Camping

For those who want to commune with nature and spend a night or two out of doors, there are plenty of camping facilities throughout the Schuylkill River Heritage Area. In this section you'll find information about where you camp, camping safety and ethics, and resources you can contact for further information.

WHERE YOU CAN CAMP

Camping in the Schuylkill River Heritage Area is generally limited to State Parks and private campgrounds. There are also approved shelters along the Appalachian Trail. Currently there are no rustic camping facilities along the Schuylkill or its tributaries. If you are planning a multi-day paddling trip along the Schuylkill, we recommend that you contact individual municipalities near your projected stopping points to determine what overnight facilities are available.

CAMPING SAFELY

Camping can be fun and refreshing, but it's important to be prepared before you begin your trip. Here are a few basic safety tips before you head out:
  • Take at least one companion with you on your trip if possible. This is especially important when camping in remote areas or along trails that are not part of a larger camping facility.
  • Be knowledgeable about reservations and permits at the sites where you plan to stay. Do not camp in undesignated areas or on private property.
  • Be sure to have all of the necessary equipment for your trip including rain gear, dry clothes, and enough food and water for the duration of your trip.
  • Have a First Aid kit with you and readily available. Be sure to check the kit before leaving to make sure it is fully stocked.
  • Check your site for hazards such as poison ivy, bees, rocks, unstable ground, glass, etc.
  • Try to arrive at your campsite before dark to allow enough time for set up.
  • Always boil water to be used for cooking or drinking or use a water purification system.
  • Keep campfires to a minimum and make sure they are completely extinguished before leaving the site.
  • Be mindful of wildlife in the area. There are bears, raccoons, and other animals in the Heritage Area that are attracted by the smell of food and garbage.
  • Check yourself for deer and dog ticks frequently throughout your trip. Ticks like to hide in warm, moist parts of the body and may be difficult to locate.

What Kind of Equipment will you need?

There are facilities for all types of camping throughout the heritage Area. The kind of equipment you'll need will depend upon the type of camping you intend to do, the location you choose, and the facilities provide at each location. It is recommended that you talk to an outfitter or camping supply store for questions about specific equipment needs.

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WHO ELSE LIKES TO CAMP?

There are several clubs and organizations in the Heritage Area that organize camping trips and sponsor special events for campers in the region.

LINKS

Leave No Trace
PA State Parks

LEAVE NO TRACE

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area asks that all campers, hikers, and recreationalists, help to preserve and improve the region's outdoor resources for the future by leaving no trace at the end of their trip. Leave No Trace camping means that you leave your campsite cleaner than when you found it and have taken all equipment and trash with you. The Leave No Trace Code of Ethics has seven basic principles for enjoying the outdoors responsibly:
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect wildlife
  • Be considerate of others