The Kinzua region in north Pennsylvania is more than just a half a million acres of
national woods. We also have state parks and a multitude of private camping and rustic
lodging opportunities. Get a free visitor's guide.
Whether you are looking for total wilderness, the hike of a lifetime, or a great outdoor
place for a family vacation, or just a place to go fly fishing, the Allegheny High Plateau
region has camping opportunities for any adventure, sometimes at any time of the year.
Many prefer winter for hiking, but the fall colors (which start at the end of October) can
be spectacular. Boaters and canoers will find a wealth of services including two
full-service marinas, canoe livery and rental services, and plenty of launches. Hiking
trails include the North Country Trail and many short paths for all abilities.
Nearby Warren, Pennsylvania (pop. 10,000) features a shopping mall with movie
theater, a WalMart shopping center, and downtown amenities including a bookstore,
coffee shop, a nationally-recognized library, two first-rate motels (Holiday Inn and
Hampton Inn), one of the state's best YMCAs, a public pool, and lots of Victorian
architecture and pre-Civil War homes. Try to get a tour of the Struthers Theatre--it's one
of the oldest Opera Houses in the country and it is completely restored. It offers top
drama, musicals, art films, and concerts year-round.
Anything you need is just 6 miles west of the Kinzua Dam in good ol' Warren, PA, the
home of the headquarters for the Allegheny National Forest. Bring your camera and
share our good nature with friends when you get home. We have life-long vacation
memories money can't buy! Explore the links below and design your own custom-made
vacation this year.
|Camping in the Allegheny National Forest region
on Kinzua Bay
Roughing It Primitive
camping is allowed
year-round throughout the
500,000 acre Allegheny
National Forest, including
Wilderness Areas, as long
as your site is away from
facilities and the water and
any road and you don't stay
in one place too long.
Allegheny National Forest
rules and regs (PDF)
Forest offers eleven
different sites, some with
showers, toilets, picnic
tables, and grills.
Campsites inside the
Allegheny National Forest
The Kinzua Dam
one of the largest in the
can give you the comforts of
home, from cabins in the
woods, to vacation retreats, or,
if you prefer you might be able
to pitch your own tent. A good
number are open year-round.
See links at bottom of page.
Seneca Nation campground
|Search site for
more local info:
Boat access only
Private, Commercial Campgrounds
Footerest Campground, Kane
Forest Lodge, Marienville
KOA Marshburg (April 15 to Dec. 1)
Highbanks Campground, Steamburg, New York
owned by the Seneca Nation, this is the only
private commercial campground on the lake.
Red Oak Campground, Scandia
Whispering Winds, OPEN ALL YEAR in Sheffield
Wesley Woods, Grand Valley
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A popular summer destination
Services & Amenities:
Boat Launch Ramp, Courtesy
Dock, Dump Station, Firewood,
Fishing, Flush Toilet, Hiking Trail,
Interpretive Trail, Parking,
Picnicking, Playground, Showers,