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Overview of Kooser State Park

Kooser State Park is situated in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, and spans 250 acres. It is part of the Laurel Highlands and is surrounded by the Forbes State Forest. The park is named after John Kooser, who once owned part of the land. It was established during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps and is known for its picturesque landscapes, including dense hemlock forest areas and the idyllic Kooser Run Creek.

Camping Options

Campground: Kooser State Park features a family campground that is typically open from the beginning of trout season in mid-April and closes in mid-December. The campground offers a variety of options:

  • Tent Sites: These are designed for tent camping, with level pads, picnic tables, and fire rings being standard amenities.
  • RV Sites: While the park can accommodate small to moderately-sized RVs, the facilities are more rustic and may not offer the full range of RV amenities like sewer hookups or electricity.

Cabins: In addition to campgrounds, Kooser State Park also offers rustic cabins available for rent. These cabins usually come equipped with basic furnishings and may include a fireplace or stove for heat.

Facilities and Amenities

  • Modern Washrooms: The park provides modern washroom facilities with flush toilets and hot showers for those camping on-site.
  • Picnic Areas: Several picnic areas are scattered throughout the park with tables and charcoal grills.
  • Playground: A playground is available for children.
  • Outdoor Recreation: The park offers opportunities for fishing, hiking, and bird watching. In the winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are also popular.


Camping Reservations:

  • Reservations are recommended, particularly during peak season, and can be made online at the Pennsylvania State Parks Reservation System or by calling the toll-free number provided by the system.
  • There might be minimum stay requirements on weekends and holidays.

Cabin Rentals:

  • Reservations for cabins are also made through the same system as camping reservations. The availability and rental details should be confirmed prior to planning your trip.

Activities and Events

The park often hosts various outdoor activities and events like:

  • Guided Nature Walks: Park staff may lead hikes and nature walks.
  • Environmental Education Programs: These programs include workshops on wildlife, local ecosystems, and conservation.

Rules and Regulations

  • Alcohol Prohibition: Alcohol is prohibited in all Pennsylvania state parks, including Kooser.
  • Fishing Regulations: Anyone fishing in Pennsylvania must abide by the state's fishing laws and be in possession of a valid Pennsylvania fishing license.
  • Pet Policy: Pets are usually allowed in designated areas, but there are restrictions, especially in the overnight facilities.
  • Firewood: To prevent the spread of invasive insects, the park advises against bringing your own firewood. Firewood can be purchased within the park or nearby.


Kooser State Park makes efforts to accommodate visitors with disabilities:

  • ADA Accessible Facilities: The park has ADA accessible camping sites, washroom facilities, and picnic areas.
  • Service Animals: Individuals with disabilities are permitted to bring their service animals to all areas of the park.

Local Attractions

Visitors to Kooser State Park can also enjoy several nearby attractions:

  • The historic Laurel Hill State Park is just a short drive away.
  • Hidden Valley and Seven Springs Mountain Resorts provide additional recreational opportunities, especially for winter sports.
  • Flight 93 National Memorial is within driving distance for those interested in historical sites.

Weather Considerations

Before heading to Kooser State Park, it's important to check the weather. Conditions can change rapidly in this mountainous area, influencing what gear you will need.

  • Spring/Summer: Wet and mild, pack rain gear.
  • Fall: Cool, foliage season, dress in layers.
  • Winter: Cold and snowy, prepare for winter activities and pack appropriate thermal gear.

Contact Information

To gain more details or clarify information about camping at Kooser State Park, you should use the Pennsylvania State Parks' official contact methods:

  • Phone: Call the park office during business hours.
  • Website: Visit the Pennsylvania State Parks' official website for updates, alerts, and additional information.

It's always a good practice to plan ahead and be familiar with all park rules, regulations, and advisories to ensure a safe and enjoyable camping experience.

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