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Pennsylvania State Parks

Some state parks are experiencing overcrowding which is causing visitors to be turned away. Be prepared to find alternate locations for recreation.

If you want to explore Pennsylvania’s great outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. DCNR’s Bureau of State Parks manages 300,000 acres for these popular outdoor recreation activities and more:

Pennsylvania state parks do not charge an entrance fee.

State Park Reservations

Make online reservations or call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757), 7:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Monday to Saturday, for state park information and reservations, or email us your postal address for an information packet.

Penn’s Parks for All

A series of surveys was conducted by Penn State in 2017 and 2018 to assess the attitudes and opinions of Pennsylvania state park visitors and the public regarding key issues affecting the future of the state parks.

The results of these surveys will help inform the Penn’s Parks for All
strategic plan -- guiding DCNR’s work for the next 25 years.

Presented in the Penn’s Parks for All Preliminary Report is a summary of results from the various surveys , along with proposed recommendations to guide the management of Pennsylvania state parks for the future.

We invite all Pennsylvanians to review this report and provide comments.

2021 Pennsylvania State Parks Calendar

The 10 x 13-inch, deluxe 12-month wall calendar has a full page per month and features beautiful images from across the state. Calendar sales directly support maintenance of state parks.

Calendars are available to purchase online. Supplies are limited. The cost is $13.77 per calendar, which includes a small shipping fee, plus sales tax. Calendars will not be available for purchase at state parks. Preview the back cover of the 2021 calendar (PDF).

State Park Gift Cards

Need a unique gift for an outdoor lover? Pennsylvania state park gift cards are a flexible option. The cards can be used for:

  • Camping reservations
  • Cabin rentals
  • Picnic pavilion rentals
  • Gifts from state park gift shops

The cards cannot be used at friends group facilities or contracted concessions in state parks. Reload the card when it gets low. Minimum amount is $5. No maximum amount.

Gift cards may be purchased online, at any park office, or by calling 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757). All proceeds are used for the operation of Pennsylvania state parks.

Access for People with Disabilities

This activity or structure is ADA accessible.

DCNR permits persons with mobility disabilities to use powered mobility devices for purposes of accessing state park land. In some instances, these areas are not otherwise open for motorized access by the general public.

Visitors with mobility disabilities may request permission to use a powered mobility device on state park property and where on the property they may be permitted to use the device.

Permit application forms are available below and in state park offices. Applications may be brought to any state park office. Please see the policy below for additional information and application process.

Policy on Use of Powered Mobility Devices by Persons with Disabilities on State Park and State Forest Property (PDF)

Application for Permit to Use Mobility Device on DCNR Property (PDF)

If you need additional accommodations, please contact the state park office that you plan to visit.

Contact the Bureau of State Parks

Bureau of State Parks
P.O. Box 8551
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8551