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20 Best Places to Camp Within Two Hours of Philadelphia PA




Philly is known for its cheesesteaks and the famous staircase at its Art Museum. But there’s tons of natural beauty just a short drive away. Getting over to New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware is a cinch from the centrally-located Philadelphia. 

Many natural wonders await in the state of Pennsylvania. Within two hours of Philadelphia, you can find everything from beaches and estuaries to mountainous hiking trails and lakes shrouded in mist. 

If you’re looking for a place to stay out in the backcountry while you check out the historical sites in the city or you just want to escape the urban landscape altogether, read through this guide to find the best camping options in Philly!

A horse and carriage on the street.

Amish country is a great place for camping in Pennsylvania.

1. French Creek State Park Campground

About an hour and twenty minutes northwest of Philly near a town called Elverson is French Creek State Park, home to forested walking trails, a creek that’s great for fishing, and tons of different camping options. Not only are tent camping sites available, but you can also stay in cottages, cabins, or a four-person luxury yurt.

Even if you’re just staying in a tent, you’ll still have access to showers and flush toilets. The campground is open from March until the first weekend in January. In the summertime, you can use the swimming pool and you can hunt when it’s the season. Boating, mountain biking, and fishing are also common activities here. 


  • Variety of sites available
  • Plenty of activities to do 
  • Showers & flush toilets
  • Swimming pool in summer


  • Pets restricted to certain areas

2. Mount Pocono Campground

The Pocono Mountains are filled with hiking trails and majestic vistas and there’s no better place to enjoy them than this campsite. It’s a great RV site as they have full hookups. They also have wifi, which might annoy people bringing kids along, but it can be helpful for mapping your hikes.

Campers who like to bring their pets along will enjoy the on-site dog run. Camping sites have electric and water hookups, only water, or no hookups, depending on how you prefer to camp and how much you want to pay. Guests can also use the swimming pools for a luxurious dip in season.


  • Full hookups
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pocono Mountains access
  • Wifi
  • Swimming pools


  • Potentially crowded

3. Wharton State Park Campsite

Wharton State Forest is the largest tract of land in the New Jersey State Park System and you can get there by car from Philadelphia in about forty minutes. Once there, you’ll find tons of different camping options and activities like cross-country skiing, swimming, boating, canoeing, and kayaking in the Mullica River, hunting, fishing, and hiking.

Some other unique attractions include recreated colonial villages and interactive programs. Check out the Batona trail for great hiking. The campground includes both trailer and tent sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Potable water, flush toilets, and showers are all within walking distance. 


  • Showers, flush toilets, drinking water
  • Many tent sites 
  • Tons of activities
  • Modern cabins available


  • No alcohol permitted
  • Higher fees for non-NJ residents

4. Wading Pines Camping Resort

If you want the ultimate camping experience with none of the fuss, Wading Pines is for you. There are tent sites and modern cabins with cable available for rent year-round and plenty of family-friendly entertainment options like a saltwater swimming pool, privately stocked fishing lake, train rides on the weekend, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, shuffleboard, and live entertainment.

Pull-through RV sites with full hookups are available as well. This place is a great option for people who like to enjoy the great outdoors but don’t want to rough it in a backcountry site. There are no primitive camping options here for people who do prefer to rough it, though.


  • Modern cabins
  • Family-friendly
  • Variety of entertainment
  • Full package deal
  • Kids camp free


  • Guest fee
  • No primitive sites

5. Philadelphia South/Clarksboro KOA

Most campers already know something about KOAs and what they have to offer, but this one stands out. Not only is it a very close 20-minute drive from Philly, but it also has a pavilion for picnics, a dog park, games like horseshoes and cornhole, a pool, and wifi throughout the grounds. 

There’s also a swimming pool. Showers and flush toilets are on site. For people who want to be outdoors in a bit more luxury, there are both modern cabins and glamping tents available. Trailer sites with full hookups are also available.


  • Dog park
  • Pavilion
  • Luxury options
  • Flush toilets and showers
  • Electric hookups


  • Littel privacy from other campers

6. Ridley Creek State Park

This state park takes up a massive amount of forested land in Delaware County. Restrooms and tent sites are available, as are furnished modern cabins. Hikers love the trails in this park. Equestrian enthusiasts can enjoy the 4.7-mile horseback riding trail. 

Unlike typical state parks, Ridley Creek has formal gardens and horse stables. Visitors can jog, bike, or fish here. There’s a 5-mile paved trail for people who don’t want to get too far out in the boonies. 


  • Paved trails
  • Horseback riding
  • Gardens & fishing
  • Flush toilets & tent sites


  • Day use areas close at dusk
People outdoors by a waterfall.

