Western Pennsylvania is long known to be rugged and filled with forests. Deer sightings are common, and bear sightings even make the local news. Needless to say, camping is a popular activity in the area as well. I’m here to list three affordable options to go camping at in the area.
Moraine State Park – Muddy Creek Township
Located off Interstate 79 in Butler County, Moraine State Park opened in 1970 and twice served as the home of the Boy Scouts Jamobree in its first decade of operation. The area has an artificial lake, Lake Arthur, that tourists use to go fishing and swimming. (Although I wouldn’t recommend doing the latter activity.) There are also several hiking trails in the area, both at the park and at nearby McConnells Mill State Park. Aside from easy Interstate access, Moraine also has cabins for rentals, including one that is handicapped-friendly. Tent camping, however, is prohibited.
Raccoon Creek State Park – Hanover Township
Located in southern Beaver County near Washington County, Raccoon Creek State Park offers a very scenic outdoors view only 30 miles from downtown Pittsburgh. As the name implies, Raccoon Creek passes through the area. There are several hiking and mountain bike trails, as well as designated hunting areas during hunting season. There are cabins to stay in, as well as traditional tent camping.
Ohiopyle State Park – Dunbar
Located in Fayette County, Ohiopyle has long been popular with whitewater rafting. It offers several places to hike and do rock climbing, as well as horseback riding and bike trails. Despite the name, it’s actually closer to West Virginia and Maryland than Ohio. The park offers group tent camping as well as cottages and yurts for overnight visits at Ohiopyle.