Statewide Park Advisories

4/6/2016 7:03:00 AM
Contrary to the information on Google, Pennsylvania state parks are open every day of the year. Day use areas close at dusk. Park offices are open specific hours. Pools, beaches, and campgrounds are open specific seasons.

Individual State Parks Updates

8/27/2016 9:42:00 AM
Due to low water levels the Instanter Boat Launch at Elk State Park will be unusable for boats that must be launched and recovered using a trailer , as of Monday August 8th. Boats that can be launched by hand will still have access to the water. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has implemented a dam safety initiative at the Clarion River East Branch Dam for precautionary measures. Questions concerning lake levels can be directed to the U.S. Army COE, East Branch Dam, at 814-965-2065. For more information you can also contact the Kinzua Bridge State Park Office at:814-778-5467 or by e-mail at kinzuabridgesp@pa.gov

2/2/2016 10:17:00 AM
As part of the full hook-up campsite rehabilitation project the following sites are closed for the 2016 camping season: Sites 288-300. These sites will be reopened for reservations once the work has been completed. Thank you for your understanding during the campground improvement project.

Beltzville 9/26/2015 8:27:00 AM
For state park family camping accommodations within 1-hour travel from the Greater Philadelphia region, please visit the French Creek State Park website for overnight facility descriptions or to make reservations.

Bendigo 8/13/2016 10:30:00 AM
The Bendigo State Park pool will be closed from Friday August 26th to Friday September 2nd due to lifeguards going back to college. The pool will be open Saturday September 3rd through Monday September 5th . It will close for the season starting on Tuesday September 6th.

Blue Knob 8/21/2016 2:32:00 PM
With lifeguards returning to school, the Blue Knob pool will be closed Monday through Friday, Aug 22nd thru the 26th. The pool will be open normal hours, 11 am to 7 pm, on Sat & Sun, Aug 27 and Aug 28. The pool will then close for the season.

Caledonia 8/5/2016 2:28:00 PM
Due to our lifeguard staff returning to school, and school related functions, our swimming pool hours may be affected on any given day. The pool should be open 11:00 am to 7:00 pm every day through Wednesday, August 17th, at which point it will only be open on Saturdays and Sunday through Labor Day. The last day the pool will be open for the season is Monday, September 5th 2016. If the pool is closed any day it will be posted on both the Caledonia State Park website and the Caledonia State Park Facebook page. If you have any questions please contact the office at 717-352-2161. Thank you.

Chapman 3/30/2016 3:58:00 PM
Chapman State Park learned of significant delays in the planning stages of the large scale dam rehabilitation project. The Bureau of State Parks and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission worked quickly to address the disparity of an unstocked lake during an otherwise uninterrupted trout season. We are happy to announce Chapman Lake has now been stocked with 1,200 Brook Trout and will be open and available for the regular trout season. For dates and regulations, please visit fishandboat.com At this time, the large scale dam rehabilitation project is expected to begin after Labor Day of 2016. Exact dates are unknown until the Department of General Services finalizes the project scope and completes the bidding process. We will share more information as soon as it becomes available to us. These construction improvements, while certainly a short term inconvenience to our visitors, will improve the quality of the fishery, boating, and lake access for years to come. For up-to-date information on the project as it progresses, check our Facebook page at Facebook.com/ChapmanStatePark

Cherry Springs 8/18/2016 9:00:00 AM
On July 5, Route 44 will be closed from the the Lycoming County line to the village of Oleana. Also West Branch Road will be closed on August 22nd south of the Lyman Run Road intersection. So anyone traveling to Cherry Springs via Route 44 will need to detour using Routes 220, 120, and 144 to Route 44 in Oleana and to Cherry Springs or Route 15 from Williamsport to Mansfield than Route 6 to Sweden Valley and Route 44 to Cherry Springs. Work is expected to be completed sometime in September.

Cherry Springs 8/17/2016 10:03:00 AM
Starting 22 August 2016, West Branch Road will be closed PAST Lyman Run Road for bridge repairs. To access Cherry Springs State Park, visitors will need to use RT 6 to Sweden Valley and then take RT 44 East to Cherry Springs.