Rickett’s Glen State Park in Benton is filled with scenic waterfalls.

7. Goods Campground

This is the closest campground to Rickett’s Glen State Park, where hikers flock to tackle the stunning Falls Trail, a year-round loop that features tons of waterfalls and a lake. As far as the campground itself goes, each tent site has a fire ring and a picnic table. They also offer running showers, firewood for sale, and flush toilets. 

Goods is a pet-friendly and family-friendly environment. The tent sites are big enough to offer privacy from other campers. Plus, this campsite is just a bit less expensive than the going rate at one of the state parks, especially if you take one of the primitive campsites. 


  • Close to great hiking
  • Showers & toilets
  • RV sites with hookups
  • Primitive sites available


  • Few on-site entertainment options

8. Brandywine Creek Campground

An ideal place for an RV getaway, Brandywine Creek is connected to Marsh Creek State Park, which has tons of hiking and biking trails. The RV sites have full hookups and easy access to fishing in the Brandywine Creek. While the park is only open seasonally from April 1st to November 1st, it’s pet-friendly and the closest campground to Valley Forge, which doesn’t offer its own campsites. 

You’ll be close enough to shops to buy supplies and they sell firewood and ice on-site. RV enthusiasts who want to get a look at historic downtown Philly should consider this one of their best options for places to stay.


  • Best Philly RV campsite
  • Close to Valley Forge
  • Full hookups
  • Fishing
  • Ice and firewood on site 


  • Closes seasonally

9. Lake In Wood RV Resort

Lake In Wood is a slice of RV paradise with everything you need to enjoy the outdoors with all the comforts of home. They even have a small cafe where you can grab a bite to eat or a hot cup of coffee and a shop where you can pick up any items you forgot to bring with you. 

Laundry facilities are also available, so anyone on a cross-country RV tour of the United States can use this place to refresh their clothes. Dump stations, hot showers, athletic equipment, and even golf carts await you in this gem of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. 


  • Fully furnished RV camping
  • Unique entertainment options
  • Cafe and store on site 
  • Laundry facilities


  • Less privacy from other campers

10. Pequea Creek Campground

Nestled along the Pequea River on the edge of Amish Country in Lancaster County, this campground has lots of cool wildlife like deer, foxes, and groundhogs. There’s a boat ramp less than a mile from the grounds so make sure to bring your boat and kayaks if you have them. The walking trails are a nice way to digest your dinner after you use one of the site’s picnic areas. 

Firewood and ice are for sale on-site and they can even get you cable TV if you’re staying long enough. Laundry facilities cost extra but they are available. They can pump your septic tank if needed, and for additional convenience, they also accept credit cards. 


  • Laundry facilities
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Boat ramp
  • Wildlife


  • Many services cost extra

11. Lums Pond State Park Campground

Make sure you bring your kayaks and canoes to this amazing recreation area. There’s plenty of fo space in the water and some neat wildlife on display. In addition to restrooms and shower facilities, visitors can find some unique entertainment opportunities on the disc golf course and a zipline trek that allows you to see the park from the treetops.

Yurts are available for a more luxurious camping experience and there’s a playground for the kids. The hiking trails are very peaceful and the wooded landscape has a calming effect. If you don’t have your own canoes or kayaks, you can rent them here. 


  • Zipline & disc golf
  • Restrooms & showers
  • Yurts
  • Water for kayaks and canoes
  • Horseback riding


  • Higher fee for non-Delaware residents

12. Craft Haven Campground & Marina

Maryland is a great place for a camping trip if you stay at a place with as much natural beauty as this one has. There’s a beach on the river, which you might not have been expecting. This place is also a boating enthusiast’s dream. The surrounding Carpenter Point isn’t too crowded.

They keep this place very clean as well. Having a fire or a picnic is easy at the facilities and staying here promises a quiet night near the water. 


  • Clean
  • Picnic & campfire facilities
  • Great boating


  • Non-boaters have limited options

13. Frontier Campground

If you really want the full experience of New Jersey’s beaches, this is the place to stay. They have clean bathrooms, free hot showers, picnic tables, fire rings, a game room, propane, a playground, and all the sites are shaded. It’s the perfect headquarters for a family-friendly beach adventure. 

It’s a pet-friendly place as well. RV campers can take advantage of full hookups. Their in-season lasts until November 1 which is a bit later than some other locations, but even at peak season prices, this place is worthwhile.


  • Game room
  • Full hookups
  • Beaches close by 
  • Modern facilities
  • Free showers & bathrooms


  • Longer peak season
  • Popular location
Jim Thorpe.

