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Camping at Delaware State Forest

Delaware State Forest offers a several different opportunities for motorized camping and primitive camping.

Motorized Camping is defined as overnight camping in or near the vehicle where the vehicle is to be used for storage or transportation. Primitive Camping is defined as overnight camping where all equipment is transported manually and where a motorized vehicle is not located near or part of the camping experience.

Motorized Camping

The district has 29 established sites for motorized camping where campers will find a:

  • Fire ring
  • Picnic table
  • Sign board

An approved permit (free of charge) is required for all motorized camping in Delaware State Forest. The sites vary in size; some may accommodate a vehicle and a tent while others may accommodate several vehicles or an RV.

The sites also vary in location and ease of access; many are accessible by sedan/car while others are better accessed by 4WD vehicles.

Please contact the district office at 570-895-4000 for additional details and to request a permit.

Group and Primitive Camping

Group camping (more than 10 people in a unit overnight) or primitive camping opportunities are available as well.

All group camping requires a Letter of Authorization from the District Forester, as well as a camping permit. Please contact the district office at 570-895-4000 with your group camping request at least two weeks in advance of your proposed trip.

Upper Delaware River Camping

The Delaware State Forest has one established camping area along the Upper Delaware River. Access to this parcel of Delaware State Forest is ONLY by boat.

The campsite is administered by the National Park Service and a permit is required.

Permits can be obtained by contacting the National Park Service Upper Delaware River Scenic and Recreational River at 570-685-4871, and entering extension 6608 or 6610 (there is no voice prompt to enter extension number). A permit can also be requested by fax at 570-685-4874.