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Deer Meadow Campground

Deer Meadow Campground is located in Cooksburg, Pennsylvania, which is found adjacent to Cook Forest State Park. The business is open seasonally from mid-April to mid-October, and prospective guests can choose to rent an RV space from 350 available sites. Some of these sites are capable of accommodating larger rigs. Other amenities that are found on the grounds include a laundry facility, a small camp store they have coined the name Deer Meadow Mall, two playgrounds, a game room, and a heated swimming pool. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day the campground host weekend activities along with music and dancing. The business is pet-friendly and has a dog park for pets to run freely. Deer Meadow Campground first opened in 1965 and has gone through several owners over the years. A few changes have been made, including the addition of Wi-Fi, the dog park, and other amenities that are now available for guests.


Located on 65 acres of land, one can find Deer Meadow Campground. The business offers a total of 350 RV spaces, ranging from back-ins and pull-throughs. According to the owner, 63 of these sites come with full hookups, including water, electricity, and sewage, while others only come with partial hookups. Many of the RV slots, about 195, are seasonal by design. The campground is an RV park and does not offer primitive camping. Most of the sites have grassy areas, and a few have gravel pads for parking. Every RV space has water, electric, and cable TV lines, regardless of which spot guests reserve. According to the owner, some of the more popular sites are the larger RV sites, which are capable of housing larger rigs ranging up to 80 feet long. 

There are several facilities that patrons can use while they are staying at Deer Meadow Campground. One such place that people can spend time at is the camp store that they call the Deer Meadow Mall. The mall is a store that sells a variety of items, including souvenirs, toys, candies, RV equipment, food, cooking supplies, T-shirts, sweatshirts, ice, firewood, and other camping gear. Additional amenities at the campground include a laundry facility with six washers and eight dryers and a game room with three pool tables, air hockey, Pac-Man, a pinball machine, and more. Outside, one can find a heated swimming pool that is thirty by sixty-five feet, with a depth ranging from three to five feet. Two playgrounds are available for children to use during the day. People can also find a half-court basketball area and a full-court sand volleyball court. The establishment may host minor events at their pavilion during the weekend, such as music and activities. One unique aspect of the property is that they have a dedicated dog park with separate areas for big and small dogs as well as small swimming pools for dogs to stay cool during particularly hot weather.

The location of the business is more rural, as it borders Cook Forest State Park. The state park can provide guests with the opportunity to take part in outdoor recreational activities if they would like, including hiking and horseback riding. Patrons can spend time at Clarion River and take part in tubing, kayaking, and canoeing on the river. Close to the property is a horse stable that can provide guided tours on horseback through the vicinity. Other nearby establishments are Forest Nook Restaurant and Trail’s End, two restaurants within walking distance. 


Deer Meadow Campground would like their patrons to feel “relaxed, safe, and happy,” according to the owner. In an effort to create this desired atmosphere, the business implemented a security gate to only allow those staying at the RV park to enter. The campground also encourages guests to have an enjoyable time by being available for them if they have questions. The owner does not want her visitors to feel pressured to participate in activities.

Deer Meadow Campground offers a variety of events and activities throughout the year. A few of these events take place on holidays, such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day weekends. The campground also has free "Hey Rides" every Saturday, where patrons can take a ride through the campground. Other notable events that can be held include a Hawaiian Luau, Christmas in July, hot dogs and corn roasts, Halloween in August, and an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

There are several policies that guests need to be aware of while staying at Deer Meadow Campground. Quiet time is enforced between 11:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. every day. A maximum of two pets are allowed to stay with visitors per site, and the business discourages aggressive breeds in an effort to maintain a safer environment.

Many people have made reservations and stayed at Deer Meadow Campground, and a number of them have left reviews of their experiences. One person left a review that reads, “Upgraded Wi-Fi and pool is awesome. Everyone is always friendly and helpful. The pet-friendly dog park is a bonus, and our Lucy loves it.” The establishment operates from mid-April to mid-October, with the peak season being between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The typical demographic of patrons tends to be families and couples.


Deer Meadow Campground has a history that dates back to 1965, which is when it was first established. The original owners were a family known as the Hetricks. Over the years, the campground changed hands several times with several other owners. The current owners, who are the seventh family to manage the campground, has had it for about 24 years, making them the longest-standing owners.

The current proprietor entered the lodging industry because of her “love for camping.” After retiring from her previous profession, she moved to the area and decided to purchase the campground in 2000. She mentions that her favorite aspect of the job is “interacting with people.”

Over the years, she has made numerous updates to the property. One significant change was upgrading the electrical infrastructure to accommodate the needs of modern campers, making many of the RV spaces have electrical power lines with 50 amps of power. This upgrade helps guests with larger rigs and numerous electrically powered appliances, such as microwaves, air-conditioners, and coffee pots. Another addition she made to the establishment was installing Wi-Fi throughout the campground. In the future, she would like to finalize adding 50 amps of power to the RV sites that still don’t have it and potentially add speed bumps on the roads in an effort to make them safer.

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2761 Forest Rd
Cooksburg, Pennsylvania 16217
United States



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