Camping at the Pocono Mountains

Camping at the Pocono Mountains
The Pocono Mountains region, often referred to as the Poconos, consists of 2,400 square miles. It sprawls across four northeast Pennsylvania counties and can be reached from most major east coast cities in less than a day.

Campgrounds

There are 28 privately and state operated campgrounds in the Pocono Mountains area. The number of companies operating the campgrounds means there will be a wide variety of policies and fees in effect. See Resources for a list of links.

Activities

Activities available at or near campgrounds in the Pocono Mountains include horseback riding, mounting biking, hiking, bird watching, flightseeing, rafting and canoeing.

Open Season

Most Poconos campgrounds are open year-round. Those that aren't are usually open May to September or April to October.

Fees

Fees for entry to Poconos campgrounds and recreation areas vary enormously. Entry fees are typically free to $10, and camping may cost anywhere from $30 to $40 for tent or RV sites with water and electricity. Primitive sites may still cost as much as $30 per night.

Occupancy

Most fees for Poconos campgrounds are based on occupancy by two adults. Additional guests in the same campsite will usually incur additional fees.

Transportation

Six interstate highways, I-80, I-81, I-84, I-78, I-380 and I-476, offer easy access to the Pocono Mountains and its campgrounds. Greyhound and Martz Trailways offer bus service to the Pocono Mountains.

Article Written By Marie Mulrooney

Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics. She studied mathematics and contributes regularly to various online publications. Mulrooney's print publication credits include national magazines, poetry awards and long-lived columns about local outdoor adventures.

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