Hiker Guide to the Pennsylvania Outdoors

Camping

  • Cove Mountain Shelter Shelters and Tent Sites are widely used on the Appalachian Trail. For more detailed info, view a comprehensive list (including mileage) of A.T. shelters and road crossings with town access in Pennsylvania and trail-wide.
  • Natural Areas: No camping.
  • State Forests: Permit required, except primitive backpack campers not using developed facilities who do not need a permit if they stay no more than 1 night at any campsite.
  • Wild Areas: Overnight camping will be limited to the backpack primitive type.
  • State Game Lands: General rule is no camping permitted.
  • State Game Lands along the Appalachian Trail: Overnight at a distance NO more than 200 ft from the designated trail. Only one night at the same location and NOT within 500 ft of a spring, stream or public access area or road.
  • State Parks: Camping and use of overnight facilities at designated facilities requires a permit.

Fires

  • Leave No Trace "Open burning" is defined as the ignition and subsequent burning of any combustible material (garbage, leaves, grass, twigs, litter, paper, vegetative matter involved with land clearing, or any sort of debris) out-of-doors either in a burn barrel or on the ground.
  • Burn Ban Advisories
  • State Forests: No open fires, including fire rings and fireplaces, from April 1 to May 25 and October 1 to December 15. Open fires, including fire rings and fireplaces, are prohibited when the forest-fire danger is determined by the District Forester to be High, Very High or Extreme.
  • State Game Lands: Persons setting campfires on game lands must possess a valid hunting, furtaking or fishing license, or be through-hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Precautions must be taken to prevent the spread of the fire, and the fires must be attended at all times and extinguished completely before the site is vacated. Fires will not be permitted at times when the fire index rating used by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is high, very high, or extreme in that area. A person causing a wildfire, in addition to facing possible criminal penalties, is liable for damages and the cost of extinguishing the fire.