Located 150 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, Bald Eagle State Park offers as many camping options as it does potential adventures. Though there’s no entry or day-use fee (like other Pennsylvania state parks) to take advantage of the various activities, you’ll want to consider extending your outing—the overnight stay offerings range from basic to bodacious. There’s something for just about everyone, whether you’re new to camplife, or want access to modern conveniences. The park’s accommodations, though numerous and disparate, can be grouped into three broad locations: The Russell P. Letterman Campground, the Rustic Campground, and the Nature Inn.
Russell P. Letterman Campground
Named for the former state representative, the Russell P. Letterman Campground is a modern camping facility open from the second Friday in April to mid-December, with accommodations ranging from non-electric sites to cottages and yurts. Arranged in two paved road loops, all accommodations have access to shared restroom facilities with flush toilets and heated showers. Many sites are also handicap accessible.
The non-electric, electric and full-hookup sites are what you might expect at any modern campground: a space to park, a place to set up a tent or auxiliary hang-out spot, fire ring and picnic table, all within a reasonable walk from facilities. Ranging from $26-44 per night, the difference betweens these sites is water and electric connectivity, and depending upon what sort of rig/setup you have, may determine which you choose.
No tent or camper? No problem. Get into one of the campground’s three electrically lit and heated cottages to sleep soundly on a double bed surrounded by four sturdy walls. In addition, cottages also have porches, dining tables, chairs and electrical outlets all for $50 per night. One additional Deluxe Cottage is available for $87 and, in addition to the amenities of the regular cottages above, offers guests a microwave, stovetop and refrigerator.
Looking for a more novel way to stay? Check out one of the campground’s two yurts. A modern take on the circular Mongolian dwelling of old, yurts offer a large open space for up to six, and all of the amenities mentioned previously in the deluxe cottage. At $84 per night, yurts are one of the pricier overnight options in the campground, but might be worth it for the personality. More Info: elibrary.dcnr.pa.gov
Set into the hillside on the southern shore of the Foster Joseph Sayers Lake, opposite the main hub of Bald Eagle’s offerings, the Rustic Campground at Bald Eagle offers a pared-down and more, well, rustic version of its more contemporary counterpart to the north. Open from the first Friday in May to the third Friday in October, the campground offers both drive-thru and walk-in sites, each with its own picnic table and fire ring, and within close proximity to pit toilets and running water. If you’re up early and on it, snag one of the walk-in sites (RO49 is an especially well-placed site) as they get you off the road and into trees. As with all the camping at Bald Eagle State Park, day-of sites may be available, though it’s always good to reserve a spot in advance (visit pennsylvaniastateparks.reserveamerica.com). Rustic camping will set you back $20 per night, with a two-night minimum on weekends during the summer months. More Info: elibrary.dcnr.pa.gov