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8 Places to Camp Just a Short Drive from the Main Line

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There are plenty of woods, farms and parks to take a scenic camping trip that are only a few hours from the Main Line region.

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 explore and camp at these scenic retreats. Safety guidelines vary by location, so check campground websites for more information.

Country Acres Campground, Bird-in-Hand

Go rustic with a standard tent site or opt for cabins with full bathrooms, air conditioning and cable TV at Country Acres Campground. 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.

20 Leven Road, Gordonville


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French Creek State Park, Elverson

The forests, lakes, wetlands and fields at French Creek State Park are a couple of the destination highlights for guests to hike, fish, camp and bike. Set up camp and enjoy all the park has to offer.

843 Park Rd, Elverson


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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.

391 Knoebels Blvd ,Route 487, Elysburg

Little Red Barn, Quakertown

Tent and RV camping are the options at this family-owned, family-friendly campground. 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.

367 Old Bethlehem Road, Quakertown

Philadelphia/West Chester KOA, Coatesville

“Responsible recreation” is the mantra at Kampgrounds of America. Nestled along the Brandywine Creek, this KOA is in ChesLen Preserve, Chester County’s largest privately owned, publicly accessible nature preserve.

1659 Embreeville Rd, Coatesville

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 & Campgrounds, 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.

1576 Belmont Tpke, Waymart

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, Quarryville

Jellystone’s 63 acres in Lancaster County are perfect for camping. There are plenty of family-friendly activities for the entire group to enjoy. Pools and hot tubs are available for campers who want to lounge in the water. Miniature golf, laser tag, basketball, volleyball and other activities are other fun activities to enjoy here.

340 Blackburn Road, Quarryville

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