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Camping in Elk State Forest

Motorized (including equestrian) and group camping are available at managed sites in Elk State Forest.

Hicks Run Camping Area

The Hicks Run Camping Area is located along West Branch Hicks Run (about 2.2 miles northwest of Route 555). This facility offers 15 RV and tent designated sites (four non-electric tent and 11 non-electric motorized) through a first-come permitting system.

Dark Hollow and Gaswell Equestrian Camping Areas

Dark Hollow (10 non-electric motorized sites) and Gaswell (five non-electric motorized sites) equestrian camping areas are located along Bell Draft Road about 5.25 miles from Benezette. 

These camping areas offer equestrian users a total of 15 designated sites through a first-come permitting system. Self-contained portable toilets are required at these areas.

Campsite Availability and Permits

The Camping in Elk State Forest brochure (PDF) has information on the campsites available. The PA State Forest Campsite Map shows locations and additional details for designated campsites.

For information about campsite availability in Elk State Forest and to request a permit, please contact the district office at ​814-486-3353.