Cherry Springs 6/3/2016 8:55:00 AM
Astromony Observation Field use restricted to individuals registered and attending the Black Forest Star Party. From 12 noon Friday September 2nd through 12 noon Sunday September 4th.

Cherry Springs 6/13/2015 5:25:00 PM
•Starting July 1 all Public Stargazing programs listed on the calendar of events will require online reservations.

Cherry Springs 8/14/2011 12:59:00 PM
Pets are not permitted at Night Sky Programs. Dim lighting, large crowds and sensitive equipment do not create a pet friendly environment

Codorus 8/15/2016 2:52:00 PM
Due to our lifeguard staff returning to school, our swimming pool will be closed on weekdays beginning Monday August 22, 2016. We will remain open on weekends through Labor Day. The swimming pool will close for the 2016 season at 7 PM on Monday, September 5, 2016.

Colton Point 7/12/2013 11:54:00 AM
The presence of an invasive aquatic algae known as didymo, or “rock snot,” has been detected in Pine Creek, Lycoming County, anglers and boaters are reminded that cleaning their gear is the easiest, most effective means of preventing its spread to other waters. please read the information in the linked page about didymo and how best to prevent its spread in Pine Creek and into other streams. http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/news/DCNR_20027828.pdf.

Cook Forest 6/17/2016 3:26:00 PM
The Inn at Cook Forest is currently closed for renovations. Please contact the Cook Forest park office for additional information. 814-744-8407

Cowans Gap 2/23/2016 9:54:00 AM
Cowans Gap will be participating in the Smoke Free Beach Program beginning in 2016. Smoking is prohibited on the sand portion of the beach and in the swimming area. For visitors who smoke and still want to use this beach, two designated areas adjacent to the beach are provided. The restriction includes cigarettes, pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes or other handheld, lighted smoking devices. The goal of this program is to improve the air quality for park visitors at and around the beach swimming area, in addition to reducing the amount of cigarette and immediately litter in this particular area

Delaware Canal 8/17/2016 9:44:00 AM
**TRAIL CLOSURE UPDATE** A portion of the towpath north of Center Bridge is STILL closed due to construction surrounding a bridge replacement. The closed portion is 0.25 miles north of Center Bridge and 1 mile south of Virginia Forrest Recreation Area. Please heed the barricades and avoid this area, or find alternate routes. Do not trespass on private property to bypass this area. For bicyclists headed south, an easy bypass is to cross into NJ at Lumberville and follow the NJ canal path to cross back into PA at Center Bridge to continue south. Please DO NOT enter the construction zone AT ANY TIME, regardless of whether it is active or not, for your safety and that of the workers and equipment. Park officials expect the path to open no later than October 2016.

Denton Hill 7/11/2016 4:44:00 PM
Denton Hill State Park is closed for downhill skiing. DCNR has recently completed a feasibility study that provides a comprehensive evaluation of the facility looking at downhill skiing and other year-round activities at the park. The public is welcome to use areas of the park that are appropriate for cross-country skiing, walking, hiking, fishing, and other forms of passive recreation. Rental cabins are not available for reservations during the 2016 season. If you have any questions about Denton Hill State Park in general or would like to use the park for a special event, please contact the Lyman Run State Park office at 814-435-5010.

Frances Slocum 7/27/2016 1:58:00 PM
The swimming pool will be open seven days a week until August 21st, 2016. It will then be opened on the weekends only until September 5th. After Labor Day weekend it will be closed for the season.

Frances Slocum 5/25/2016 11:57:00 AM
Effective 2016 Season All entrants into the pool area must pay an Admission Fee.

Gifford Pinchot 7/5/2016 3:36:00 PM
DISC GOLF COURSE CLOSURE: The 2016 Gifford Pinchot Classic Pro-Am Tournament, sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) will be held at Gifford Pinchot State Park on Friday, 9/9/16 through Sunday, 9/11/16. This is a 3-day event on both courses. Please be courteous and allow the tournament participants to play without disruption. The disc golf courses will reopen for the public on Monday, 9/12/16. Alternative Disc Golf Courses Open for Play (distance and travel times are approximate): Red Land Course, Red Land High School - 8 miles, 14 minutes travel. Creekside Course, Ridley Park, Camp Hill – 17 miles, 25 minutes travel. Coyote Hills, Middlesex Twp Park, Carlisle – 31 miles, 39 minutes travel. Codorus Courses, Codorus State Park, Hanover – 26 miles, 48 minutes travel. Thank you, Park Management

