Hi. First, let me say I'm a big fan of REI stores, products and service. That's why I'm reaching out to you. I'm moving to Pittsburgh soon, and I'm looking for places to tent camp near the city. Any thoughts?
I just moved to Pittsburgh last year. I haven't done much camping yet, but plan on doing a trip in October. I've been looking at Ohiopyle (Kentuck Campground), which is about 1.5 hours away. Also, there's Raccoon Creek State park, which is a smaller park, but does have camping available. There's also the Allegheny National Forest, which REI just had a campout event there. I'd sign up for the local newsletter to receive updates from them.
Those are the only few places I know. Hope someone else can chime in with some tips and ideas!
@markdseghers thanks so much for reaching out! This is exactly the kind of advice we were hoping folks would reach out to us for in this new community! So, we did a little crowd-sourcing with some of our Pittsburgh employees and here are the suggestions they have:
As always, don't hesitate to call or drop in (once you've arrived) to our local Pittsburgh REI stores and chat with them in person for more ideas and suggestions!
Last thing, even though you posted this question on the 'Ask an REI Employee' board, you may get responses from other community members. Just know that employees with show up with the title of REI Employee, REI Community Moderator, or REI Community Manager.