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If you're searching for a family-friendly camping destination in southwestern Pennsylvania, Ryerson Station State Park is well worth a closer look. Located near Graysville, this 1,164-acre park offers something to please campers of all ages.
Excellent fishing, hiking, and winter sports opportunities can all be enjoyed here, while there's also a swimming pool when you need to cool off in the summer months. Best of all, the park's Polly Hill Campground offers a peaceful spot to enjoy some rustic camping for a few nights or more.
If you'd like to go RV camping at Ryerson Station State Park, keep reading to find out how to make the most of your visit.
With more than 1,100 acres of nature to explore, the best way to get a feel for what Ryerson Station State Park has to offer is to set out on foot and explore the park's 13-mile trail network. Trails lead through thick forests, scenic valleys, and sometimes hilly terrain. Most trails are rated easy.
The Iron Bridge Trail is easily accessible from the campground and well worth a look, while the Lazear Trail is popular with hikers who want to check out some lovely views of the park. And if you visit during the winter months, the hiking trails in Ryerson Station State Park are also open to cross-country skiing.
Keen anglers will also find plenty to keep them occupied during their stay. The North Fork of Dunkard Fork flows through the park, offering excellent fishing opportunities for anyone willing to take them. Trout and panfish can be caught here, and the state boat commission stocks the creek during springtime. Fish are stocked near the Iron Bridge and down from the old dam, so check a map to get a better idea of the best spots to cast a line.
The other main activity to be enjoyed in Ryerson Station State Park is swimming. The park features a large swimming pool which is very inviting during the summer months, and especially popular with younger campers. The pool complex is open from May to September, and is fully ADA-accessible.
Other fun activities for Ryerson Station State Park campers include hunting, picnicking, and winter sports.
If you want to camp with an RV at Ryerson Station State Park, there's a spot in the park's 46-site campground with your name on it. The Polly Hill Campground is open all year long, so search for a rental RV in Greene County and then take a look at a campground map before reserving your site.
Twenty-two sites in the camping area feature either a 30- or 50-amp electrical hookup and require you to pay an additional fee, while the remaining sites don't feature any hookups. Water and vault toilets are provided, but there are no showers, so this isn't the ideal destination for campers who prefer to have all the creature comforts close by. However, an RV dump station is available in the campground. There's also a sports playing field to help keep energetic kids entertained.
If you want to camp at Ryerson Station State Park with your dog, there are four pet-friendly sites available for an additional fee. You'll also need to make sure your pet is leashed and well-behaved, and that you clean up after them at all times.
A group tent camping area is also provided, along with two camping cottages that are available to rent all year round.
When the sun sets on your Ryerson Station State Park camping adventure, don't just head straight for home. There are myriad other wonderful destinations worth checking out nearby, so it's worth taking the time to check some (or maybe all!) of them out.
Head 18 or so miles east and you'll find yourself in Waynesburg, where you can shop for antiques in the downtown area or maybe head out on a driving tour of the nearby covered bridges.
If you head southeast to Morgantown in West Virginia, make sure you check out the beautiful Core Arboretum at West Virginia University.
And if you'd rather head for a major city, you can be in Pittsburgh in less than an hour and a half. Top attractions in the City of Bridges include the city's lush botanical gardens, the Carnegie Science Center, the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium, and a fun theme park.
Whatever type of vacation you have planned, you'll find experiences and attractions to suit. So, why not rent a camper near Ryerson Station State Park and start exploring this beautiful corner of Pennsylvania?