Covering just 78 acres, Ravensburg State Park is one of the smaller state parks in Pennsylvania. However, it's home to a 21-site campground where pets are more than welcome, and the fact that it's surrounded by the 215,000-acre Tiadaghton State Forest means that there's plenty of natural beauty to explore and enjoy.
This pint-sized park sits in a steep gorge on the side of Nippenose Mountain. A spring-fed stream known as Rauchtown Run babbles through the park, which is surrounded by a hardwood forest dotted with unique rock formations.
The campground opens the first Friday in May and closes the last Sunday in September. There are 21 tent-only sites on offer in this leafy area, all of which have their own picnic table and fire ring. Best of all, dogs are welcome on every site -- but be aware that there's a maximum of two pets allowed per site.
It's also worth taking a closer look at a map of the campground before reserving your spot. Several sites are found along Rauchtown Run and allow you to fall asleep to the soothing sound of a peaceful mountain stream, so take some time to choose your ideal spot.
As Ravensburg State Park is quite small and cozy, there's not a whole lot to see and do within its boundaries. There's approximately one mile of hiking trails to investigate. Raven Trail runs alongside the stream and offers a gentle stroll, while other trails provide access to rocky outcrops and link up with longer treks in the state forest.
Rauchtown Run is home to a large population of native brown and brook trout, making it a favorite spot for anyone looking to indulge in some fly fishing. The park also features three picnic areas, shaded picnic tables, a playground, horseshoe pits, and charcoal grills.
If you're searching for a campground with all the bells and whistles, including an extensive list of recreational activities and stunning natural landmarks, Ravensburg State Park isn't the place for you. But if you're searching for somewhere quiet and beautiful where you can get away from it all with your canine companion, this is somewhere you'll feel right at home.