I grabbed my two sons ages 9 and 14 plus another 14 yr old boy and made the drive from Reston VA to the campground with 10 minutes of planning/packing. Took about 6 hrs or more. Only took a tent, sleeping bags and folding chairs.
The highway divides the campground, the eastern part has all the shelters and nicer toilets. The western part is more casual and has compost toilets, no showers. We stayed at the western end, which is next to a closed grass airfield. We had that half of the campground to ourselves, and a quick tour of the eastern side in te morning had only 2 other campers in it. This is not a heavily used park, but it is one of the best!
By chance we met the ranger when we pulled in, he recommended the German restaurant in the small town of Galeton just to the north of the park, about 5 miles away. (There is nothing south of the park for 45 minutes..) However, we elected to eat fried food/burgers at the small restaurant at the corner of Rte 6/144 in Galeton. They also have a miniature golf course run by the family that built it. Kids loved it. After dinner, drove back to the campground, stopped at the store to by firewood. Store has a lot of camping gear and sweatshirts - it does get chilly there.
Back just before dark, set up the tent, made a fire. The night sky was terriffic. By luck there was no clouds, it may be worthwhile to check the weather before you go. Kids saw the Milky Way for their first and probably only time. We stopped counting shooting stars after a while - the kids were excited because they had never seen any before. They were kind of creeped out by the isolation. When you come in from the south there is nothing for miles around. Had a big fire, ran around on the abandon airfield, looked at stars, drank sodas, no camping experience could have been better. The full moon came out at 11PM, which washed out the stars, so we went to sleep. Up in the morning, must have driven an hour or more south before we found a place for breakfast.
I'd like to plan a trip during a meteor shower, but, if you are looking for a really cool thing to do with your kids, this is it. A year later the kids are asking to go back.They don't ask that about Niagra Falls.
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