Raystown Lake is a large campground located in Entriken, PA. We love visiting different campgrounds, so its really a big deal when we go back to one over and over. Lake Raystown Resort is by far our favorite campground for a weekend trip. Its about a 3 hour drive for us up some mountainous roads but once you get there its heaven!
Our favorite sites are the waterfront ones on the Locust Loop…because well look at that view! There is a slope when you go down to the grassy area but the sites are huge and far apart from each other in this area. This would be a great trip for a big group as there is plenty of room to hang out. Its also near the playground and boat launch. There are some shady waterfront sites as you go towards the back of the campground, but there is more of a drop off to get to the water. With these sites you can pretty much spend the entire day right here!
Things to Do at the Resort
This resort offers kayak, stand up paddleboard and jetski rentals at the marina. We have our own stand up paddleboard and kayak now, but before we did we rented and had a great experience. There is also a marina with a restaurant and a small store for any supplies.
Floating the day a way is also the way to go! Bring rafts, tubes or whatever you have and the kids will be entertained for hours.
If you don’t have a waterfront site (which I cant recommend strongly enough!) there is a small beach area for swimming. It does not have lifeguards.
The resort itself has a small activity schedule that usually includes hayrides, candy hunts, free crafts, and dance parties. Make sure you pick up a schedule at the front desk
There are also some cool animals to see up front near the check in
There is a waterpark at this resort. Its very small, and pricey in my opinion but its an option. Sometimes near the end of the season they open the pool area and splash pad to guests for free. Otherwise, I feel there is plenty of water to go around right in front of your site!
The sunsets here are some of the best I have ever seen!
If you do decide to venture off property, there is some hiking nearby. We went to Trough Creek State Park and did the Balanced Rock trail. This is a very short (.5 mile) round trip hike, but has some options to make it a little longer. Best for those with little legs and short attention spans.
I think its easy to see why we love this campground! I would say the biggest negative for some would be the bathhouses. They are older, and offer little privacy in the showers. Once you pull that shower curtain across there is no designated area for changing unless you change in your shower stall or out in the open. This took some getting used to for the kids.
The waterfront sites do book up very fast! I would suggest booking a year in advance (or more) for the prime sites. If you are interested in booking a site, visit their webpage https://lakeraystownresort.com/
Has anyone else visited this campground? Anything you loved or didnt love? Drop a note in the comments!