Pennsylvania is home to several of the nation's bigger cities, but there plentiful green spaces in between as well. If you're looking for a weekend getaway from Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, you have tons of options for camping in Pennsylvania.
Most of Pennsylvania's campgrounds are tucked up and away in the Appalachian Mountains. That's a fair drive out of the city, but you'll be able to enjoy the seclusion and privacy that a mountain campground affords.
Your only visitors might be the hikers and backpackers coming down the Appalachian Trail, which runs through the western portion of the state and serves many outdoor enthusiasts each year. The trail's closeness to most of the campgrounds makes it a great place for day-hikes and out and backs up and down the trail.
The Appalachian Trail has a history running back to 1921 when Benton MacKaye, working for the United States Forest Service, proposed a series of work camps running up and down the country connected by a hiking trail. The result was the historic Appalachian Trail.
Pennsylvania campgrounds are not only for the rugged backpacker set, however. Many RV camps are mixed in with campgrounds for the hikers working their way south by foot.
RV campgrounds provide electrical and water hook ups, bathrooms, and usually showers for when camping stops feeling like a vacation. RV camping is a fun way to relax with most of the comforts of home at your fingertips, but finding a spot to park your home away from home can be more competitive than finding a place to set up your tent in the backcountry. Since campgrounds fill up in Pennsylvania on popular travel weekends, your best bet is to make a reservation and book your campsite online before you leave. You'll have a wider selection, and also the security of knowing that you have a guaranteed spot.
Pennsylvania also has many historical sites and interpretive centers that have been made into national and state parks such as Gettysburg National Cemetary, Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic site. You can find more information on those here.
Pennsylvania State Parks
Pennsylvania National Parks