State Park Alerts

Update 5/22/2020:  Beaches and pool facilities will be CLOSED TO SWIMMING from Memorial Day weekend through at least June 5. On land beach activities will still be permitted. We ask visitors to follow social distancing mitigation measures.  Beach and parking capacity has been reduced to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

     Reservable boating facilities, select restroom facilities in day use areas, family campsites, and park offices are OPEN. Cabins, unique houses, lodges, cottages, and yurts will open on June 12. Visitor center exhibit halls will remain closed. All organized group tenting, organized group cabin camps, and pavilions will remain closed through at least June 15 and will only reopen when the county is designated green. All events of 25 or more people and all public educational programs are canceled through June 15. Please call the park office before you visit with questions.

     As part of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, playgrounds, nature play areas, and amphitheaters will remain closed.

Social Distancing (5/22/2020)

All visitors are required to wear a mask when entering state park buildings.

     Visitors can help keep state parks safe and clean by doing the following: wear a mask, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer 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 are sick, stay home.

     The best advice to slow the spread of the coronavirus is to stay home, not recreate in large groups, and practice social distancing (stay six feet apart). If you are looking to be outdoors, stay as close to home as possible including your backyard, neighborhood, or local park or trail unless they are crowded or closed.

SPOT THE PROBLEM. The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that poses a serious threat to Pennsylvania’s resources, businesses, and economy. To date, our park does NOT have these pests. Help us stay lanternfly free and stop the spread. Visit the Penn State Extension’s Spotted Lanternfly website to learn how to identify it, report it, and inspect your vehicle or gear when traveling to and from the quarantine zone.

The Route 653 Trailhead potable water supply pump is currently offline and not working correctly.  Visitors using the LHHT can obtain non-potable water in the Route 653 Shelter Area and treat/filter the water appropriately. 

Please be advised that the water pump at the Route 271 Shelter Area is out of order.  There is a non potable water source available at the Route 271 Trailhead.  Please follow the access road from the shelter area to the trailhead.  Please filter and/or treat the water as necessary.

State Park Advisories

General Firewood Quarantine: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has enacted a quarantine order for untreated firewood of any kind coming into the state. Any firewood brought into the state must be kiln dried, heat treated, fumigated, and/or USDA Certified.

To protect the high quality and native character of our State Parks from exotic invasive species DCNR highly encourages all visitors to:

  • burn/buy locally cut firewood (within 25 miles)

  • BURN ALL firewood brought from another area. Do not leave it. Do not take it with you.

  • Encourage friends and neighbors not to move firewood.

  • Do not remove firewood from a Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Area. Contact the PA Department of Agriculture, www.agriculture.pa.gov and search on the keyword Spotted Lantern Fly for current quarantine information.

Drone Restrictions: To protect park resources, limit conflict with other park users, and avoid safety and privacy liabilities, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), remotely piloted vehicles (RPV) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), all commonly referred to as DRONES, are only permitted on designated flying fields in six remote controlled airfield parks (Beltsville, Benjamin Rush, Hillman, Lackawanna, Prompton, and Tuscarora). The use of drones or other UAS is restricted at all other Bureau of State Parks locations.

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.  Please plan accordingly. Generally, there is water available at the 271 Trailhead Parking.