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Camping at Bald Eagle State Forest

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Calling is recommended for camping requests occurring between 12:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. on Fridays.

Camping permit requests submitted over the weekend or a federal holiday will not be processed until the next business day. There is no fee for a camping permit.

Primitive Camping

Backpack campers are permitted to camp in the forest without a permit if staying no more than one night in any location.

Backpack camping does not allow for access to motorized vehicles during overnight stays.

A permit is required if the backpacker desires an emergency point-of-contact or if a campfire is requested during the annual spring wildfire season.

Please see the State Forest Motorized and Primitive Camping Guidelines and Ethics Brochure (PDF) for more information.

For information about campsite availability in Bald Eagle State Forest and to request a camping permit, please contact the Bald Eagle State Forest district office at 570-922-3344.  

Motorized Camping

Bald Eagle State Forest offers 45 designated motorized campsites, defined as camping in or near the vehicle which continues to be used for storage or transportation.

These sites have a fire ring, off-road parking, and a picnic table. A camping permit is required for motorized camping.

Information on motorized camping regulations, obtaining a permit, and locations of motorized campsites can be viewed on the Bald Eagle State Forest Motorized Campsites Map (PDF).

The Pennsylvania State Forest Campsites GIS Map shows locations and additional details for designated campsites.

Larger sites suitable for horse trailers and larger campers are marked with an “X,” while smaller sites for tent camping are marked with “<>.”

Motorized campsites may be reserved up to 90 days in advance. Site check-in begins at 12:00 P.M., and the permit holder must occupy the campsite listed on the permit within 24 hours of the booked arrival date.

Check-out is no later than 12:00 P.M. on the end date.

No more than two camping permits will be issued at any one time; and no permits will be issued until those issued expire.

A permit will not be valid for more than seven consecutive nights. Any individuals or groups who have received permits which total a sum of 30 days in a calendar year will not be issued more for that calendar year.

A camping permit will not be issued to anyone under the age of 18.

For information about campsite availability in Bald Eagle State Forest and to request a camping permit, please contact the Bald Eagle State Forest district office at 570-922-3344.

Before calling, please ensure you have the following information ready:

  • Name (First and Last)
  • Address
  • City, State, Zip
  • Birthdate
  • Home Phone Number
  • Emergency Contact Name and Phone Number
  • Driver’s License Number
  • Vehicle Color
  • Vehicle License Plate  Number and State
  • Vehicle Make and Model
  • Year of Vehicle
  • Camping Type (Tenting or Camper)
  • Requested Camping Dates: ______ to _______ (Noon to Noon)
  • Campsite Requested (If unsure, please see the motorized campsite map, listing in order of preference)
  • Number of Campers in Group

Campfires

Campfires are not permitted when the fire danger is high, very high, or extreme; and from March 1 through May 25, unless authorized by the District Forester.

Additionally, if the camping date is several days away, campfire permission may not be determined until closer to the dates of the camping trip.

Group Camping

Backpacking or motorized camping groups of 10 or more people must obtain a Letter of Authorization from the District Forester.

These are processed through the forest district office and may take up to 2 - 3 weeks to obtain. Please plan accordingly.