Gifford Pinchot 5/13/2016 9:58:00 AM
Please be aware, Pinchot Park is actively removing trees. Pardon our mess while we work to cut down and remove dying trees that pose a safety hazard to our visitors. The primary reason for the large amount of dead trees is the “emerald ash borer”, an invasive insect that has been introduced to York County over the past few years. The hardwood forests of Gifford Pinchot State Park are partly comprised of ash trees, all of which are expected to become affected by the invasive beetle. As dead ash wood becomes unpredictably brittle, these trees present a serious hazard to our park visitors, a hazard we’ve made a priority to remove. Unfortunately, during this effort, you may encounter a number of cut trees and branches in targeted areas of the park, but please know that we are putting forth our best effort to clean up these areas and plant new trees to replenish the park's diverse tree populations. For more information on the emerald ash borer, and the effect it's having on the state’s forests, please visit the following link: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/insectsdisease/eab/

Gifford Pinchot 4/20/2016 2:27:00 PM
Boat rentals are available weekends only beginning Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Quaker Race Day Use Area. Beginning the Memorial Day holiday weekend, normal operating hours will begin. Hours of operation: (Unless otherwise posted) Weekdays at Quaker Race Day Use Area: 10:00am to 8:00pm. Weekends and Holidays at both The Quaker Race and Conewago Day Use Area: 9:00am to 8:00pm. For information on pricing and availability, or customer complaints, please call (717) 215-6723.

Gifford Pinchot 7/19/2015 8:29:00 AM
Gifford Pinchot is open from 8:00 am to sunset daily for visitors to enjoy. Please be advised that anyone doing a Google search of Gifford Pinchot will see incorrect information regarding the park hours. Google has the park listed as "Closed now". If anyone has any questions please contact the park office at (717) 432-5011 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Hickory Run 8/23/2016 1:00:00 PM
CAMPGROUND CLOSURE - From Monday, September 12, 2016 through Friday afternoon, September 16, 2016, the Family Campground and Organized Group Tenting Area will be closed. This closure is due to necessary repairs to the campground water system. Once all repairs are completed and water is restored, these camping areas will re-open. We apologize for the inconvenience. Any questions, contact the park office at 570-443-0400.

Hickory Run 2/5/2016 10:58:00 AM
Due to an active black bear population, the park is requiring all visitors to take certain precautions while exploring the park or staying in the campgrounds. Bear are generally not dangerous to people if they are left alone, however, as with all wild animals their behavior is unpredictable. All visitors, especially overnight guests, shall abide by the following: NEVER approach a bear to pet, feed, or photograph it. ALL food and scented items must be stored in locked vehicles. If a bear approaches you, NEVER throw food or other objects; they can act as an attractant rather than a deterrent. Do not run from a bear; stay together as a group, clap your hands and shout loudly while backing away slowly.

Hyner Run 8/4/2016 3:01:00 PM
The pool at Hyner Run State Park will be closed the week of August 29 through September 2. The pool will be open Labor Day weekend beginning Saturday September 3rd through Monday September 5th.

Kinzua Bridge 6/30/2016 2:17:00 PM
The much anticipated Visitor Center and Park Office will open on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 8 am. Office hours during the summer season will be from 8 am until 6 pm, seven days a week. As you visit, please stay on the newly installed walkways to give our new grass a chance to grow. The skywalk, overflow parking lot, picnic area/pavilion, and the observation platforms remain open to the public from sunrise to sunset daily. If you have any questions please call the Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitor Center and Park Office at 814-778-5467.

Lackawanna 8/11/2016 9:26:00 AM
Today Thursday august 11th the pool will open from 11am to 7pm and remain open until August 22nd. The pool will close August 23 to the 26th and reopen that weekend. It will close again on August 29th to September 2nd and reopen for Labor day weekend September 3rd to 5th. The pool will close for the season September 6th. As a reminder all children who wear diapers must wear swim diapers in the pool and splash pad area. Smoking, vaping, coolers and outside food and drink are not permitted inside the pool complex area. General admission is $5, seniors $4 and children under 42 inches are free.

