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I'm looking for a place to camp with the family out near the ANF for the end of June. We've stayed at cooks forest (a little big for our tastes) and chapman dam sp (would consider going back). I'm looking for some place a little different that we haven't been before. I like the looks of the ANF campgrounds, but as I've never stayed at one I'm wondering what they're like. We prefer a smaller campground with sites that aren't on top of one another. Showers are nice but not a necessity. As we have a 1 yo, the boat in sites are out. Also would like lots of stuff to see/do within a reasonable distance. Anyone have any recommendations?
 

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http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/clearcreek/

The problem is - YOU ARE LATE!

I would venture to say that at most places, you need to make your reservations at least one year in advance..

http://hideawaycottages.net/cottage10.html

My favorite is Lolita, way back in the woods, not a lot of people, just far enough away from town - Marionville - that you wouldn't want to just jump in the car every-time you wanted something, but close enough that if you needed something, it is only a couple of miles away!

No reservation needed, just show up and pay your money and camp. Bring a tent and a cooler full of food and a grill and stay as long as you would like.

I have even seen people that stayed for a week. Left their tents, went home and worked and came back the next weekend and no one bothered their stuff.

Some of the best trout fishing you ever saw is up around Lolita. The water is crystal clear and the swimming hole is pristine.
 

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I know that I'm a little late on reservations at the more popular parks...that's okay by me. I'd rather avoid the crowds ;-)

Thanks for the advice gentleman! I'm looking at either dew drop or loleta.
 

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Try Twin Lakes along rte 321 South of Kane. There is a small playground and beach for kids. There is a walking path around the lake and obviously fishing in the lake.
Now the campsites are rather close, but they are rarely full and it shouldn't be difficult to get alone.
Plus you are close to Kane if you'd need anything for the baby and are within driving distance of a lot of stuff.
 

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Thanks guys for all the input. If our son was older we'd definitely be boating in...but at a yr old I'm not sure I'm ready for that yet ;-)

As for the corp's campsites, I have camped at tionesta overflow and it was a great campground. That being said the corp's prohibits the carrying of firearms regardless of whether you have a LTCF. Therefore it's not even an option for me.
 

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FYI -

Checked out Beaver Meadows this past Wednesday. It has been closed for camping at least three years. Ran into a Forest Service employee there who said they aren't sure if or when it will ever open again. Was told however that the lake can still be used by non-motorized craft.
 

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Had reservations for dewdrop, but after looking at the forecast, cancelled for the weekend. Looks like a good thing that we did!
 
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