DCNR is undertaking a phased reopening of Pennsylvania state park and forest facilities in keeping with Governor Wolf’s guidance and direction.
All DCNR lands including trails, lakes, rivers, streams, forests, roads, and parking areas are accessible statewide for recreation; however, the availability of facilities such as bathrooms, offices, and campgrounds varies.
DCNR Facility Reopening Map
This DCNR online map shows you what state park and forest facilities are open by county. The map will be updated when counties move from one phase to another.
Swimming Beaches and Pools
Effective Saturday, June 6, all 58 state park beaches will be open to swimming. State park pools will remain closed through at least Friday, June 12, with most in designated yellow and green counties reopening Saturday, June 13.
Facilities Closed Statewide Until Further Notice
All picnic pavilions, playgrounds, nature play areas, visitor center exhibit halls, amphitheaters, and group camping facilities statewide will remain closed indefinitely.
State Park and Forest Programs and Events
All programs, events, and large gatherings at state parks and forests in counties that are designated red are cancelled through June 15.
Based on availability, organizers will have the option to reschedule later in the year. No new reservations for these activities are being taken.
In counties designated yellow, any events with more than 25 people will be cancelled. If the event is under 25 people and outdoors it will be allowed to occur, however any indoor events will be cancelled.
COVID-19 and Outdoor Recreation Reminders
Campsites and cabins should only be used by members living in the same household as part of COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
People who live in areas still under stay-at-home orders should not travel long distances for outdoor recreation, and instead should look for opportunities close to home.
Pennsylvania has 6,000 local parks and more than 12,000 miles of trails available (check first to make sure they are open, as some local parks are closed).
Visitors can help keep state parks and forest lands safe by following these practices:
- Avoid crowded parking lots and trailheads
- Bring a bag and either carry out your trash or dispose of it properly
- Clean up after pets
- Avoid activities that put you at greater risk of injury, so you don’t require a trip to the emergency room
To help avoid exposure to COVID-19 and protect others, and still enjoy the outdoors:
Don’t hike or recreate in groups -- go with those under the same roof, and adhere to social distancing (stay 6 feet apart)
Wear a mask
Take hand sanitizer with you and use it regularly
Avoid touching your face, eyes, and nose
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow
If you are sick, stay home
DCNR has developed the following resources for guidance when recreating outdoors during this pandemic:
DCNR Central Office in Harrisburg
In order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, DCNR’s main office in Harrisburg is closed until further notice.
Most of DCNR’s central office staff is teleworking and still fulfilling the mission of the department. The best way to contact staff is through individual email or the DCNR contact us form.
Service of Legal Process
For Service of Legal Process, call the Administrative Assistant, DCNR Office of Chief Counsel, at 717-772-4171, or email email@example.com.
Right to Know Requests
As of March 16, 2020, the Rachel Carson State Office Building was closed in accordance with Governor Tom Wolf’s guidance on COVID-19 mitigation. Any requests for public records submitted to DCNR on or after Monday, March 16, 2020, will be deemed to have been received by DCNR’s open-records officer on the first day of the reopening of the Rachel Carson State Office Building.
Please note that the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records issued a statement indicating that “if an agency is closed on a given day, that day does not count toward the five business days referenced in Section 901 of the Right-to-Know Law, which governs the time period under which an agency must respond to a request.”