Lackawanna 6/3/2016 2:17:00 PM
Route 524 (Exit 199 from I81) will be closed again this year for the duration of the summer. The current detour will follow route 438 (Exit 201 from I81) Take Exit 201, and follow detour signs to the park.

Laurel Mountain 10/23/2015 12:12:00 PM
Laurel Mountain State Park is currently under construction. The skiing area facilities and surrounding areas, including the roads, are considered closed and off limits to the public. For your safety, please observe signage and stay out of the construction zones on the mountain. This closure will remain in effect until completion of the project. Thank you.

Laurel Ridge 7/12/2016 10:46:00 AM
Backpackers/Hikers – please be advised that water at the 271 Shelter Area is intermittent during the summer months. There is no guarantee it will be available. As of July 10, 2016 it was not available. Please plan accordingly. Generally, there is water available at the 271 Trailhead Parking. As of July 10, 2016 there was water after 10 pumps.

Leonard Harrison 10/29/2015 3:53:00 PM
*** The Turkey Path and Overlook trails at Leonard Harrison State Park and Colton Point State Park will be closed during the winter months from the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to the third Friday in April.***

Leonard Harrison 7/12/2013 11:53:00 AM
The presence of an invasive aquatic algae known as didymo, or “rock snot,” has been detected in Pine Creek, Lycoming County, anglers and boaters are reminded that cleaning their gear is the easiest, most effective means of preventing its spread to other waters. please read the information in the linked page about didymo and how best to prevent its spread in Pine Creek and into other streams. http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/news/DCNR_20027828.pdf.

Linn Run 10/23/2015 12:13:00 PM
Laurel Mountain State Park is currently under construction. The skiing area facilities and surrounding areas, including the roads, are considered closed and off limits to the public. For your safety, please observe signage and stay out of the construction zones on the mountain. This closure will remain in effect until completion of the project. Thank you.

Little Buffalo 8/18/2016 10:03:00 AM
Little Buffalo State Park’s swimming pool, food and boat concessions will be closed Monday, August 15 through Thursday, August 18; Monday, August 22 through Friday, August 26; and Monday, August 29 through Friday, September 2; due to a shortage of lifeguard staff. The pool and concessions will be open on Friday, August 19th; Saturday, August 20th; Sunday, August 21st; Saturday, August 27th; Sunday, August 28th; Saturday, September 3rd; Sunday, September 4th; and Monday, September 5th.

Little Buffalo 6/13/2016 2:39:00 PM
The lake drawdown has been postponed until 2017. Starting on September 1, 2017 the lake will be drawn down as much as 10 feet below the normal pool through January 31, 2018 to facilitate repairs to the dam. Fishing and boating will still be permitted, however, boating access will be severely limited and both boat launches may be unavailable.

Little Buffalo 6/13/2016 2:38:00 PM
Construction of the new shower house is under way in the campground. The campground will remain open throughout the construction period. The current shower house will remain open until the new one is ready. Please be aware that there may be construction noise and equipment present especially between the hours of 7:00 am through 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Lyman Run 8/17/2016 10:09:00 AM
Starting 22 August 2016, West Branch Road will be closed South of Lyman Run Road for bridge repairs. To access Lyman Run State Park from Route 44, continue west to Sweden Valley then east on Route 6 to Galeton and follow signs to Lyman Run State Park; or take Route 144 East to Galeton, turn west on Route 6 and follow signs to Lyman Run State Park. To access Cherry Springs State Park from Lyman Run State Park, visitors will need to use RT 6 to Sweden Valley and then take RT 44 East to Cherry Springs.

McConnells Mill 8/22/2016 1:28:00 PM
The historic covered bridge over the Slippery Rock Creek in McConnells Mill State Park will be closed beginning August 29, 2016 for renovations. The closure is expected to remain in place for 60 days. The covered bridge is owned and maintained by Lawrence County. A detour will be posted utilizing both state and township roads. Limited parking at the Mill will be provided to vehicles bearing a person with disability parking placard. General public parking will be at the Kildoo Picnic area. The Historic Gristmill will remain open through the renovations.

McConnells Mill 10/27/2015 11:12:00 AM
The operation of unmanned aircraft, such as drones, is a prohibited activity at McConnells Mill State Park.

