Best camp spot in Pennsylvania…Dewdrop, site #74

I spent six days road tripping across Pennsylvania (from east to west) via scenic highway 6—along the way I camped out each night in a different area. I do believe that I discovered one of the best camp spots in all of Pennsylvania at the Dewdrop campground…site #74. Campspot #74 is a walk-in site and does require a steep decent, but the views and secluded nature of this spot is well worth the effort as you’ll see in the video below.

Dewdrop campground is located on Forest Service Road 262, which is part of the Longhouse National Scenic Byway. There is a boat launch and a short interpretive trail that follow the lake’s shore at the lower end of the first campground loop. The area is located at an elbow on the west shore of Allegheny Reservoir just south of the point where the main reservoir meets Kinzua Bay.

Centrally located near several sights of interest, Dewdrop is quite a lovely campground…providing boat access, fishing opportunities and great views from many of its camp-spots.  Kinzua Beach, on the east shore of the lake just below the Morrison Bridge, is a four-mile drive north, then east on PA 59 from the campground. Here you’ll find a swimming area and plenty of spots for picnicking. Continuing another three miles will take you to a junction at Forest Service (FS) road 454. Turn right and drive back in the direction of the lake about three miles and you’ll reach Rimrock Overlook, which offers a great view of the lake toward the Dewdrop campground. Another mile along PA 59 will lead you to a parking area for the Morrison Hiking Trail. This eleven-mile loop drops all the way down to the lake and the Morrison Campground. Although the whole loop generally takes two days to complete, a shorter route of about 5.8 miles makes for a nice day trip without too much elevation gain/loss. Easily accessible from the Dewdrop campground is the Kinzua Dam, reached by heading west on PA 59; Kinzua Point, at the junction of PA 59 and FS 262 (great view); and the trail to Jakes Rocks, an overlook that also offers wonderful views of the lake and the surrounding countryside.

Dewdrop Campground Information:

Open: Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 41.83194 – Longitude: -78.95944

Fees: $17.00 or $19.00 per night – $30.00 for FHU Site

Map: Google Map

Reservations: Click here

Site info: Dewdrop has 74 family campsites, each containing a picnic table, fire ring, and tent pad. Flush toilets, pressurized water fountains, a trailer dump station, and hot water showers are also available. Concrete boat launch with parking, and an interpretive trail complete the list of facilities. Firewood may be obtained from dead and down trees.

If you’ve ever been to the Drewdrop Campground, please leave a comment below and let my readers and me know what you like best.

Mike Shubic

Mike Shubic is a seasoned road trip travel video blogger, traversing the byways of the world looking for those hidden gems of the road. From unique destinations, unexpected discoveries, creative cuisine, intriguing inns to exciting attractions…the road is his page. The experiences are his ink. And every 300 miles, a new chapter begins. Whether you live vicariously or by example, Mike will do the exploring so you can have an adventure.


  1. I totally agree with Mike that Dew Drop (and site 74) are amazing! It offers the view of the lake and the sun can be seen rising each morning as you look out from the tent. the managers are great too! Von and her team were very helpful and friendly, in fact it was Von that suggested we look at site 74 as a possibility. thank you Von!

  2. Had a terrible experience at Dewdrop. The campgrounds are really bunched together so we had neighboring kids literally riding their mountain bikes through our gear. Later on that evening at 2:00 AM a huge party of three large vehicles with boats arrived and decided to set up camp by running their cars and using their headlights. It was awful, we cancelled and left the next morning.

  3. this is the most amazing campgrounds i have ever been too brings lots of fond memories and i am so excited to go back this year. the campsite host are wonderful and the views and the area are totally awesome. the fishing is great cant wait to be back there

    1. Hey Cindy, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing. It is a great campground. Even more fun if ya have a boat. 🙂 Cheers, Mike

  4. Just wondering if you need a fishing license at dew drop campground.
    First time going (july 4 – july 8 2018 ).

  5. Thank you so much for the helpful information. i think my hubby and I will try and reserve this spot this summer.

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