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Camping in Pinchot State Forest

Seasonal Campsite Closures

All designated campsites in Pinchot State Forest will be closed from November 22, 2021 through April 2, 2022.

  • Moon Lake (sites 1-12)
  • Manny Gordon (sites 1-3)
  • Fireline
  • Sassafras
  • Carvolth 

Please visit the Pennsylvania State Forest Campsite GIS Map to view campsite locations, check availability, and request a camping permit for a designated motorized campsite.

The Pinchot State Forest Camping Brochure (PDF) has additional information about the campsites and camping permit application.

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

Additions to the camping policy for Pinchot State Forest include:

  • A camping permit will not be issued fewer than three days in advance of the arrival date.
  • A camping permit will not be issued more than 30 days in advance of the arrival date.
  • A camping permit will not be issued if the applicant has camped more than 30 days in any state forest in one calendar year.

Designated Motorized Campsites

These sites require a camping permit.

Each designated motorized site provides the following:

  • Fire ring
  • Picnic table
  • Tent site
  • Parking for two vehicles or one vehicle with travel trailer

Moon Lake Recreation Area

There are 12 sites on the camping loop.

Manny Gordon Recreation Area

There are three sites at the Manny Gordon Recreation Area ideal for multiple small groups.

Remote Sites at the Thornhurst Tract

  • Carvolth
  • Sassafras
  • Fireline

Primitive Camping

Primitive camping is permitted along all trails except those within Seven Tubs, Moon Lake, and Manny Gordon Recreation Areas.

Please follow all state forest rules and regulations and practice Leave No Trace principles.

For information about recreation in Pinchot State Forest, please contact the district office at 570-945-7133.