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Anyone have any suggestions for camping within 8 hours of Northeast PA?
July 13, 2012 8:56 PM   Subscribe

Anyone have any suggestions for camping within 8 hours of Northeast PA?

I am planning a camping trip for about 7 to 8 people and I am looking for suggestions. I would like a place that has some good mountain hiking and some good fishing spots as well. We will be leaving from Northeast PA.

I think it would be fun to get out of the state. I was thinking about heading north rather than south.

I am hoping it would be 8 hours away or less. I am planning on going for 3 nights and 4 days.
posted by Dick Laurent is Dead to Travel & Transportation (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Does everyone have a passport?
posted by SMPA at 9:24 PM on July 13, 2012


There is great camping in the Poconos, but if you really prefer to leave the state, the Franconia Notch area of New Hampshire is beautiful for hiking. Not sure about fishing there.
posted by malhouse at 10:59 PM on July 13, 2012


Assateague Island. Wild horses, beach bonfires, and OC, MA only ~30 mins away.
posted by two lights above the sea at 11:16 PM on July 13, 2012


I'm especially fond of the Adirondack Park in Upstate New York. I have hiked up Blue Mountain before; wikipedia lists the trail length as 4 miles with 1559 feet of elevation. I also rode to the top of Whiteface mountain, and the view from the top is impressive.

An area that is great for boating and (according to wikipedia) fishing is the Fulton Chain Lakes.

The Enchanted Forest Water Safari amusement park is also in the region.
posted by germdisco at 11:54 PM on July 13, 2012


I'd suggest the Hocking Hills of Ohio, according to Google Maps it's about an 8-hour drive from Scranton, but west, not north.

There's lots of camping, hiking, canoeing, a zipline tree canopy trail and some quirky Americana (The Museum of Pencil Sharpeners and the Logan Round House)
posted by essexjan at 1:06 AM on July 14, 2012


Another possibility is the Catskills Park. My wife and I met up at the Beaverkill campground with some friends; we were coming from Massachusetts and they were coming from central New Jersey. Good fishing, and while the mountains aren't as rugged as in the Adirondacks or the White Mountains, you can get some good hiking in.
posted by brianogilvie at 3:34 AM on July 14, 2012


Seconding the Adirondacks.
posted by Buffaload at 5:01 AM on July 14, 2012


Check out the state parks and national rec areas of New Hampshire, in the White MOuntains.
posted by Miko at 6:30 AM on July 14, 2012


Cranberry Lake in the Adirondacks. Last time I was there was about 8 years ago. Great camping facilities, lakes all around (we fished and caught good sized Pike) and there are trailheads for multiple hikes.
posted by effigy at 7:29 AM on July 14, 2012


A second here for the White Mountains in NH. There are hiking trails for all levels of difficulty, swimming in some fantastic areas along the Kangamangus Highway ( a beautiful drive), lots of little b&bs and interesting shops. Dont know about fishing but there are lots of little lakes so I'm guessing that's possible. There are lots camping facilities.
posted by bluesky43 at 9:51 AM on July 14, 2012


Raquette Lake near Blue Mountain for fishing and BML for hiking.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 10:02 PM on July 14, 2012


The Adirondacks sound good and they are only 4 or 5 hours away. Does anyone know of any good campsites there?
posted by Dick Laurent is Dead at 8:03 AM on July 15, 2012


On Raquette Lake:

Tioga Point which is accessible only by water. Great location on the lake.

Golden Beach which, as its name implies has a great beach. It is also a car camping site.

There are also camp sites randomly around the lake that have a leanto that are on a first come first serve basis. Mostly they are empty. The lake has 90+ miles of shoreline and most of it is state land although there are many private cabins and a few Great Camps. Sagamore is nearby and is a great "Great Camp" to visit. It is a museum now and the lake on which it sits is a great place to hang and fish.

Here is a link to the NYS DEC campground list.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 7:03 AM on July 16, 2012


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