Tent Camping Sites

Refreshing Mountain offers a unique venue for tenting for groups of 9 or more in Lancaster County, PA.

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 other large groups looking to get away into the woods and enjoy nature.

Tent sites are rented in clusters to fit your group size. Our clusters of tent 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 approximately 40 people (in 10-12 tents).

  • Tentsites 11-12
  • Tentsites 8-10
  • Tentsite 7
  • Pond

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Tent Sites

We provide the natural environment and you bring the tent and marshmallows! Our primitive camping in Lancaster, PA is for larger groups of 9+.


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, pond, basketball courts, and much more!

Tenting groups may also be interested in our many adventure recreation options, like ziplines, team-building activities, elevated obstacle courses, climbing tower, Escape Room, archery, paintball target shooting, giant swing, farm area and wildlife center, 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, 1.75 hours north of Baltimore, .5 hours north of Lancaster, .75 hours east of Hershey, 1.25 hours from Allentown, and .75 hours southwest of Reading, PA.

Climbing Tower Outdoor Activity
Climbing Tower
Tent Camping Site
Tent sites 8-9

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2022 RATES
(Rates are per 2 night)
GUESTS Off-Peak Season + Peak-Season ++
9-15 Persons $20 pp/
2 nights
$27 pp/
2 nights
16-40 Persons $18 pp/
2 nights
$25.00 pp/
2 nights
+ “Off Peak Season” is Spring/Fall
++ “Peak-Season” is Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend, includes pool use (See Pool Calendar).

We have two large group sites- Group Site B and Group Site C. Group Site B and Group Site C can accommodate 20 max each. If your group is larger than these individual group sites, please call our guest services at 717-738-1490 as your group will need both site groupings. Max group size tenting is approx. 40 people (in 10-12, 2-person tents).

SITES Minimum

# of Guests


# of Guests

Group Site B 9 20
Group Site C 9 20
– Two Night Minimum for all Group Sites
– Day Guests- $10/guest

– Animals- Service animals permitted. Please call office prior to booking.

– Groups of 21 or more should call Refreshing Mountain for availability.



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Camping Tent Sites in Lancaster County, PA
Tent sites 11-12


    1. In general, Group Sites include a picnic table, fire ring, and parking for 1-2 vehicles. During the summer, a site rental also includes use of the community pool (click for hours of operation).
    2. Minimum of a 2-night stays.
    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 smoking. Refreshing Mountain is a “smoke free campus.” Should you need to smoke you can do so in your vehicle.
      3. No foul language.
      4. Please dress modestly. See our Pool Guidelines (PDF) for details on the 1 piece or tankini swim suit (no midriff showing) required for ladies/girls, and board short style swim suit for men/boys.
  1. Illegal fireworks are prohibited.
  2. As part of our Family Friendly Conduct Policies, Refreshing Mountain requests that any co-ed tenting groups have separate tents per gender, unless it is a group of married patrons and/or families.
  3. Bringing pets is discouraged. If you do choose to bring them, there will be a $7 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. To book a Group Site with a pet, please call our office and we will assist you.


Bringing pets are 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 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 Group 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, 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. To maintain our family-friendly atmosphere we keep to the following:

  • No alcohol. Violators of this policy will be asked to leave without refund.
  • No smoking. We have a “smoke free campus”. Should you need to smoke you can do so in your vehicle.
  • No foul language.
  • Dress modestly. For the pool’s dress code, see our Pool Guidelines (PDF) for details on the 1 piece swim suit or tankini (no midriff showing) requirements for ladies/girls, and board short style swimsuits for men/boys.
  • See additional guidelines higher up on this page.

No. We provide firewood at $5 per bundle. Purchases can be made in the office. Generally, 2 bundles will provide enough wood for 3 fires.

Why? State law prohibits the transport of firewood from other counties. We seek to protect our forested area and work with DCNR to prevent the spread of the Ash borer and other devastating invasive species. Thank you for playing a vital role in forest conservancy in Pennsylvania.

Cafe 3:19 is next to the pool. The cafe has souvenirs, candy, ice cream, coffee, sodas, paninis, 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 cafe. In general, the cafe 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.

If you have an RV or trailer, we recommend our neighbors at Starlite Campground. Our sites are best suited for tenting, however we may be able to accommodate small pop-ups.

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.