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Coronavirus Information

Learn more about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and connect with resources for Pennsylvanians.

DCNR, State Parks, and Forests Facility Closures

State Park and Forest Facilities Closed

The public can access trails, lakes, roads, and parking for passive and dispersed recreation, such as hiking; however, all facilities at state parks and forests in Pennsylvania will be closed until April 30, 2020, to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Closed facilities include:

  • Park and forest offices and visitor centers
  • Restrooms
  • Campgrounds, cabins, and all forms of overnight accommodations, including the Nature Inn
  • Public programs, events, and trainings are canceled

We encourage practicing social distancing while enjoying open spaces avoiding groups and crowds, and visitors should be respectful of our natural places and use the bathroom before they leave home.

We will be providing full refunds on all reservable facilities, such as campsites, cabins, cottages, pavilions, lodges, and the Nature Inn.

State park visitors with reservations will be contacted regarding refund procedures.

Learn more about the statewide state parks and forests facility closures.

Outdoor Recreation Guidance

The best advice to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to stay at home. Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking, or running is allowed if social distancing is maintained.

DCNR has developed the following resources for guidance when recreating outdoors during this pandemic:

DCNR Main Office Closed

In order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, DCNR’s main office in Harrisburg is closed until April 6.

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 tesheely@pa.gov.

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.”

Essential vs Non-Essential Business-Related Questions?

For questions related to the order to close all non-essential businesses, please contact the following:

State Park and Forest Events Canceled

Amid concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19, all public programs, events, and trainings in state parks and forests will be canceled from Friday, March 13, through the month of April.

This cancellation of events applies to all public educational programs, special events such as races and festivals, and teacher and other trainings.

This includes programming by Friends groups and the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation.

Learn more about the event cancellations.

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