The next time you go >camping in PA (Pennsylvania) there are some things you should consider. When you think of camping and the outdoors most think of Yosemite Yellowstone and large famous parks. Pennsylvania, though not on the top of the list has other attractions that you should be aware of.
Most campers go out for the campsites in the spring and summer. Pennsylvania has three state parks that are open year round. These parks include Little Pine, Promised Land, and Ole Bull. Since this location is in the upper northeast, these parks get a taste of all the different seasons.
There are numerous different activities to do in winter months then during the regular season. Campers enjoy cross country skiing, twenty three miles of snowmobile trails and ice fishing. Promised Lake is 422 acres large. During the winter this becomes a heaven for ice fishers.
The seasonal state parks have just as much to offer. The top seven state parks are Champan, Parker Dam, Gifford Pinchot, Shawnee, Pine Grove Furnace, Prince Gallitzin, and the huge Pymatuning. Each park has a different flavor. Records show that Pymatuning is one of the most visited parks in Pennsylvania. It is by far the biggest state park in Pennsylvania being 21, 122 acres. The park has one of the biggest lakes that is well over seventeen thousand acres.
There are some rules and regulations, just like at any state park for camping. The rules are mostly simple, things like no fires outside of the fire holes and grills. Meaning no open flames in a very flammable environment. You are allowed to bring pets, such as dogs, cats and small caged animals. On the state park’s land and campgrounds there will be no alcohol allowed. There are several local campsites that are not on state land that allow the possession and consumption of alcohol.
Another large attraction for campers is the elk ranges. This is state land that the elk are free to roam and graze about. An elk is much bigger then a deer. A typical male elk can reach a thousand pounds.
If hunting isn’t on the menu, but observing wildlife is you can visit an elk range. Elk are larger then deer and males can weigh up to a thousand pounds. You can drop by one of the ranges near your campsite.