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Camping at Pinchot State Forest

Primitive camping is permitted along the Pinchot Trail. Please follow all state forest rules and regulations and practice Leave No Trace principles.

The Moon Lake Recreation Area is open for camping with a valid camping permit. There are a total of 12 sites on the camping loop. All sites have:

  • Fire ring
  • Picnic table
  • Tent site
  • Parking for two vehicles

Pinchot State Forest Recreation Area rules (PDF) and Pinchot State Forest camping rules (PDF) apply.

There are now 18 designated campsites located throughout Pinchot State Forest:

  • 12 sites at Moon Lake Recreation Area
  • Three sites at Manny Gordon Recreation Area
  • Three remote sites at Thornhurst Tract

For information about campsite availability in Pinchot State Forest and to request a permit, please contact the district office at 570-945-7133.

The Pinchot State Forest camping brochure (PDF) has more information about the campsites and the information needed to submit a camping permit application.