Keystone State Park RV & Campground Guide

Pennsylvania

Spanning a sprawling 1,200 acres of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, Keystone State Park is the perfect place for Pittsburghers to get away from it all for a weekend (or a week, as suits your fancy). It’s open year-round and criss-crossed with trails perfect for hiking and biking in the summer and spring or snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in winter. What’s more, 78 of the park’s acres are aqueous: Keystone Lake, which offers cold- and warm-water fishing opportunities as well as beachfront, swimming, and boating.

Keystone State Park is located just an hour east of Pittsburgh, making it a great countryside spot to ditch the big-city hustle and bustle. Many of its facilities are ADA accessible, meaning every member of your camping party can participate in the fun -- and there’s a suite of conveniences and amenities ranging from flush toilets to on-site concessions.

Read on to learn everything you need to know to craft an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind Keystone State Park getaway!

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Weather
Spring 27-72 F
Summer 56-83 F
Fall 33-76 F
Winter 19-42 F
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Nearby Cities
Pittsburgh, PA
New Alexandria, PA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Keystone State Park

Whether you’re tent campin’ it or springing for the upgraded lifestyle in an RVshare rental, you’ll find plenty of on-site options available at Keystone State Park. Campsites range from modern cabins to big-rig-friendly RV sites complete with electrical hookups… but as is the case in any public park, they do tend to fill up quickly, particularly during high-traffic travel seasons.

Fortunately, there are plenty of other campgrounds in the area to choose from, just in case you don’t make your reservation in time (or if you’re looking for more of a resort-style experience). Here are a few promising campsite leads near Keystone State Park.

Miller’s Campground

Offering nightly, monthly, and seasonal rates (and located only minutes from the park entrance), Miller’s Campground is family-owned and operated, and their mission is to create a space that’s both relaxing and fun. With stunning countryside views and amenities including a playground and baseball field, we’d say they aren’t doing half bad at achieving that goal!

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: n/a
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: playground, baseball field, organized events at the on-site community pavilion

Lazy Acres Campground

Open to RV campers as well as tent-dwellers and those looking to rent cabins, Lazy Acres Campground offers full-hookup campsites as well as a wealth of on-site conveniences including a campground store, bathhouse, planned events, and more. Daily rates start at just $30, and affordable weekly, monthly, and seasonal pricing is also available.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: campground store, playground, bathhouse, planned events including bingo night

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What to Do at
Keystone State Park

Inside Keystone State Park

Whether you’re the landlubbing type or looking for some fun water-based adventures, you’ll find your fix at Keystone State Park. Here are just a few of the most common recreational activities that make the park so popular.

Hiking, biking, and running - Get your exercise and so much more when you take to the park’s well-marked network of trails, which includes several short loops (including the one that runs lakeside) that are absolutely perfect for enjoying cardio with a view.

Boating and fishing - Let’s face it: 78 acres is a lot of water. Might as well take advantage of it with some aquatic activities! Multiple boat launch locations are available in the park, as well as on-site boat rentals -- and if you’d rather stay ashore and enjoy the water from the sidelines, that’s cool too. In fact, one of the fishing areas by the spillway is ADA accessible!

Winter activities - Thanks to the vast lake, winter activities like ice fishing and ice skating are popular Keystone State Park diversions… but so are cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding.

Hunting - During established seasons, about half of Keystone Lake State Park is open to hunting activities, though hunting woodchucks (aka groundhogs) is prohibited.

Outside Keystone State Park

It would be all too easy to while away a whole weekend inside Keystone State Park. But if you’re hungry for even more fun -- or, you know, actually hungry -- you might also want to check out these local attractions.

Restaurants

Even the heartiest adventurer has to eat sometimes! Here are some good local spots to sit down and take a meal to fuel the fun.

Fox’s Pizza Den

Sometimes, there’s just nothing that will replace a good, old-fashioned pie. Luckily, Fox’s Pizza Den has you covered -- and they’re located just minutes from the park entrance. You can place an order online to pick up hot and fresh as soon as it’s ready, and along with a bevy of pre-made pizza options, you can also build your own pie or choose from salads and sandwiches.

Type: Pizza

Location: New Alexandria, Pennsylvania

Rizzo’s Malabar Inn

A self-described “spaghetti house” (sign us UP), Rizzo’s is a beloved local Italian joint with a worldly focus on flavor. Enjoy fresh and authentic cuisine onsite accompanied by noteworthy wines and decadent dessert options. These eats are so popular, they’re actually available pre-packaged at local markets!

Type: Italian

Location: Crabtree, Pennsylvania

Sightseeing

Looking for even more adventure? Set your GPS for these local gems once you’ve had your fill of Keystone State Park proper

Loyalhanna Lake National Recreation Area

Just in case you haven’t had enough lakeside views or wooded trails, there’s another sprawling natural reserve just a few minutes north of the park. This park’s lake boasts a stunning 480 acres in size… so if you’re one of those “go big or go home” people, it’s worth making a detour!

Location: New Alexandria, PA

Urban Sightseeing in Pittsburgh

It’s hard to recommend an entire city -- there’s just plain too much to see, and most RVers are after a more outdoor-focused experience, anyway. But when you’re only an hour away from one of the coolest towns in the tri-state area, we can’t help but recommend you have a look, even if it’s just for an afternoon. Highlights to consider include the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium, and the Andy Warhol Museum.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

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How to Get to
Keystone State Park

Keystone State Park is readily accessible via I-376 and U.S. Route 119. It’s an hour east of Pittsburgh and minutes south of New Alexandria, and is most easily found by typing the following address into your GPS system:

Keystone State Park

1150 Keystone Park Road

Derry, Pennsylvania 15627

Entering Keystone State Park

Unlike many state park systems, Pennsylvania has a generous no-entry-fee policy which applies to all state parks throughout the year. That said, campsite and facility use fees may apply, depending on the activities you have planned when you get there.

Whether it’s in an RVshare rental vehicle, your own rig, or even by bike or on foot, we can’t wait to hear all about the adventures you get up to inside Keystone State Park -- and beyond! For a chance to have your photos shared on our own social media channels or blog, be sure to tag us when you post those epic stories, or send the deets to us directly at [email protected]. Enjoy your trip!