By: Emily Whalen
Warmer weather is right around the corner, and that means camping season is almost here! Immerse yourself in the stunning outdoor beauty of the Pocono Mountains for a relaxing and rejuvenating escape.
Poconos camping season typically runs from late April to mid-October, and with dozens of locations throughout the region, we’ve got a style for everyone. Most of our campgrounds are family-owned and spread out across acres of wooded property, providing scenic backdrops and a wide range of bivouacking possibilities.
Whether you’d like to disconnect from the modern world entirely or know you’ll want to check the ‘likes’ on your campfire pic right away, you’ll find campgrounds with just the amenities you’re looking for in the Pocono Mountains. From tranquil tent sites to cozy cabins, read on for a breakdown of options for your next camping trip.
- Tent Sites
- RV Campsites
- Cottages & Cabins
- Summer Camps
Pitching a tent in your backyard is fun, but why not enjoy a change of scenery? Most campsites in the Poconos are furnished with everything you need: a fire ring, picnic table, water and electric, with technology and restrooms providing hot showers available upon request. Want a site with a view? River Beach Campsites offers riverfront camping sites along the beautiful Delaware River.
Looking for something a little more off the grid? Campgrounds like Jim Thorpe Camping Resort offer bare bone sites for a true “roughing it” wilderness experience.
“Ruff” it with your pooch! Don Laine Campground and Foxwood Campground welcome pets and offer dog parks and trails on-site. Check out our other pet-friendly accommodations to include your four-legged best friend in your vacation fun!
Daily, seasonal, long term and year-round RV sites are available at many area campgrounds. Otter Lake Camp Resort and Mountain Vista Campground have full hook-ups, 50 amp electric plus free TV and WiFi. Pull thru campsites and back in sites vary by location.
Forgot to stock up your RV cupboards? Most campgrounds have stores for the convenience of tent and RV camping guests alike, offering ice, campfire supplies and snacks, just to name a few items. On-site activities vary by location but include kid-friendly happenings, game rooms, entertainment and water recreation. Relax by the pool, play a round of mini-golf or join a game of beach volleyball. The choice is yours!
Cottages & Cabins
Cottages and cabins are fully equipped for a home away from home escape. Kitchens, fireplaces and BBQ grills are just a few of the conveniences you’ll find, and it wouldn’t be like home without cable and internet, would it? Extend your camping getaway into a staycation and work from home in a cozy cottage rental.
Experience privacy and comfort from either wooded or waterfront sites. Enjoy lakefront views from a rocking chair on your private porch, along with the same amenities and activities you would have access to at a campground. Retreats like Sylvania Tree Farm & Country Lodging offer plenty of opportunites for outdoor adventure and water recreation.
Campgrounds like Hemlock Campground and Cottages and Keen Lake Camping & Cottage Resort offer the best of all worlds, with tent and RV sites as well as cottages.
Both children and adults can find a variety of exciting programs at Poconos summer camps. Whether you’re looking for a sleep-away camp for the season or planning to host a family reunion, the region’s spacious camps offer something for everyone.
Looking for sports camp training for the kids? Blue Mountain Adventure Camp and International Sports Training Camp offer programs for a range of ages. Spruce Lake hosts Christian camps for children throughout the summer while Trout Lake accommodates any large group up to 275 people.
Spring kicks off the busy season, and we recommend booking sooner than rather later. The earlier you make your camp reservations, the more availability you’ll find!
Ever heard of glamping? You never knew camping could be this glamorous and luxurious! Glamping provides guests staying outdoors with many of the amenities they’d find at indoor accommodations, not to mention an aesthetic backdrop for photos.
A glamping stay at the Campsites at Blue Mountain Resort begins with an ATV ride shuttle whisking guests to private sites with stunning views. Here you can reconnect with the outdoors by exploring hiking trails, fishing at the nearby pond or simply relaxing at your secluded camp site.
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort offers two types of glammed-up camping experiences: island glamping and riverside glamping. Access Shawnee’s private island by a 20-minute canoe ride for island glamping, or walk to a semi-secluded area of their property for riverside glamping. Nearby showers and restrooms, WiFi and electricity are included with your stay.
Whether you’ve been dreaming of snuggling into a sleeping bag under the stars or planning a weekend cottage getaway filled with creature comforts as well as rustic charm, the Pocono Mountains has a camping option that’s perfect for you and your family! Be sure to check out our campgrounds, cottages and summer camps pages for more details, and don’t forget to explore our pet-friendly accommodations as well. Take a look at events and things to do in the area and plan an itinerary full of outdoor adventure for a camping vacation you won’t forget.
(Pocono Mountains Blog)
Emily Whalen is the Communications Manager for the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. A small town coffee shop connoisseur and lifelong lover of the mountains, she is excited to share tips to help visitors make the most of their stay in the Poconos. Sign up to receive the monthly Pocono Mountains Newsletter.