Jim Thorpe is a popular destination for camping near Philadelphia.

14. Mill Creek Camping Area

A no-frills campground in Amish Country, Mill Creek is 10 acres of wooded area with five picnic tables and fire rings. That’s basically all you get in terms of amenities, so if you wanted to try and live off-grid a bit like they do in Amish country, try this place out. 

They do have firewood for sale and campers on a budget will enjoy the comparatively inexpensive rental fee. This primitive camping site is open from April 1 to October 31. 


  • Inexpensive
  • Picnic tables & fire rings
  • Private & secluded


  • Primitive campsite only

15. Colonial Woods Family Camping Area

Colonial Woods is a vacation destination just as much as it is a campground. They have a heated pool, mini-golf, volleyball, basketball, hayrides, a game room, tubing, and special family-friendly events for kids like arts and crafts. 

In terms of amenities, they have laundry facilities, clean restrooms, a store on-site, and RV sites with electric, cable, and water hookups. They also have a few modern cabins to rent. 


  • Clean facilities
  • Spacious sites
  • Cabin rentals
  • Tons of activities
  • Family-friendly


  • Not ideal for a private vacation

16. Susquehanna State Park

Cyclists and anglers love this park on the banks or the Susquehanna River. There are tons of trails and the fishing in the river is good for catching bass, pike, and perch year-round. The campsite has options for tent camping or modern cabins for rent. There’s even a historical district on-site for a bit of education.

You might not be wowed by the available amenities for camping, but campers who just need a place to set up their tent will enjoy the surrounding area. 


  • Fishing & biking trails
  • Modern cabins for rent
  • Historic area


  • Fewer amenities

17. Oldman’s Creek Campground

Camping in such a nice wooded area typically doesn’t mean you have hot showers and flush toilets readily available nearby, but at Oldman’s you do. This place is popular for people who rent a seasonal lot and stay for longer, sometimes even months. If you want to possibly have a chat with camping neighbors, this can be a great place for it. 

It’s also a family-friendly place with a nice little lake that’s perfect for swimming. They mark off the shallow end so kids and new swimmers can get some practice in. 


  • Swimming lake
  • Hot showers & flush toilets
  • Community feel


  • Less private

18. Lancaster/New Holland KOA

If you want to see Amish Country in Lancaster County and want a familiar-feeling space to camp, this KOA is a clean place with plenty of amenities to do so. There’s a wide-open view of the surrounding countryside from their RV sites, terraced tent sites, and modern cabin rentals. 

You’re only about an hour’s drive from Hershey, Pennsylvania, at this KOA. You have wifi, showers, and a playground for kids available. There aren’t as many events or entertainment options on the grounds of this KOA as there are at some others, but the surrounding town of Intercourse has plenty to do.


  • Showers
  • Wifi
  • Playground
  • Moder cabin rentals


  • Fewer on-site entertainment options

19. Acorn Campground

The classic family-friendly camping trip is still a reality at Acorn. They have laundry facilities, hot showers, fire rings, and picnic tables. They have hundreds of sites so it could get crowded, but there are two swimming pools to accommodate everyone. 

The RV sites have three hookups. Shade is widely available all over the grounds. The game room has wifi available for folks to get a quick social media fix. There are also on-site fishing ponds that give a great chance to get the little ones into fishing. 


  • Hot showers
  • Game room with wifi
  • Shade
  • Swimming pool
  • Laundry Facilities


  • May get crowded

20. Allaire State Park Campground

For a really historical perspective on New Jersey and the surrounding New England states, camp here where they have a full-on 19th-century ironmaking town mock-up. Kayaks and canoes are great ways to enjoy the nearby Manasquan River. 

Fire rings and picnic tables are at each tent site and they also offer modern cabins, lean-tos, group campsites, and primitive sites. Flush toilets and showers are within walking distance. 


  • Unique historical village
  • Showers and flush toilets
  • Group sites available
  • Nearby river


  • Higher cost for non-New Jersey residents

Final Verdict:

There may be flashier places to camp within two hours of Philadelphia, but Goods Campground reigns supreme nonetheless. The hiking on the Falls Trail in nearby Rickett’s Glen State Park is unmatched and there are still amenities like showers and flush toilets to make your camping trip more comfortable. 

Campers can also choose to camp how they want – RVs and primitive sites are both available. The surrounding nature is a big part of why camping in Pennsylvania is so much fun, which is why Goods Campground is the best campsite within two hours of Philly.

Bonus tip: Watch this family of campers create Philly Cheesesteaks campfire style!