McConnells Mill 10/27/2015 11:09:00 AM
Large buses, limousines, RV's, and other extended vehicles should not attempt to travel on the one way section of McConnells Mill Road between the intersections of Kennedy Road and Johnson Road. Due to large boulders and tight turns many vehicles of these type have sustained damage or been stuck along this section in the past. These types of vehicles should park at the Kildoo Day Use Area and visitors can either walk to the Grist Mill from there or arrange for more suitable transportation. Parking at the Grist Mill is extremely limited regardless of vehicle type.

McConnells Mill 10/27/2015 11:02:00 AM
All weddings at McConnells Mill need to be preapproved by calling the Moraine Park Office at 724-368-8811. This is necessary to ensure there are no conflicts with other events or programs and to limit unnecessary stress on your special day.

Moraine 5/6/2016 8:35:00 AM
The fishing pier at the Bear Run Launch Area on the South Shore is currently closed for rehabiliation. Access is restricted until repairs are completed due to the walking surface and railings being removed.

Mt. Pisgah 8/4/2016 2:24:00 PM
Mt. Pisgah State Park's swimming pool will close for the season on Friday, August 19, 2016 at 7:00pm.

Neshaminy 8/5/2016 12:01:00 PM
Neshaminy State Park Pool will be closed from Monday 8/29 through and including Friday 9/2. It will be open for Labor Day weekend (weather permitting) from Saturday 9/3- Monday 9/5. The pool will be closed for the season beginning Tuesday 9/6.

Nockamixon 8/12/2016 2:24:00 PM
The swimming pool schedule for the rest of the year is as follows: August 15-19 CLOSED; August 22-26 CLOSED; August 29-September 2 CLOSED. Weekends, August 20&21 OPEN; August 27&28 OPEN; September 3,4&5 OPEN. Labor Day is the last day of the 2016 Season. The deep end of the pool will not be open except for lap swimming. There may be a capacity limit for the pool complex and frequent safety breaks where swimming is not permitted for a short time. The waterslides will NOT be operating during this time.

Nockamixon 6/15/2016 8:17:00 AM
Work is scheduled to begin later in the summer and fall of 2016 on a timber salvage harvest within Nockamixon State Park consisting of many dead and dying ash trees affected or soon to be affected by an emerald ash borer infestation. A timber salvage sale is being used to remove ash and hazardous trees for the safety of park visitors within picnic areas and high use areas as well as from an area on the south side of the park. The salvage harvest effort will entail retention of all other healthy, hardwood tree species in the area. Once removal is complete, re-planting plans will be implemented.

Nockamixon 3/11/2016 12:02:00 PM
**CONSTRUCTION ALERT** A large scale paving project will begin at the park on 03/14/2016 and will likely continue through the fall. Multiple road and parking lot areas around the park will be paved or resurfaced in sections. Any full or partial site closures will be posted in advance. We will post alerts about the areas that will be affected as we receive schedule updates from the contractor. We will only be providing estimates for closures, as there are many variables to the paving process and we cannot provide definite completion dates. Check back for details, as we will be updating often.

Nockamixon 12/17/2015 10:13:00 AM
For current park conditions, updates, and alerts, please check our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/NockamixonStatePark/

Ohiopyle 6/10/2012 9:21:00 AM
The aquatic invasive plant species Didymo has now been confirmed in the Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle State Park. The discovery of Didymo has no immediate impact to the visitor experience on or along the Yough. Didymo is not considered a significant risk to human health. DCNR is working with PA DEP and PA Fish & Boat Commission to monitor and survey the Youghiogheny River. The park encourages all boaters, fisherman, and visitors to be vigilant during this time and aide in the mitigation of the spread of Didymo into other rivers and streams by properly washing all gear, equipment and watercraft used in the Yough. The Lower and Middle Yough are open for all recreational uses to include white water boating and fishing. For more information on Clean Your Gear: http://www.fishandboat.com/cleanyourgear.htm

Ole Bull 6/30/2016 11:59:00 AM
Galeton, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is advising area drivers that Route 44 between the village of Oleona and Lycoming County line will be closed Tuesday, July 5, as work resumes to rehabilitate more than 50 miles of weight restricted roadway on Routes 44 and 144 in Potter County. A detour using Routes 220, 120, and 144 will be in place. Work will include drainage improvements, full depth roadway reclamation, guide rail updates, and paving. PennDOT expects that work on this last section of Route 44 will be complete sometime in September. Campers coming from the south may want to use Rt 120 out of Lock Haven to Renovo, then take Rt 144 north. Contact the park office 814-435-5000 for more information.

