore nearby Nockamixon and Washington Crossing state parks. Horseback riding is available at the farm.
4841 Apple Butter Road, Pipersville, (215) 766-9356.
More farmland than woods, this campground is in the heart of Lancaster County’s Amish Country. Go rustic with a standard tent site, or opt for cabins that have full bathrooms, heating and air conditioning, and cable TV. Consistently rated one of the cleanest, most family-friendly campgrounds, Country Acres is within easy driving distance of major tourist attractions and activities.
20 Leven Road, Gordonville, (717) 983-3064.
On this 63-acre slice of Lancaster County splendor, cabins, tent sites and RV hookups adjoin fun zones with miniature golf, laser tag, a jumping pillow, basketball, volleyball and more. Water sports are available only in spring and summer, but there’s still plenty to explore in autumn.
340 Blackburn Road, Quarryville, (717) 610-4505.