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Living Life on the Edge: Embracing Adrenaline-Fueled Moments



Life is an adventure, a journey filled with countless opportunities for thrill and excitement. For some, the idea of living life on the edge, embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is an exhilarating concept that fuels their passion for adventure. This article delves into the world of adrenaline-chasing, highlighting the benefits and experiences of such a lifestyle.

Kitesurfing: Riding the waves of excitement

The first step to living on the edge is stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Kitesurfing, a water sport combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, and paragliding elements, is an excellent example of an adrenaline-fueled activity. The activity entails utilizing a sizable maneuverable kite to capture the force of the wind, enabling the rider to traverse the water on a board specifically designed for kiteboarding. There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of soaring through the air, feeling the breeze caress your cheeks, and mastering the art of maneuvering a kite. Kitesurfing is a remarkable adventure that captures the spirit of embracing excitement and pushing boundaries.

The psychological thrill

In addition to the excitement of the tangible experience, embracing a daring lifestyle offers a mental rush that is just as stimulating. Engaging in these activities provides an exhilarating experience that stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s innate pain relievers. This results in a profound sense of joy and an overwhelming feeling of invulnerability. The thrill of this frenzy can become habit-forming, compelling thrill-seekers to pursue fresh and increasingly demanding adventures consistently. 

The benefits of embracing the edge

Embracing a daring lifestyle goes beyond pursuing excitement; it presents many advantages. Participating in thrilling adventures can enhance physical well-being, as numerous pursuits demand robustness, stamina, and skill. Furthermore, they have the potential to enhance one’s emotional well-being by offering a means to alleviate tension and unease. Engaging in these activities demands concentration, which can effectively alleviate mental clutter, resulting in a serene state once the surge of excitement diminishes.

The balance of risk and reward

While living life on the edge can be exhilarating, it’s important to remember the balance of risk and reward. Adrenaline-fueled activities often involve a certain level of risk, and it’s essential to approach them with a healthy respect for safety. Proper training, equipment, and precautions can help mitigate these risks, allowing you to enjoy the thrill without unnecessary danger. 

Always research your activities and location. This understanding can help you decide if the risk is acceptable and if you have the skills and equipment. Check and maintain your gear, and never sacrifice safety. Finally, embracing adventure with a responsible and safety-conscious mentality lets you enjoy high-risk activities without risking injury.

Living life on the edge embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is a lifestyle choice that offers a unique blend of thrill, excitement, and personal growth. Whether kitesurfing across the waves, scaling a mountain, or skydiving from a plane, these activities provide an escape from the mundane, a chance to challenge oneself, and an opportunity to experience life at its most vibrant. So, step out of your comfort zone, embrace the adrenaline, and start living on the edge. After all, life is not meant to be lived in the slow lane; rather, it’s about experiencing every thrilling moment it offers.

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Renewable Energy Farms That Make Beautiful Hiking Trails



Wind farms and solar panels are not just alternative means to get our natural resources. They have now combined with another industry and are making some unexpected news. 

The tourism industry has marked renewable energy farms as hiking trails, and hikers are here for it. You can read more about renewable energy sites. Although you might not think of hiking on a wind farm as beautiful as hiking along a famous mountain trail, you might just be in for a surprise. 

Let’s discuss the benefits that renewable energy farms have as hiking trails. 

Why are Renewable Energy Farms Important? 

Renewable energy farms are important for the future of civilization. These farms provide an alternative to our natural resources, such as wind and energy. 

The most important benefit of renewable energy is that it doesn’t produce any greenhouse emissions and reduces the air pollution other traditional processes create when providing natural resources. 

These farms also allow for the creation of the country’s own resources without having to import natural resources from another country and save their limited natural resources. 

Here are some of the reasons why energy farms are important: 

  • Allows for sustainable rural development 

This will allow landowners to make an extra income by generating energy. 

  • Test new technologies 

Providing the opportunity to test technologies to find new ways to create renewable energy. 

  • Improving the effect of climate change 

Climate change has left the environment filled with toxic pollutants, which has led people to become sick and breathe in harmful air. 

Renewable energy can change this by lessening the number of pollutants that are released into the atmosphere and providing much safer, cleaner, breathable air. 

  • This leads to job creation 

Job creation within the renewable energy farms industry is plentiful as there is a need for skilled workers such as construction, maintenance and manufacturing to build the necessary infrastructure that is needed to generate these wind and solar farms. 

The Benefits of Renewable Energy Farms As Hiking Trails 

Renewable energy farms have many benefits for both the environment and people who love spending their time outdoors. 

