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Old 02-25-2015, 08:33 AM   #1
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Pennslyvania camping/touring

Greeting from a long time lurker. So I live in central Virginia and I have a friend in NYC. We would like to meet somewhere in PA for a few days of camping and back road exploring. I'd love to hear your stories and suggestions. We are hoping to skip the Harley crowd camp sites if you know what I mean. Primitive camping with a view
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Old 02-25-2015, 08:40 AM   #2
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You are going to want to post this question in Trip Planning.
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Old 02-25-2015, 10:07 AM   #3
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Most pa state forests offer primitive camping and I believe you can camp anywhere as long as you are 100 yards off of a road
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You can't camp on State Game Lands.
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Old 02-25-2015, 04:08 PM   #5
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caledonia is nice, Its central southern PA. Its not really a straight shot between central VA and NYC, but its right in the middle of the Michaux State Forest which has a lot of dirt roads for dual sport riding. Its 13 miles west of Gettysburg if history is your thing. The applachian trail passes through the area. Pine Grove Furnace State Park is also nearby. High Rock scenic overlook is about 20 miles away, its one of the best scenic overlooks in the appalachians

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Old 02-25-2015, 08:56 PM   #6
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Thanks for the ideas guys!
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Old 02-26-2015, 12:08 PM   #7
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I think there is a whole thread about PA camping over in the Northeast forums. There is also a thread about Michaux state forest too I think in the Day Trippin area.
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:35 PM   #8
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Tough to go wrong with the PA Grand Canyon and surrounding area. Wellsboro, PA is a nice town.
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Old 02-26-2015, 08:06 PM   #9
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PA Primitive Camping

Don't forget the Allegheny National Forest. They allow primitive camping on most forest roads and there are some very nice campsites along mountain streams. You may also camp near Kinzua Reservoir in the middle of the ANF, but that has to be in structured pay sites along the lake. I'm wintering in SC now, but I can get you coordinates for some of the better sites.

There are also virtually hundreds of miles of gravel forest roads open to vehicles. There are gated roads too, but those are almost all deadends and are only open from Sept. 15th thru Jan 15th. while the through roads and connectors are open all year.

Contacting the ANF offices in Warren, Mashburg or Marienville will get you a large forest road map.

Let me know if you decide on the ANF and I'll fill you in some more.

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Old 02-27-2015, 05:58 AM   #10
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Should get some suggestions if you post in the Northeast Regional forum too.
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Old 02-27-2015, 01:38 PM   #11
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Don't forget the BESF

Check out the Bald Eagle state forest. It's in the middle of the state with a lot of exploring, nice little towns, and state parks to camp. You could put a couple of these suggestions together and start in the Michaux state forest and hit the Bald Eagle SF and then end up at the PA grand canyon. All offer tent sites and great exploring. The Allegheny NF offers over 100 miles of OHV trails. The expert (dirt bike) trails are pretty rocky but the intermediate and easy trails are 4wheeler paths with some play areas. It may be further west than you want to be but its a really fun area. Camping is available(both public and private) and a trail pass from the park service is required. All of this and you're never far from civilization if things go south in a hurry. Lots of options. Have a great trip!!
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Old Yesterday, 08:46 AM   #12
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Go to It lists all of the state forests, and the campgrounds associated with them. As mentioned above, Wellsboro and PA Grand Canyon is a winner. Also, check out Rickett's Glen. Central PA is rich with great roads, from Harrisburg to State College.

FWIW, I didn't like Caledonia. Nice hiking and riding, but the campground is VERY noisy at night from truck traffic on the highway. YMMV.

Also, western PA has the Youghegheny (sp?) and a state forest/camp ground, if you and your buddy wanted to take a break and go rock climbing or white water rafting.
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