Hearts Content Recreation Area

  

This small campground is located in the heart of the Allegheny National Forest just west of the Hearts Content Scenic Area (200+ acre virgin forest). Facilities include 26 family campsites and a large group area with picnic tables, fire rings and tent pads. Two campsites have lean-to shelters and charcoal grills. Vault toilets, pressurized water, an amphitheater and playground are also available. First come, first serve campsites are available. No reservations are accepted. The Congressionally designated Hickory Creek Wilderness surrounds the campground and the Hickory Creek Trailhead and the beginning of the hiking trail is just north of the campground. Nearby loop trails (hiking and cross-country ski trails, as well as the interpretive trail through the Old-Growth forest) are centered within the Hearts Content Day Use Area located across the road (east) of the campground. View/Print Site Brochure

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Daylight hours, (Quiet hours 10:00 pm to 6:00 am)
Fees $15.00/site daily campsite/lean-to fee; $12.00/site daily campsite fee; $50.00/site daily group campsite fee
Permit Info: $15.00/site daily campsite/lean-to fee; $12.00/site daily campsite fee; $50.00/site group campsite fee
Open Season: April - October
Usage: Light
Restrictions: No winter maintenance. No winter maintenance. Permissible length of stay is fourteen (14) days. Leaving your campsite unoccupied during the first night after equipment has been set up, or leaving equipment for more than 24 hours thereafter, is prohibited. Quiet time is from 10:00 p.m. to 6 a.m. Check out time is 2:00 p.m. Camping fees must be paid by 2:00 p.m. Don't forget to put your site number and your license plate number on your fee envelope. Campsites should not be used by more than eight persons. Each campsite contains a picnic table, fire ring or grill, and accommodates a tent, and parking for two vehicles and a wheeled camping unit . Additional vehicles will be charged a $5.00/day/vehicle fee, and must park in public parking areas. Other recreation equipment associated with a campsite (boats, trailers, jet skis, motorcycles) are not charged. Park all vehicles on the campsite spur, not on the grass. Weapons, firearms, and fireworks (fireworks are illegal in Pennsylvania) must not be discharged in the area. Waste material from trailers must be deposited at a dump station. Please place trash in the provided receptacles. Campfire permits are not required for camping in undeveloped areas. We ask that all campers build a safe fireplace, keep a clean camp, and make sure fires are fully extinguished before leaving camp. Please build fires only in designated fireplaces. Dead material, on the ground, may be used for fires, but living trees, shrubs, and plants must not be cut or damaged. A burning ban may be declared at certain times of the year, depending on weather and fuel conditions. At these times, campfires will be banned on the Forest. Please check with the Allegheny National Forest about burn bans during periods of extended dry weather.It is illegal to put nails, hooks, wire, tacks, and other foreign materials in trees and facility structures. These can damage trees and structures, become safety hazards, and are unsightly. Use lantern hooks, if provided, to hang lamps and tie out pets with removable stakes. Hunting, fishing, and trapping are permitted subject to rules of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. Do not blaze, hang flagging, or apply reflective tape or tacks to mark your route. Salt blocks, bait stations, and permanent tree stands or blinds are not permitted. Do not hunt within the safety zone around the developed areas. Remember to wear bright fluorescent-colored clothing if hiking and/or camping during hunting seasons, since these areas are popular with hunters. Pets must be kept on a leash, and are not allowed on beaches or in the water. No camping is allowed in picnic areas. If latrines are needed, please keep them at least 200 feet from a water source. All water that does not come from a developed recreation area should be filtered or boiled before use. Pump water from a developed recreation area is tested regularly and is safe for drinking
Closest Towns: Tidioute, PA
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Concessionaire: Allegheny Site Management; Mike Paraska, 306 Interstate Parkway, Bradford, PA 1670

General Information

Directions: Hearts Content Campground is located 15 miles southwest of Warren, PA. From the Mohawk exit of U.S. Route 6, take Pleasant Drive (State Route 3005/337) south for 11 miles. At the hard curve, turn left onto a gravel road (State Route 3005); go south for four miles to Hearts Content. Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers constructed the campground, picnic area, and pavilion in 1936. An exhibit of a hand-hewed log is adjacent to the picnic area.

Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Each of the 26 family campsites contains a picnic table, fire ring, and tent pad. Two sites also have lean-to shelters and charcoal grills. Vault toilets and pressurized water are available. The kids will enjoy the small playground with its log cabin, sandbox, and other attractions. There's lots of open area, too. Campsites are available on a first-come, first served basis only, no reservations
Sleeping Shelter2 shelters
Fire InformationCampfires are permitted as long as fires are maintained in a fire ring and fully extinguished when leaving.
Reservation Infono reservations
No. of Sites26
No. of Accessible sitesNo
Difficulty Level: Easy

RV Camping

Each of the 26 family campsites contains a picnic table, fire ring, and tent pad. Two sites also have lean-to shelters and charcoal grills. Vault toilets and pressurized water are available. The kids will enjoy the small playground with its log cabin, sandbox, and other attractions. There's lots of open area, too. Campsites are available on a first-come, first served basis only, no reservations
Hookup - WaterNo
Fire InformationCampfires are permitted as long as fires are maintained in a fire ring and fully extinguished when leaving.
Reservation Infono reservations
No. of Sites26
No. of Accessible sitesNo
Hookups - ElectricNo
Dump StationsYes
Hookup - SewerNo
Pavement Type for Parkinghardened
Difficulty Level: Easy

Group Camping

Group site is first-come-first-serve, no reservations. Site is a large grassy field with no amenities. Associated campground has 26 family campsites that contain a picnic table, fire ring, and tent pad. Two sites also have lean-to shelters and charcoal grills. Vault toilets and pressurized water are available. The kids will enjoy the small playground with its log cabin, sandbox, and other attractions. There's lots of open area, too.
Sleeping Shelter2 lean to shelters in campground area.
Fire InformationFirewood may be obtained from dead and down trees. Do not bring firewood from home to the Allegheny National Forest. Do not unwittingly spread the emerald ash borer, sirex wood wasp, hemlock woolly adelgid or other firewood borne invasive species. Possession of firewood from outside the area of the Allegheny National Forest is prohibited. Firewood is available at or near camping facilities.
Reservation Infono reservations
Group ShelterNo
No. of SitesOne group site
Group Cooking FacilitiesNo
Hookups - ElectricNo
Difficulty Level: Easy

Hiking

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Nature Viewing

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Picnicking

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