A pet-friendly escape in the Pennsylvania wilderness, with tent-only camping and the chance to fish for native trout -- if this sounds like your idea of the perfect vacation, you'll love Reeds Gap State Park.
Encompassing 220 acres in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, this tranquil and secluded park is all about getting away from the rest of the world. Large hemlocks and impressive white pines dominate the landscape, shielding the cool waters of Honey Creek, which flows peacefully through the park. The creek is home to native and stocked trout, and is popular with anglers looking to try their luck in a quiet wilderness setting.
If fishing isn't your thing, you can explore the three miles of hiking trails that loop throughout the park's forests and along Honey Creek. For those who want to venture further afield, some of these trails even link up with trails in Bald Eagle State Forest.
In the winter months, cross-country skiers can tackle the trails, service roads, and open areas. With the right snowfall, this allows them to explore approximately five miles of ungroomed trails.
If you want to stay for a night or three, the 14-site campground is suitable for tents only. However, it's also suitable for furry friends, with pets welcome on all sites for an additional $2 fee. This campground opens the second Friday in April and closes the third Sunday in October. Daily rates for camping start at $20 per night for non-residents. Residents of Pennsylvania can enjoy a reduced rate.
Of course, if you're planning on camping with your dog in Reeds Gap State Park, make sure you follow all park rules about pets. These include sticking to designated pet-friendly areas, keeping your pooch on a leash and attended at all times, and remembering to dispose of your pet's waste whenever required.
Reeds Gap State Park is a lovely wooded park worth visiting at any time of year, but it's particularly beautiful during camping season. So prep your tent, load up your pooch, and get ready for a pawesome camping retreat!