Pennsylvania State Parks
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COVID-19 Mitigation Measures for Parks
UPDATE: December 4, 2020, Effective Sunday, December 6, 2020:
All in-person programs are canceled until further notice.
This cancelation will impact First Day Hikes. More information will be provided on First Day Hikes.
Virtual programs will be offered.
calendar of events for scheduled programs.
Effective 12:01 A.M. Friday, November 20, 2020, by order of the Governor and to help decrease the spread of COVID-19, the following changes are in effect until at least Friday, January 15, 2021:
- Visitor centers exhibit halls and interpretive areas will be closed.
Overnight Stays and Out-of-State Visitors
The Secretary of Health issued an order requiring anyone who visits from another state to 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 10 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania.
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 10 days upon return to Pennsylvania.
We require guests to cancel if they are unable to honor the order.
The order is enforceable as a disease control measure under the Disease Prevention and Control Law.
The commonwealth continues to encourage compliance, and expects that, since all people are affected by this virus, everyone will do their utmost to comply.
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