Camping at Bear Run Nature Reserve
Welcome to Bear Run Nature Reserve. During your stay, you'll have opportunities to enjoy nature, recreation and architecture in a truly exceptional setting. The reserve protects a diversity of animals and their habitats, including black bear, fisher, bobcat and more than 50 bird species. There are also more than 500 plant species, including trees such as tuliptree, red maple, and red, white and chestnut oaks. Bear Run flows through the property, cascading below Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and emptying into the Youghiogheny River.
Campsites must be
Once a site is reserved, the confirmation email should be printed and remain in the possession of at least one member of your camping group at all times.
- Reserved campsites may be occupied starting at 12 p.m. the day of the reservation, and must be vacated by 12 p.m. the next day.
- All campsites are walk-in only. Backcountry camping is permitted at a limited number of designated campsites. The approximate distance to each is as follows:
GROUP SITE 1: 1 mile
CAMPSITE 2: 2.1 miles
CAMPSITE 3: 1.8 miles
CAMPSITE 4: 1.2 miles
CAMPSITE 5: 1 mile
- GROUP SITE 1 is the only campsite designated for large groups, and can accommodate groups of up to 30 people. All other sites should have no more than six people.
- Please practice the “Leave No Trace Seven Principles” when visiting Bear Run Nature Reserve.
(©1999 by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org)
1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
- Surface water sources are located near most campsites. Water should be treated prior to consumption.
- There are no bathroom or shower facilities available.
- Pack out all garbage and litter to prevent pollution of the stream and forest.
- Campfires are permitted only in the designated fire rings. Adhere to any restrictions or fire danger warnings issued by the PA Bureau of Forestry.
- Only dead and downed tree limbs may be used for firewood. Firewood may not be brought in or removed from the reserve.
- Maps of Bear Run Nature Reserve can be downloaded here.
- Please review the Guidelines for Public Use of WPC-owned Properties prior to visiting Bear Run Nature Reserve.
- In the event of an emergency while camping, please call 911 or contact Fallingwater Security at 724-562-2620.
Enjoy your stay!
Admission to Fallingwater and/or the grounds must be purchased separately.
We strong recommend reserving a Fallingwater tour in advance of your stay.