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Camping at Weiser State Forest

Primitive Camping

Primitive backpack camping is permitted while hiking along state forest trails. Hikers may not stay more than one night at any campsite location unless they acquire a camping permit from the district office.

Motorized Camping

Seventeen designated roadside campsites are available on four Weiser State Forest tracts. These are permanently located sites that contain a:

  • Parking pad
  • Picnic table
  • Fire ring

Two of the sites are larger group sites to accommodate the needs of:

  • Scouts
  • Churches
  • Similar organizations

Visitors are required to obtain a free Weiser State Forest Motorized and Equine Camping Permit (PDF) to camp at these locations. 

Equine Camping

The Mud Run Equine Camping Area on the Haldeman tract offers four motorized campsites specifically to accommodate horseback riders. All sites include high lines, picnic table, and fire ring.  

The sites consist of three single sites (HE1, HE2, and HE4) and one double site (HE3), which includes two sets of high lines. 

HE1 and HE3 are pull-through sites. HE2 and HE4 are back-in sites. There is also a common gathering area that offers two picnic tables and a fire ring. 

Equine campsites do not offer water or restrooms on site, however, there is a nearby restroom at the Minnich Hit Picnic Area. 

Manure must be hauled off of state forest land. Day use parking is not permitted at these camp sites. Visitors are required to obtain a free Weiser State Forest Motorized and Equine Camping Permit (PDF) to camp at these locations. 

River Island Camping

More than 20 river island campsites are located along the 51-mile long Susquehanna River Trail between Sunbury and Harrisburg.

The sites are located on DCNR islands, and are available for overnight camping for individual and small groups floating the Susquehanna River.

Groups of 10 or less may stay no more than two nights at any one campsite. Permits are not required. The Susquehanna River Trail Association (SRTA) provides oversight and maintenance of these sites.