Rules and Regulations

Pennsylvania State Parks are great places for outdoor activities--camping, boating, fishing, hiking or attending environmental education programs. You can find peace and quiet, have a picnic, or watch a sunset.

Unfortunately, a few inconsiderate people damage precious park resources. These actions make it difficult for parks to balance recreational use with the conservation of park resources.

Because state parks belong to the people of Pennsylvania, we all need to work together to conserve park resources and protect the state park legacy for future generations.

Please be considerate of those who will use this state park after you. To help insure your safety and pleasure, please observe the rules and regulations which are applicable to state parks, including environmental education centers; state park preserves, conservation areas and natural areas; and waters under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks.


A man walks a dog on a leash at Caledonia State Park, Pennsylvania.

Rules and Regulations Title 17 Brochure

Title 17 is all of the rules and regulations of Pennsylvania State Parks and are designed to insure visitor's safety and pleasure.

Rules and Regulations brochure (.pdf 135 kb)

A drone flies in blue skies. Photo couresty of Nicolas Halftermeyer via Wickimedia Commons.

Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Drones

6 state parks permit the flying of UAS on designated fields.


A couple hikes with their dog at Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, Pennsylvania.

Pets in Parks

When you visit parks with pets please follow these rules.

A man uses a metal detector at Gifford Pinchot State Park.

Metal Detecting

The reasonable use of metal detectors is permitted in many state parks.