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Camping in Pinchot State Forest

Camping Closures

Campsites closed through April 1, 2021:

  • All Moon Lake sites
  • Fireline
  • Carvolth
  • Sassafras

Although these campsites remain closed through April 1, 2021, camping applications are being accepted for dates thereafter.

Primitive Camping

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

Moon Lake Recreation Area Camping

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.

Other Designated Campsites

  • 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 additional information about the campsites and camping permit application.

The Pennsylvania State Forest Campsite GIS Map shows locations and additional details for designated campsites.