Where to go (Car Camping)

*Here are some of the best car camping spots in the Mid-Atlantic. Feel free to send tips, comments or questions so that we may build this resource to best help our fellow adventurers.

Within 2 Hours:

French Creek State Park, PA

Hawk Mountain, PA

Hibernia County Park, PA

Wharton State Forest, NJ: Bodine Field/ Mullica River (Backcountry/canoeing)

Belleplain State Park, NJ

Bass River State Park, NJ

Parvin State Park, NJ

Susquehanna State Park, MD

Elk Neck State Park, MD

Cape Henlopen State Park, DE

Lums Pond State Park, DE

2-4 Hours:

Hickory Run State Park, PA

Ricketts Glen State Park, PA

Worlds End State Park, PA

Promised Land State Park. PA

Lehigh Gorge State Park, PA

Mauch Chunk Lake Park, Carbon County PA

Delaware Water Gap: Dingmans / Bushkill Falls, PA

Delaware Water Gap: Worthington State Forest, NJ

Cowan's Gap, PA

Allegheny National Forest, PA (Backcountry)

Pine Creek Gorge, PA (Grand Canyon of PA)

Appalachian Trail, PA

Stokes State Forest, PA

High Point State Park, NJ

Assateague / Chincoteague Island National Seashore, MD

Catskills, NY

4+ Hours:

Dolly Sods Wilderness, WV

Shenandoah National Park, VA

George Washington & Jefferson National Forest, WV (backcountry)

Taughannock Falls State Park, NY (Finger Lakes)

Adirondacks, NY

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC/TN

Tuckerman Ravine, Mt. Washington, NH

 

 Resources

Reserve and research campgrounds:

ReserveAmerica.com

Recreation.gov

NPS.gov

dcnr.state.pa.us

outdoorproject.com

 

Helpful Apps:

All Trails

Pocket Ranger


Where to go: Backpacking Pennsylvania


 

Northeastern Pennsylvania: Pocono & Endless Mountains

Thunder Swamp Trail / 28.2 mi. (Loop possible) / 2-3 days / Easy - moderate

Pinchot Trail / 24 mi. loop / 1.5-2 days / Easy

Loyalsock Trail / 59.28 mi. linear / 4-7 days / Moderate - difficult

Loyalsock-Link Trail / 17 mi. spur between Loyalsock loop & parking area at Mead Rd. / 1.5-2.5 days / Moderate

Worlds End Loop Trail / 12 mi. loop / 1-2 days / Moderate

Old Loggers Path / 27 mi. loop / 1.5-3 days / Moderate

Southeastern Pennsylvania

 

Appalachian Trail / 232 mi. linear / 2-3 wks / Easy- difficult

Section 1: Pen Mar to Susquehanna River: most scenic/ not overwhelmingly rocky

Section 2: Susquehanna River to Port Clinton: very rocky section

Section 3: Port Clinton to Delaware Water Gap: challenging & very rocky

 

Horse-Shoe Trail / 140 mi. linear / 9-14 days / Easy to moderate

Conestoga Trail / 63 mi. linear / 4-6 days / Easy to moderate

Mason-Dixon Trail / 190 mi. linear / 14-24 days / Easy to moderate

 

Central Pennsylvania

Tuscarora Trail / 95 mi. linear / 7-11 days / Moderate to very difficult

Standing Stone Trail / 72 mi. linear / 5-8 days / Moderate to very difficult

Terrace Mountain Trail / 25 mi. linear / 2-3 days / Moderate

Mid-State Trail / 260 mi. linear / 4-7 wks / Moderate to very difficult

Greenwood Spur / 6.7 mi. linear / 1-2 days / Moderate

Reeds Gap Spur / 13.85 mi. linear / 1-2 days / Moderate to difficult

 

North-Central Pennsylvania: Pine Creek Gorge & Allegheny Plateau

West Rim Trail / 30.5 mi. linear / 2-3 days / Moderate

Black Forest Trail / 42 mi. loop / 2.5-4 days / Very Difficult

Susquehannock Trail System / 85 mi. loop / 5-9 days / Moderate to difficult

Donut Hole Trail / 90 mi. linear / 7-9 days / Moderate to difficult

Bucktail Path / 34 mi. linear / 2.5-4 days / Moderate to difficult

Elk Trail / 16 mi. linear / 1.5-2 days / Easy to moderate

Quehanna Trail / 73 mi. loop / main loop 5-8 days, shorter options with connector trails / Moderate to difficult

Chuck Keiper Trail / 50 mi. loop/ 2-6 days connector trail options / Moderate to very difficult

Allegheny Front Trail / 40 mi. loop / 2.5-4 days / Moderate

 

Southwestern Pennsylvania & Laurel Highlands Region

Lost Turkey Trail / 26.28 mi. linear / 1.5-2.5 days / Moderate to difficult

John P. Saylor Trail / 17.5 mi. double loop / 1.5-2 days / Easy

Laurel Highlands Trail / 70 mi. linear / 5-9 days / Moderate

Bear Run Nature Reserve / 23 mi. interconnecting system of 16 individual trails / 1-2 days / Easy to moderate

Quebec Run Wild Area / 26 mi. interconnecting system of 11 individual trails / 1-2 days / Easy to moderate

Warrior Trail / 45 mi linear / 3-4 days / Easy to moderate

Raccoon Creek State Park / 19.5 mi loop / 1.5-2 days / Easy to moderate

 

Northwestern Pennsylvania & Allegheny National Forest

Gerard Hiking Trail / 36 mi. loop / 2-3 days / Easy to moderate

North Country Trail / 90 mi. currently but expanding to 3,200 mi when finished / 7-12 days Allegheny NF segment / Moderate to difficult

Baker Trail / 141 mi. linear / 9-14 days / Easy to moderate

Minister Creek Trail / 7.5 mi loop / 3-5 hrs / Easy to moderate

Twin Lakes Trail / 15.8 mi linear / 1.5-2 days / Easy to moderate

Hickory Creek Trail / 12 mi loop / 1-2 days / Easy

Tanbark Trail / 9 mi linear / 1-2 days / Easy to moderate

Morrison Trail / 12.3 mi. loop with connector / 1-2 days / Easy to moderate

Tracy Ridge Hiking Trail System / 33.69 mi interconnecting system / 1.5-3 days / Easy to moderate