With 282 campsites spread around the lake after which it is named, Locust Lake State Park is a popular camping spot in eastern Pennsylvania.
The 52-acre lake sits amid beautiful forest and is surrounded by two camping areas -- tent-only sites are found on the north side of the lake, while the sites on the southern shore can accommodate tents and RVs. The campsites are wooded and feature a parking pad, picnic table, and fire ring. Modern restrooms and showers are provided on both sides of the lake.
Approximately 1/4 of all sites welcome pets -- these are located on three loops throughout the campground -- so make sure you choose a dog-friendly site when reserving your spot. Please note that there's also a two-pet maximum per site, and your dog will need to be leashed whenever not confined to your tent or RV.
Pennsylvania state parks don't charge any entrance fees, but they do charge a $2 fee per night for a designated pet-friendly site. Camping costs vary depending on the type of site you select. The campground is clean and well-kept, but it's also quite a popular spot and fills up during peak periods. If your dog isn't all that comfortable with crowds, this may not be the park for you.
However, there are plenty of great recreational activities on offer here. The lake is a popular fishing spot and is stocked with brook and brown trout several times a year, while those keen to go for a paddle can rent canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, pedal boats, and rowboats during summer. There's also a small sand beach open to swimmers from late May to mid-September.
Campers can also set out to explore 6.75 miles of hiking trails. At four miles, the Oak Loop Trail is the longest of the bunch and takes you deep into a mature deciduous forest. From hawks and turkeys to chipmunks and deer, there's a wide variety of wildlife you might come across while out hiking.
But perhaps the best way to enjoy this park is to just spread out in the sun in one of the open, grassy areas near the lake. With your dog by your side, it's a paw-some way to spend the day.