Embracing the Use of Green Technology 

Since wind farms and solar plants are located in areas that are unpopulated, they make for great hiking trails. 

By visiting these sites, people get to experience green technology, and by integrating them into recreational spaces, people can visit these sites and embrace green technology by seeing how they work and the positive effects that it has on the environment. 

The more people embrace the shift to green technology, the easier it will be to use it. 

Energy Farms Offer A Unique Experience For Visitors 

Visiting energy farms means you will have a unique experience while there. You will get to see how these large devices work and how they replace the basic resources needed to survive. 

Tours can give visitors more information on the background of the construction of devices, their environmental impact and why it is important for us to switch to sustainable energy resources. 

Visitors Get to Enjoy Natural Beauty 

The sites for these renewable energy farms are often located in areas that are surrounded by natural beauty, such as large landscapes. 

Natural pathways can be used as hiking trails without the need for carving out new roads and damaging the ecosystem. 

Visitors can even discover native plant life and explore the natural wonders that are located at these energy farms, as they are often placed where no infrastructure has been built on the property before. 

Providing Health and Wellness Benefits 

Hiking has many health benefits, such as reducing stress, improving fitness, and helping aid mental well-being. 

Energy Farms have Community Benefits and Increase the Economy 

These hiking trails can help boost economic sales, bringing tourists to the community. This will give the local people the opportunity to expand their businesses. 

This can also help increase employment within the community as these sites will be visited frequently and lead to new business openings to cater to tourists. 


Renewable energy farms greatly benefit both the economy and the people who want to spend their time on them. These farms are especially important for transitioning from natural resources to newer energy resource power plants. 

From learning how to embrace green technology to getting health and wellness benefits to enjoying nature’s natural beauty and finding job opportunities within the market. 

Spending time on these renewable energy farms can be educational and recreational for anyone who visits them. To find more renewable energy farm hiking trails, you can visit


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Top Recommendations for RV Window Maintenance



Much like other sections of your RV, the windows sometimes need a bit of maintenance. It is essential to clean off dirt and insect smudges and also make sure they are adequately sealed to avoid leaks and water harm.

If you have a broken RV window, then you may want to consult Van Isle Glass. However, if you wish to know more about simple measures to ensure your RV windows stay spotless and secure, you are in the right spot! Continue reading below.

Polish Your Windshield Using Ultra-Fine #0000 Steel Wool

Numerous RV enthusiasts have praised the use of the finest grade of steel wool #0000 for removing stubborn bugs and water marks from their windshields. Before proceeding, first test the #0000 steel wool on a small portion of your windshield. Apply it with light, circular motions. Sweep away any remaining steel wool bits with a microfiber towel. Next, spritz the surface with a residue-free glass cleaner and wipe it down with a separate cloth.

Steel wool is also great when used with a spray lubricant for cleaning tires, maintaining grills, starting campfires, and repelling mice. A gentler alternative is cleansing dish pads. These pads are versatile, suitable for cleaning various materials such as wood, porcelain, stainless steel, chrome, painted areas, and glass.

Apply a Sealant to Avoid Leaks

Silicone sealant is effective in stopping leaks in areas like your windshield, RV windows, sunroof, and vents. It penetrates tiny gaps, creating a robust waterproof barrier. Ensure the surfaces are clean before application and do not have old caulk, dirt, oil, and other residues.

Furthermore, clear away any standing water on windows to prevent hard water stains. Make sure the inside of your windows stay dry to avoid condensation and mold build-up. If there is significant condensation on your windows, consider getting a small dehumidifier.

Use Tools to Access Difficult Regions

Using cleaners with long handles can prevent you from straining to clean those distant parts of your windshield. Windshield cleaning tools often feature a lengthy, swiveling triangular head that is ideal for getting into corners and spots difficult to access manually.

Opt for a Residue-Free Glass Cleaner

A high-quality glass cleaner will maintain the clarity of your windows and windshield. A great glass cleaner performs well on both standard and tinted windows, making sure to remove streaks or leftover residue. Another option is a natural concoction of half vinegar and half water, with a touch of lemon essential oil.

Steer Clear of Cleaning RV Windows in Bright Sunlight

A sunny afternoon may feel perfect for washing your RV windows, but the warmth can speed up the drying of the cleaner, resulting in streaks or spots. It is advisable to tackle your RV window cleaning during early morning, late evening, or when stationed in a shaded area for the best outcome.


Keeping your RV windows clean and clear is not only about aesthetics, but is also vital for safety. The subtleties in cleaning, like steering clear of the sun and using the appropriate products, play a key role. Adhering to these guidelines will help you maintain a pristine view during your various journeys.

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