R. B. Winter State Park Campground

Raymond B. Winter State Park

Make a reservation for Raymond B. Winter State Park.


Camping

flush toilets, warm showers, some electric hook-ups, ADA accessible

The 61-site campground accommodates tents, trailers, and motor homes, and opens the second Friday in April and closes in mid-December.

Each site differs slightly in elevation and scenery, and is equipped with:

  • Picnic table
  • Lantern holder
  • Fire ring

Most campsites have electric hook-ups.

The campground provides:


  • Showers
  • Handwashing facilities
  • Sanitary dump station
  • Drinking water
  • Playground

Pets are permitted on designated campsites for a fee.

Raymond B. Winter State Park Campground Map (PDF)

Camping Cottages

Three camping cottages in the campground open the second Friday in April and close in mid-December.

Each cottage sleeps five people and has:


  • Wooden walls and floors
  • Windows
  • Electric lights and outlets
  • Electric heat
  • Bunkbeds
  • Skylights
  • Porch
  • Picnic table and fire ring
  • Nearby shower house

Hiking at Raymond B. Winter State Park 6.3 miles of trails

The hiking trails pass through a variety of terrains with only short stretches of steep inclines. Trails within the park are marked and maintained. Many of the park’s trails connect with trails in the surrounding Bald Eagle State Forest, making Raymond B. Winter an ideal starting point for backpacking trips. Map and trail information for the park and Bald Eagle State Forest are available at the park office.

Picnicking at Raymond B. Winter State Park

About 150 picnic tables are dispersed throughout the park. Within easy access from picnic areas are:


  • Charcoal grills
  • Drinking water fountains
  • Restrooms
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Play areas
  • Other park facilities

Three separate picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved pavilions are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Swimming at Raymond B. Winter State Park

The swimming beach features 300 feet of white sand and is open from late-May to mid-September, 8:00 A.M. until sunset. The beach area includes:


  • Restrooms
  • Dressing facilities
  • Beach volleyball court
  • Children’s play area

Swim at your own risk. Please read and follow posted rules for swimming.

 

Wildlife Watching at Raymond B. Winter State Park

Butterfly and Bird Gardens

At the park office and the Halfway Run Environmental Learning Center, several flower and herb gardens attract wildlife. Native plants and garden flowers draw butterflies such as:


  • Swallowtails
  • Satyrs
  • Fritillaries
  • Painted ladies
  • Admirals
  • Tortoiseshells
  • Monarchs

Hummingbird moths and silver spotted skippers also frequent the gardens.

Birds feeding on seeds, insects, or nectar include:


  • Goldfinches
  • Chipping sparrows
  • Juncos
  • Ruby-throated hummingbirds

For more specific information about these model backyard habitat areas, a free handout is available at the park office or the learning center.

 

 


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Rapid Run Natural Area

The 39 acres surrounding the Rapid Run Nature Trail is one of the first State Park Natural Areas. Natural areas are set aside “to provide locations for scientific observation of natural systems, to protect examples of typical and unique plant and animal communities, and to protect outstanding examples of natural interest and beauty.” A discovery guide, called, “The Shrouded Forest,” describes the one-mile loop trail and suggests activities to explore the trail. The guide is available at the park office, Halfway Run Environmental Learning Center, or at the Rapid Run trailhead.

Visitors will discover:

  • Bogs
  • Vernal ponds
  • Wetlands
  • Springs
  • Seeps
  • White pine and hemlock forest

Fishing at Raymond B. Winter State Park

The park is a coldwater fishery, stocked with brown, rainbow, and brook trout.

With the exception of the swimming area, the lake and its tributary streams are open to public fishing. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocks the lake and Rapid Run regularly during the season.

 

Mountain Biking at Raymond B. Winter State Park

R. B. Winter State Park provides access to 25 off-road mountain bike trails in Bald Eagle State Forest. Riders will find more than 48 miles of trails with nearly 100 miles of connecting forestry roads. Maps are available at the park office and at the mountain bike trailhead in the main parking lot.