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DCNR Facilities – What’s Open and Closed

In keeping with current guidelines to respond to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, DCNR has implemented the following measures for its public lands and facilities:

State Parks and Forests

All DCNR lands including trails, lakes, rivers, streams, forests, roads, and parking areas are accessible statewide for recreation.

Visitor center exhibit halls and interpretive areas will be closed, and all indoor programs will be canceled. Restrooms will continue to be available.

Masks are required to be worn indoors and outdoors if you are away from your home.

Out-of-State Visitor Requirements

All out-of-state visitors to Pennsylvania state parks and forests must:

  • Have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 prior to entering the commonwealth. If someone cannot get a test or chooses not to, they must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania before visiting a state park or forest.
  • Pennsylvanians visiting other states are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to the commonwealth or to quarantine for 14 days upon return.

Out-of-state visitors cannot use state park overnight facilities to meet the 14-day quarantine requirement. Out-of-state residents visiting for the day also must comply with the above mitigation efforts. 

For the safety of visitors and staff, DCNR will be requiring guests to cancel overnight accommodations and refunds will be issued if they are unable to the honor mitigation efforts.

Visitors who don’t comply may be fined between $25 and $300.

All state park and forest visitors are asked to observe the following COVID-19 mitigation efforts:

  • Masks are required to be worn indoors and outdoors if you are away from your home
  • Overnight facilities should only be used by members living in the same household
  • People should not travel long distances for outdoor recreation; and instead look for opportunities close to home
  • Don’t hike or recreate in groups -- go with those under the same roof, and adhere to social distancing (stay 6 feet apart)
  • Carry 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 feel ill, stay home

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

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

Public Programs

All indoor programs have been canceled. All outdoor environmental education and recreation programs will be limited to 20 people, to include staff and volunteer leaders.

Masks must be work by all participants, and services will be denied if visitors cannot comply.

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.

Geological Survey Offices

The Pennsylvania Geological Survey Library in Middletown is under a limited opening to the public. Visitors to the library and core library collections will be admitted by appointment only. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Visitors must supply their own face mask and abide by all safety rules, including wearing a mask. Bringing your own hand sanitizer is recommended.

Library appointments can be scheduled online.

To schedule a core library appointment, contact John Neubaum.

The Pittsburgh office of the Geological Survey remains closed to visitors.

The majority of Survey staff remain on telework. The best way to address specific questions or requests is to contact staff through individual email or to call the main desk in Middletown at 717-702-2017 or Pittsburgh at 412-442-4235.

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.