Originally Posted by Jeepfund
Yeah, we have a dog, and NJ campgrounds aren't usually too dog friendly, which is what pushes us more towards PA.
Yea PA and Up State NY is really where its at. I grew up in Jersey and a lot of the camp grounds are very neighborhood-like, with seasonal RV and stuff. If you want an adventure you could go to the Pines. Run down RT539 til you hit RT72, make a right on to 72 and turn off on the main fire trail about a half mile down on the left. There's thousands of small trails that spider off the main trail. Its not legal to camp out there but if you go deep enough (1-2 miles) back, you'll be way out of the rangers site. We did this for years when I was a kid. With the exception of an occasional quad or dirt bike in the distance, its dead silent and there are no street lights so you can see all the stars perfectly! I got caught only once in about 10 years of camping and that was because we stupidly set up camp less than a 1/4 mile from the ranger tower off 539
I had a pop top VW with a bright white roof. and we were in the middle of a huge clearing...Duh. The ticket wasn't much more than the cost of a night in an organized camp ground though. I wouldn't advise making a camp fire though. As you probably know wild fires are a problem out there.