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Camping 101 at Allegany State Park

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By Alicia Dziak

Last year, thousands of outdoor enthusiasts flocked to Allegany State Park (ASP), where visitors can take in 65,000 acres of gorgeous scenery. While many visitors head out for the day, many also stay for a weekend or week at a time.

Springtime is not too early to camp at ASP! With hundreds of cabins available for rent, most of which are winterized, you can get out and enjoy the park, even on chilly spring days.

The reservation window is nine months out, which means that you can reserve cabins and campsites now for any time through next December.

The Quaker side of the park offers numerous cabin trails, a handful of full-service cottages that include bathrooms, as well as dozens of tent and trailer sites in the Cain Hollow area behind Quaker Lake, and on the Diehl trail.

The Red House side of the park also offers many cabin trails, and one full-service cottage, along with several electric campsites in Red House Loops A-E.

Although a majority of the cabins have one room with four beds, larger cabins are available and prices per night vary, depending on what cabin you select. The price of campsites vary slightly as well, depending on whether or not they have electric, and if so, how many amps are available.

Cabins and cottages must be rented for a minimum of two nights in winter, spring and fall, and must be rented for a minimum of seven nights come peak season, late June through Labor Day weekend.

Campsites must be rented for a minimum of two nights when booking in advance. For last-minute planners who like to camp on a whim when they see the weather will be nice or their other plans are cancelled, reservations for only one night can be made within three days of a trip.

In addition to the large selection of individual cabins and sites, ASP offers two group camps, one located on each side of the park, which can only be rented for seven days. Each camp is comprised of several smaller cabins, a bathhouse, a kitchen area and mess hall, and plenty of room for campfires and outdoor activities.

All reservations can be made at www.reserveamerica.com.

Your spring and summer camping adventure awaits at ASP — don’t delay on planning your outdoor fun for the upcoming months!

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