Penn-Roosevelt 9/30/2009 1:02:00 PM
Lake Draw Down - Due to the high volume of water seepage below the dam breast, action has been taken to lower the lake pool level. This action will decrease damage to the dam breast structure and permit the proper flow of water downstream. This lake condition will remain indefinitely or until funding is made available to repair the dam breast and bring the lake back to normal pool levels.

Pine Grove Furnace 8/24/2016 11:24:00 AM
Ironworker's Organized Group tenting area campsite C will have periodic construction occurring until 6/1/2017. Please contact the park office at 717-486-7174 for more details

Pine Grove Furnace 8/18/2016 8:37:00 AM
No lifeguards will be on duty at Fuller Lake effective 8/20/2016. The lake will be open swim until the swimming season ends on 9/30/2016.

Poe Paddy 6/24/2016 9:10:00 AM
The Poe Paddy Tunnel, encompassing the Mid State Trail, will be closed for trail resurfacing between September 19 – 30, 2016. The trail on the south side of the tunnel, from the tunnel to the Hartley Township road, will be closed temporarily, as it will be used for hauling as part of the project.

Poe Valley 6/24/2016 9:09:00 AM
The Poe Paddy Tunnel, encompassing the Mid State Trail, will be closed for trail resurfacing between September 19 – 30, 2016. The trail on the south side of the tunnel, from the tunnel to the Hartley Township road, will be closed temporarily, as it will be used for hauling as part of the project.

Prouty Place 4/16/2016 1:14:00 PM
Camping is permitted at Prouty Place State Park for no more than 7 days with approval from the Park Manager. A letter of authorization must be executed between the sponsor and the Park Manager; an administrative fee of $25.00 to cover the costs associated with the processing of the letter and $25.00 camping fee, for a total of $50.00 is due upon signing. Please call the Lyman Run Park Office at 814-435-5010 for more information and to obtain a letter of authorization.

Pymatuning 1/28/2016 11:10:00 AM
Dam Road is currently closed due to contracted renovations to the dam and gatehouse. The road will be reopened at the completion of the project expected sometime late Fall 2016. Access to the Shenango River for fishing and boat launch as well as for sledding on the dam is possible via East Lake Road.

Pymatuning 5/13/2015 12:11:00 PM
The PA Game Commisssion's Wildlife Learning Center near the Spillway will be closed indefinately. It will reopen when a new building is constucted. (This building is sometimes reffered to as the Waterfowl Museum.) Restrooms are available at the nearby picnic area and at the Spillway.

Raccoon Creek 8/16/2016 12:08:00 PM
The Raccoon Creek Food Concession operating hours will be changing for the remainder of the summer season to the following schedule: CLOSED August 22nd thru August 26th. August 29th thru Sept 1st. OPEN August 27th & 28th Sept. 2nd,3rd,4th,5th CLOSED for the season after Sept. 5th

Raccoon Creek 7/30/2016 11:49:00 AM
Reminder: Early Canada Goose Season Hunting Permitted Beginning The Day After Labor Day

Raccoon Creek 1/25/2016 3:21:00 PM
The trail bridge on Forest Trail that crosses Traverse Creek near the trailhead parking area on the main park road by the Route 30 entrance has been washed out. The detour will follow the park roads in the area.

Ricketts Glen 5/3/2016 3:30:00 PM
The large Glens Parking area adjacent to Route 118 will be closed for reconstruction after July 4th holiday 2016, and will remain closed for the season. Park Visitor hiking the Falls Trail will need to park at the Lake Jean access area of the Park, follow Route 487 North.

Ricketts Glen 5/3/2016 3:25:00 PM
Ricketts Glen will be paving most Roadways in the park this summer season, except the campground loops. Roadways will remain open, but delays may occur. Paving will be restricted to weekdays.

