Camping in Western Pennsylvania: Park-by-park accommodations

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A  variety of lodging choices, from rustic cabin to bed-and-breakfast, are available in Pennsylvania’s state parks. While basic amenities are consistent within lodging type, there are additional variables to check for such as lakeside location, fire pits and laundry facilities. Some sites are open year-round, while others are seasonal. The number of persons each accommodates varies.

Pets are permitted in designated sites, including caged pets such as birds or hamsters, and up to two non-caged pets such as dogs or cats.

To find accommodations that meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, contact the park directly.

Firewood may not be brought into Pennsylvania. The use of local firewood is recommended.

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all Pennsylvania state parks.

Lodging reservations may be made at or at 1-888-PA-PARKS (727-2757)  from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except holidays. The Inn at Cook Forest may be reached at 814-744-8590. 

Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance; bookings for major holiday weekends fill quickly. The maximum stay during the summer season is 14 consecutive nights and in seasons other than summer it is 21.

Nightly rates for rustic cabins, depending on location, begin at $20; for modern cabins, $56; deluxe cottages, $52; and camping cottages and yurts, $35.

Here are the accommodations available at 10 of the locations in Western Pennsylvania that are listed under “Lodging In the West” on the above website. Click on “Search by Region.”

■ Keystone State Park, Westmoreland County — 11 modern cabins, 2 yurts, 3 camping cottages

■ Kooser State Park, Somerset County — 9 rustic cabins

■ Laurel Hill State Park, Somerset County — 1 lodge, 8 camping cottages

■ Linn Run State Park, Westmoreland County — 1 modern cabin, 9 rustic cabins

■ Moraine State Park, Butler County — 11 modern cabins

■ Ohiopyle State Park, Fayette County — 4 yurts, 6 camping cottages

■ Pymatuning State Park, Crawford County — 25 modern cabins

■ Raccoon Creek State Park, Beaver County, 10 modern cabins, 1 lodge

■ Ryerson Station State Park, Greene County — 2 camping cottages

■ Yellow Creek State Park, Indiana County  — 4 yurts, 6 camping cottages. 





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