Pennsylvania State Forest Cabins for Sale

PA State Forest Cabins for Sale


Located throughout the state forest system in PA (on land leased to you by the state and formally called “campsites”) are small recreational cabins that the State of Pennsylvania allows Pennsylvania residents to own. Some are quite elaborate to the point you would not recognize them as “cabins.”

State Cabin

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources – Bureau of Forestry has over 4,000 leased campsites across the state of PA. A State Forest Leased Campsite is a small parcel of state forest land of about approximately 10,000 Square feet leased to an Pennsylvania resident individual or to a group of Pennsylvania residents for them to have a cabin for recreation including camping, hunting, lake activities and most other types of outdoor activities.

The DCNR stopped leasing new campsites in 1970, but the existing leases are still allowed to be utilized by the public. If you are interested in obtaining a lease, you must find a cabin on a leased campsite that is for sale, purchase it and request that the lease be transferred to you. Rules for State Cabin leases. You must abide by the regulation for use of the land as established by the state these Guidelines are here. There is more information of the basics of owning one of these cabin lease campsite information is here .

The campsite leases are for 10 years. At the end of the 10 years the lease is up for renewal and depending on the lessees compliance with the lease agreement and the DCNR guidelines, the Department will determine whether or not the lease should be renewed.

State Forest Cabins in Winter –

Even though the cabins on a leased campsite are privately owned, the land is still public state forest land, and part of the State Forest system. The DCNR requires all lessees to maintain their campsites such that it is neat in appearance and does not drastically contrast with the surrounding State Forest land.

The buildings on a state forest leased campsite are considered as real estate for taxation purposes. Each lessee is responsible for any annual local taxes that are assessed on the structures located on a leased campsite.

The Pennsylvania State Lease campsites and cabins

on these campsites are a great way for PA residents to enjoy their state forest lands. While many of these owners have hunting or fishing as a reason to own a state cabin, there are just as many owners who purchase to hike, bike, snowmobile, kayak, canoe, use local state beaches and park facilities.


The agents at USA Realty in the Poconos are very familiar with PA State Forest Leases and can guide you expertly through the process of choosing and buying a home in the neighborhood. We’ve helped many families find just the right home at the right price. Fill out the form below and we will be back in contact with you shortly via the medium you indicate to communicate about your home needs.

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