Ricketts Glen 3/12/2016 8:38:00 AM
As of March 12, 2016, the Falls Trail is open. Please use caution.

Ridley Creek 7/10/2016 8:10:00 AM
Due to the number of white-tailed deer in Ridley Creek State Park and in an effort to increase the ecological diversity of the park archery deer hunting ONLY will be permitted in SOME posted park areas, September 17, 2016 through all established Pa Game Commission, WMU-5D deer seasons. Hunters are required to adhere to all PA GAME COMMISSION regulations as well as special instructions outlined by park management. Archery hunting information and a map of these areas may be obtained at the park office or by sending a written request to the park. Please be sure to include a self addressed postage paid envelope. In addition to archery hunting, management efforts will include two days of regulated shotgun hunting on December 1st, & December 8th , 2016. These hunts will be for both antlered & antlerless deer by SPECIAL PERMIT ONLY. Applications must be submitted for your chance to participate in these two days of hunting. Applications are available starting August 1, 2016. Applications may be obtained in the same manner as the archery hunting information. Successful applicants will be drawn via a lottery. 250 hunters will be selected to hunt each day. To ensure the safety of all park visitors, ALL of Ridley Creek State Park will be CLOSED during these two days to all other activities. During archery hunting the park will remain open. There is no archery hunting on Sundays, December 1st & December 8th, 2016. For additional information please contact the park office.

Ryerson Station 8/12/2016 1:59:00 PM
Please be advised that due to mechanical issues, the wading pool may be closed at times throughout the remainder of the season. Park maintenance staff is working to insure that there will be as few interruptions in service as possible.

Ryerson Station 8/6/2016 4:01:00 PM
The swimming pool will be operating under reduced hours for the remainder of the season. Hours are as follows: • Weekend days (Saturdays and Sundays), Aug. 6 through Sept. 5, the pool will be open from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM • Monday, Aug. 8 through Friday, Aug.12, the pool will be open 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM only • Labor Day Holiday, Sept. 5, the pool will be open from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM • Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, Aug. 15, 16, and 19, the pool will be open 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM • The pool will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, August 17 and 18 • The pool will be closed Monday through Friday, Aug. 22 - 26, 2016 and August 29 - Sept. 2, 2016.

Ryerson Station 5/26/2015 3:00:00 PM
Duke Lake at Ryerson Station State Park was drawn down on 7/28/05 due to concerns about the integrity of the impoundment. Boating is no longer available at the park. Trout fishing is available in the stream that runs though the park above the iron bridge and below the day-use park entrance. The park is still open for camping, hiking, and picnicking year-round. For additional information, please call the park at 724-428-4254.

Shawnee 8/12/2016 11:59:00 AM
The Shawnee Beach once again is open for swimming.

Sinnemahoning 3/1/2016 4:21:00 PM
The upper reaches of the George B. Stevenson Reservoir at Sinnemahoning State Park will be dredged and the Brooks Run stream will be realigned in 2016. Beginning May 1, 2016, the water level will be drawn down by 10 feet. This drawdown will impact the boat launch area, plus 100 yards of shoreline between the parking lot and dam and the northern reaches of the lake between Lushbaugh Run and the mooring area. It is anticipated that dredging will begin late-spring to early-summer and continue throughout the winter season. Once dredging operations begin, the area of impact, including the boat launch, mooring, eagle watch and parking areas will be closed to the public. Boating and fishing will not be permitted in the designated construction area. The roadway will also be closed from the Lake Day Use Area entrance to Goss Road and used as a staging area for dredge operations. More information will be posted as it becomes available. Call the park office at 814.647.8401 for more details and to be put on our email listing for current updates.

Sizerville 8/25/2016 1:55:00 PM
Swimming Season Update: Sizerville State Park’s swimming pool will be closed August 24th through September 2nd. The pool will reopen September 3rd for Labor Day weekend. The pool will close for the season at 7pm on September 4th. The pool will not be open Labor Day September 5th. Operating hours are 11 AM to 7PM. As always, the pool is open weather permitting; if you are not sure, call the park office at 814.486.5605.

State Wide 4/6/2016 7:03:00 AM
Contrary to the information on Google, Pennsylvania state parks are open every day of the year. Day use areas close at dusk. Park offices are open specific hours. Pools, beaches, and campgrounds are open specific seasons.

