The city of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, is in Chester Valley, along the Brandywine River. It is considered to be a part of Pennsylvania's Amish country, even though the town itself has no Amish residents. Coatesville has a total area of only 1.9 square miles, but within that area there are three popular campgrounds. Nearby, Wagontown offers a fourth camping option for residents of Coatesville and visitors to the area.
Philadelphia West Chester KOA
The Philadelphia West Chester KOA (philadelphiakoa.com) is situated along the the Brandywine River and offers campers a more modern version of camping. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a cafe, a banquet facility and a pool. Campers have the option of pitching a tent, hooking up their RV or staying in a cabin or at the on-site lodge. There is a minimum requirement of a stay of two nights and a maximum of two weeks. Pets are welcome at campsites but must be properly leashed and maintained.
Hidden Acres (hiddenacrespa.com) began as a private family campground but opened to the public in 1962. At the time of publication, daily rates for a family of four range from $28 to $45, depending upon the amenities at the site. The campsites feature water and electricity, with bathrooms and showers within walking distance of each site. Guests will find a number of amenities on property, if simply sitting around a campfire isn't enough. There is a pool, game room, basketball and volleyball courts, playgrounds, hiking trails and a pond.
Birchview Farm Campgrounds (birchviewfarmcampground.com) offers almost 200 campsites. There are full hookups for campers and RVs, plus open and shaded campsites, restrooms and showers, a pond, rec hall, pool, hiking trails and a playground. At the time of publication, tent sites cost $34 per night, with additional fees if you are interested in having water and electric. Birchview Farm charges by the tent, so you pay per unit at your campsite for two adults and up to three children. Additional members will cost $5 per person. It is also possible to rent a cabin for $60 per night.
Hibernia County Park
Just four miles outside of Coatesville is Hibernia County Park (discoverchestercounty.com). The park features Brandywine Creek and Chambers Lake for fishing and boating, meadows and open areas for playing, picnic grounds and 1,000 acres of trails. Also situated on property is Hibernia Mansion, a historic home open for tours. Camping at Hibernia County Park is open between April 30 and Oct. 30 on Fridays and Saturdays only, except on holiday weekends, when camping may be done on Sunday, as well. Campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Six campers and two tents are allowed per site, which costs $15 per night at the time of publication.
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