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Camping in Pine Grove Furnace State Park – Complete Guide & Maps

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Camping in Pine Grove Furnace State Park is a fantastic way of spending a few days in southern Pennsylvania.  While the park isn’t large by itself, it sits in the center of the larger Michaux State Forest.  In the area, you’ll find multiple state parks and places to explore.  It’ll keep you busy for a weekend, or you can even spend the full week here!

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We put together this guide to help you find out what you need to know before you head out camping in Pine Grove Furnace State Park!

PINE GROVE FURNACE STATE PARK CAMPGROUND: OVERVIEW

There is only one campground in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, which is the Charcoal Hearth Campground.  It’s moderate in size (74 sites), and while it can fill up, it usually has pretty good availability.  From here you can explore plenty of hiking and even get to a couple of swimming areas, but you likely will want to hop in the car for most of your exploring.

While the park is not always crowded, we do recommend getting reservations ahead of your visit.

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PINE GROVE FURNACE STATE PARK CAMPING SUPPLIES

Like most campgrounds, it’s best to have all of your supplies ahead of your visit.  For small items, there is a camp store located in Pine Grove Furnace right along PA Highway 233.  It’s a bit of a walk to get there from the campground, but it is nearby and convenient. 

For groceries, you’ll want to head to nearby Shippensburg, PA, which is about 30 minutes to the west or to Carlisle, PA, which is about 20 minutes to the north.  Carlisle, PA also has big box stores for any camping equipment needs that you may have.

PINE GROVE FURNACE STATE PARK CAMPING: DETAILS AND CAMPGROUND MAP

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Charcoal Hearth Campground map in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Charcoal Hearth Campground

  • Location: The Charcoal Hearth Campground is located in the heart of the park, just south of the intersection of Highway 233 and Pine Grove Road.
  • Accessible via: Car.
  • Reservations: Offered March through mid-December. Pine Grove Furnace State park Campground Reservations. The campground is open year-round, where there are first-come, first-served sites.
  • Capacity: 74 sites.
  • Electricity / Water Hookups / Dump Station: Yes / No / Yes.
  • Toilets / Showers: Flush toilets and showers.
  • Pets: Pets are allowed in the park and at the campground, but must be kept on a leash at all times. Be sure to check to see if you have a site that allows pets, as not all sites do.
  • Nearby: The campground isn’t in the middle of everything in the park, but rather in a fairly secluded area to the east. But a short drive away is Fuller Lake, which allows swimming (and they have lifeguards on duty!).  There are also two great hiking trails there, including the flat Mountain Creek Trail (4.7-miles, round trip) and the Koppenhaver Trail (1.6-miles, round trip).  For more details, check out our blog on Things to Do and Hiking in Pine Grove Furnace State Park.
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PINE GROVE FURNACE STATE PARK GROUP CAMPING

Group camping in Pine Grove Furnace State Park is fantastic!  There are six rustic areas and it can sleep up to 180 people!  To reserve a group campsite and Pine Grove Furnace, call 1-888-727-2757.

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