Susquehannock 9/29/2015 11:14:00 AM
An early routine inspection of the Norman Wood Bridge over the Susquehanna River uncovered an 8-foot-long crack on Monday 09/28/2015, prompting its immediate closure. "It's too early to say how long the bridge will remain closed," said Greg Penny, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation. To cross the river, drivers will have to travel north to the Route 30 or 462 spans by Wrightsville or south to the Route 1 Conowingo Dam crossing in Maryland. The bridge, which carries Rt. 372, will remain closed to everyone, including the Amish that cross it with horses and buggies, and pedestrians.

Swatara 4/9/2016 2:37:00 PM
DRIVE THRU-Bear Hole Trail 9am-3pm April 8-9, April 22-23 May 13-14 June 10-11 July 8-9 August 12-13 September 9-10, September 23-24 October 14-15, October 28-29 November 11-12 December 9-10

Trough Creek 4/19/2016 4:05:00 PM
A construction project on Trough Creek Drive within the park is scheduled to begin in mid-August. The section of roadway reaching from the park office at its intersection with Little Valley Road to the Copperas Rock Bridge over Great Trough Creek will be closed to vehicular traffic Mondays through Thursdays, Aug. 15 through Wednesday, Nov. 23. Road detours to the back part of the park may be utilized at that time. The campground will be open from these dates on weekends (Friday through Sunday) during construction and will be fully open after Thanksgiving for the opening of deer hunting seasons. For more information, please contact the Trough Creek State Park Office at 814-658-3847.

Tyler 3/14/2016 8:53:00 AM
Work is scheduled to begin later in the summer and fall of 2016 on a timber salvage harvest within Tyler State Park consisting of many dead and dying ash trees affected or soon to be affected by an emerald ash borer infestation. A timber salvage sale is being used to remove ash and hazardous trees for the safety of park visitors within picnic areas and high use areas as well as from an area on the south side of the park near Fisherman’s Lot. The salvage harvest effort will entail retention of all other healthy, hardwood tree species in the area. Once removal is complete, re-planting plans will be implemented.

Tyler 11/30/2015 9:02:00 AM
If you will be using a navigation system (GPS) to find Tyler State Park, type in 101 Swamp Road, Newtown. If you just type Tyler State Park, you may be directed to the wrong side of the park which is off limits to vehicles.

Tyler 11/30/2015 9:02:00 AM
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), remotely piloted vehicles (RPV) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), all commonly referred to as DRONES, their commercial and general recreational use is not permitted in PA State Parks. Drones create a variety of safety, wildlife impacts and privacy issues. Therefore, they are prohibited in Tyler State Park and all other PA State Parks.

Whipple Dam 5/23/2016 12:22:00 PM
Smoke Free Beach at Whipple Dam State Park Whipple Dam State Park will be participating in the Smoke Free Beach Program beginning in 2016. Smoking is prohibited on the beach and in the swimming area. For visitors who smoke and still want to use this beach, a designated area adjacent to the beach is provided. The restriction includes cigarettes, pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes or other handheld, lighted smoking devices. The goal of this program is to improve the air quality for park visitors at and around the beach swimming area, in addition to reducing the amount of cigarette butts litter in this particular area.

Whipple Dam 5/23/2016 12:20:00 PM
Smoke Free Beach at Whipple Dam State Park Whipple Dam State Park will be participating in the Smoke Free Beach Program beginning in 2016. Smoking is prohibited on the beach and in the swimming area. For visitors who smoke and still want to use this beach, a designated area adjacent to the beach is provided. The restriction includes cigarettes, pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes or other handheld, lighted smoking devices. The goal of this program is to improve the air quality for park visitors at and around the beach swimming area, in addition to reducing the amount of cigarette butts litter in this particular area.

Worlds End 8/22/2015 3:34:00 PM
When making reservations for facilities at Worlds End State Park through the Active Call Center or Active Website: Please confirm your information such as cabin or campsite; do you want Electric are you bringing a pet? Pets are only allowed on designated pet sites those sites are 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 37, 38, 39, and 40.

Yellow Creek 10/17/2015 1:45:00 PM
The Boat rental closed Labor Day and will re-open Memorial Day Weekend in 2016.