Tent Camping Sites

Refreshing Mountain offers a unique venue for tenting for groups  9+.

Because we’re a retreat center and campground, we offer lots of activities and recreation options that you simply won’t find at a state park.

We host scouts, youth groups, and lots of others that are looking to get away to the woods and enjoy nature.

Camp sites can be rented individually or in clusters. Our clusters of camp sites can be rented at the same time, so that your whole group can stay in the same area of the campground. For group tenting, we can handle a maximum of approx. 40 people (in 10-12 tents).

  • Camping Sites in the Fall
  • Pond
  • Tent Camping Site
  • Campfire Ring

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Tent Camping Site

Tent Sites
We provide the natural environment and you bring the tent and marshmallows! This primitive camping is for larger groups of 9+, perfect for scout troops.

Should you want a more luxurious camping experience, you may also want to checkout our cabin rentals.

Things to Do Here
Tent site rentals include the use of our outdoor pool (seasonal) as well as access to our outdoor recreation areas, which include a playground, hiking trails, fishing pond, basketball and volleyball courts, and much more!

Zipline ActivitiesCampers may also be interested in our many adventure recreation options, like ziplines, team-building activities, archery, a paintball obstacle course, geocaching, climbing tower, giant swing, and more! There are various packages that can be reserved ahead of time with a tenting weekend. We also have activities geared for groups of 20 or more. Please note that these extra activities generally need to be planned/scheduled a few weeks before the date of your arrival.

Our Location
Our campground is conveniently located in the woodlands of southeastern Pennsylvania, along the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76)… about 1.5 hours west of Philadelphia and 1.75 hours north of Baltimore.

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2018 RATES
(Rates are per night)
Families * Off-Peak Season + Peak-Season ++
Tent(s) (water only) $– $–
10% discount for 6 or more sites rented by the same group (2 night min, 12 sites total)
GROUP TENTING Off-Peak Season + Peak-Season ++
1-4 Persons cost of 1 site
(no unmarried coed groups on 1 site)
5-8 Persons  

cost of 2 sites


9+ persons $– $–
10% discount for groups of 25 or more people paying the group tenting rates.
Guests * Off-Peak Season + Peak-Season ++
Day Guests $– $–
Evening Visitors
(approx. 5PM-10PM, no pool use)
$– $–
Pets No Animals Permitted
Coin-Operated Showers $.25 per 3 minutes
Firewood $5 per bundle


* “Family” is 2 married adults + dependent children.
“Guest” is anyone else (friend, cousin, Grandparent, etc).
+ “Off-Peak-Season” is Spring/Fall
++ “Peak-Season” is May 20 – September 4, 2017 Includes Pool Use (See Pool Calendar)

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  1. In general, each site includes a picnic table, fire ring, and parking for 1 vehicle. During the summer, a site rental also includes use of the community pool (click for hours of operation).
  2. Minimum of a 2-night stay over weekends.
  3. Check-in time on the arrival date is 4PM and check-out time on the departure date is 1PM.
  4. Our family-friendly atmosphere includes the following:
    1. No alcohol is permitted at Refreshing Mountain. Violators of this rule will be asked to leave without a refund.
    2. No foul language.
    3. Please dress modestly. See our Pool Guidelines (PDF) for details on the 1 piece swim suit requirements for ladies/girls, no Speedos for men/boys.
  5. Illegal fireworks are prohibited.
  6. We will not rent a single site to a coed group or an unmarried couple.
  7. Bringing pets is discouraged. If you do choose to bring them, there will be a $5 charge per animal per day. Your pet must be docile around other people and animals, must be quiet, and must be kept on a leash at all times. You must also clean up after them.


Bringing pets is discouraged. However, we do understand that there are situations where it may be necessary. Provided that your animal is docile around other people and animals, is kept quiet, and is on a leash at all times, they will be permitted on-site. You will need to clean up after them. There is a $7 charge per animal per day. It should be noted that this allowance pertains only to the campsites and tent-sites. Pets are specifically not allowed in our cabins, meeting rooms, or other buildings here at the retreat center.

Check-in time is 4:00 PM and check-out is at 1:00 PM each day. On the day of check-in, you may arrive early to swim at no additional cost. When you check in at the office, they’ll let you know if your site is available early.

Each site has a campfire ring, picnic table, and water access. During the “Peak Season”, use of the pool is included whenever it is open to the public (see the summer pool schedule). Outdoor areas like the basketball/volleyball courts, the playground, hiking trails, sports fields, and fishing pond are also accessible to camping guests. Please note that these are shared areas with our retreat and conference center, and there are times where the conference guests will have them reserved for their specific events. In general, camping guests can make use of them as well!

In general, the indoor facilities at Refreshing Mountain (i.e. the gymnasiums, conference rooms, lodging areas, and dining hall) and the pavilions are not included with campsite rentals. Groups that are tenting/camping can ask us if they would like to rent time to use a gym, pavilion, conference room, and/or add on a meal plan. Contact us if you would like more information on these options.

Yes, it is family-friendly. We’re a Christian-owned campground and retreat center.

  • No alcohol. Violators of this policy will be asked to leave without refund.
  • No smoking by the pool or any other public areas.
  • No foul language.
  • Dress modestly. For the pool’s dress code, see our Pool Guidelines (PDF) for details on the 1 piece swim suit requirements for ladies/girls, no Speedos for men/boys.
  • See additional guidelines higher up on this page.

Yes, we have firewood onsite for purchase at the camp store for $5 per bundle. Generally, 2 bundles will be enough wood for 3 fires. Guests are allowed to bring firewood with them, provided the wood is from Lancaster County. State law prohibits the transport of firewood from other counties.

We have a camp store on-site next to the pool. The store has souvenirs, candy, coffee, sodas, and other snack foods. You wont find much by way of “camping staples”, so you will do best to bring those along with you. We do sell firewood and ice at the store. In general, the camp store is open the same hours as the community pool. Click here to check the pool/store schedule.

Yes, you are welcome to fish in the pond! You will need to bring your own fishing equipment (we do not sell bait) and it is strictly “catch and release”. You’ll mostly find bluegills and sunnies, but occasionally a catfish can be caught.

Our sites are best suited for tenting, however they can accommodate small campers/pop-ups. Keep in mind that we only have 20-AMP electric service at a few sites, so you may be limited in what AC units you can run. We do NOT offer a dumping station on-site.

No, we do not offer either of those services onsite.

Yes, we have WiFi onsite. A password for the wireless internet will be provided at check in. It should be noted that some of the sites will have a wireless signal at the site, but for some the signal may be weak/non-existent. A strong, consistent signal can be obtained on the porches at the office and/or camp store. There is no charge for this service.

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