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Camping in Clear Creek State Forest

A camping permit is required for overnight camping on state forest land. Certain watersheds near exceptional value or high-quality waters are posted closed to camping.

Five sites are available for motorized camping.

Primitive backpack camping is permitted along all trails except Beartown Rocks and sections of the Little Clear Creek trails. Primitive backpack campers do not need a permit if they stay no more than one night at any campsite.

For information about campsite availability in Clear Creek State Forest and to request a camping permit, please contact the Clear Creek State Forest district office at 814-226-1901. The PA State Forest Campsite Map shows locations and additional details for designated campsites.

Camping permits can be obtained in advance by calling or stopping by the district office during business hours. Special permits are needed for groups larger than 10 people or organized events. Please see the Clear Creek State Forest Camping Brochure and Map (PDF) for more information.


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.