Pennsylvania State Parks
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COVID-19 Mitigation Measures for Parks
All DCNR lands including trails, lakes, rivers, streams, forests, roads, and parking areas are accessible statewide for recreation. Restrooms are available.
Masks not required outdoors for vaccinated visitors.
Masks are required for unvaccinated people outdoors when in crowds; but not when recreating individually or in a household group with sustained social distancing.
State Park and Forest Programs
For outdoor programs (including amphitheaters):
- Masking not required for vaccinated visitors
- Masking required for unvaccinated visitors
For indoor programs:
- Indoor programs are held at 50 percent room occupancy
- Masking recommended but not required for vaccinated visitors
- Maksing required for unvaccinated visitors
Virtual and self-guided programs will continue to be offered at parks and forests. All available programs will be listed on DCNR’s
Calendar of Events.
Offices, Visitor Centers, Interpretive Areas, Theaters
Masking is not required for vaccinated visitors; however, required for unvaccinated visitors.
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
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.
Sold Out -- 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 sold out for 2021. 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:
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 at any park office. All proceeds are used for the operation of Pennsylvania state parks. Currently, gift cards sales have been temporarily suspended online and through the call center. We appreciate your patience and support of Pennsylvania state parks at this unprecedented time.
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