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Lackawanna State Park, Dalton, PA

Submitted by Denise Ackley

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Denise - I found out about this campground on the Pennsylvania State Park Web site, and I RV camped there in May 2003.

Campground Review

Lackawanna State Park is located ten miles north of Scranton, PA. It is a great park for young families. While water hook-ups are not available, electric is offered on many sites, and a RV dump station is also available. There are plenty of tent sites too! The campsites are deeply wooded (translation: cool in the summer). There are small playground areas in two of the three main camping loops. The larger jungle gym playground near the 198-acre lake there is also very nice. In the summer, boat rentals are available at the lake. The hiking trails (5 miles worth) are very doable with young children, yet interesting for adults. There is a large circular swimming pool at a very reasonable cost to campers (as of May, it was $1.00 per camper), and the food concession there makes wonderful authentic Italian food. You can get basic camping needs there, as well.

The campsites themselves are spacious and easy to set equipment on, and with PA parks not allowing alcohol, you can be sure your neighbors won't get too rowdy. There is a ranger who regularly patrols the area, which adds to your sense of security. The larger, lower loop is best for larger RV's, while the middle and upper loops are wonderful for tent and pop-up campers.

The only negatives I have are that the squirrels and raccoons are very active at this park, so do not leave any food out anywhere. Even on the table in your camper, as we discovered a tear in our camper screen as a critter helped itself to our bread! Also, while truly hot showers are available, the bathrooms get pretty full with daddy long-legs, so it kind of freaks my children out to go to the bathroom. Bring a flyswatter! But other than that, the tall trees, spacious sites, great play areas, reasonable rates, and amenities make it one we will come too often.

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