mac5155 wrote:Campground camping isnt camping IMO but to each his own. I like Crooked Creek Lake as well.
I'm just looking for a place where we could set up a tent, a fire and make some mountain pies and hike a little and drink some brews and fall asleep.
Right next to Moraine State Park. Their primitive sites are really nice, and are no where near the seasonal campers / trailers. Their walk in sites are even more secluded if you dont mind carrying everything a few hundred yards. This is my favorite public place to camp because their primitive sites actually feel primitive, not like a state park where it is site on top of site.
If you want to hike, you could go to Moraine or even take the 10 minute drive to McConnell's Mills.
Other things I like about this place is that while it has the primitive sites to my liking, it also has showers, a general store with EVERYTHING, stuff for the kids to do (pool / playground), and an off leash area for the dog. You could go up there with an empty car and get everything you need for a weekend in their store. One time we were there, my dog ate a smore before we went to bed, was running around crazy in the tent, and put a hole in our air mattress. We didnt know it when we went to bed, but found out when we woke up on the ground. Ran down to the store and bought one the next morning.
We are actually going here this weekend. Taking our 14 month old camping for the first time. As a big time camper, I am unbelievably excited about this trip.