Things to Know

This is a listing of varied activities in parks, rules and frequently asked questions. For a listing of recreational activities, like hiking and camping, explore Things to Do.

A woman looks through binoculars at Codorus State Park, Pennsylvania.

Find Us

e-mails, phone numbers and addresses for every park are here.

A boat rental building is surrounded by canoes at Lyman Run State Park, Pennsylvania.

Business Opportunities

Become a concessionaire with Pennsylvania State Parks.


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

Pets in Parks

When you visit parks with pets please follows these rules.

A newly wed couple smiles at Big Pocono State Park, Pennsylvania.

Weddings in Parks

Pennsylvania State Parks can provide incredible backdrops for one-of-a-kind scenic services.


This water lily is from Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center, Pennsylvania.

Gift Cards

State Park gift cards make great gifts and can be used to pay for campsite, cabin and pavilion rentals.

Autumn leaves are reflected in a lake at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania.

2016 State Park Calendar

The 2016 Pennsylvania State Park Calendar is for sale and makes a great gift for lovers of the outdoors.


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 family looks at a creek at Colonel Denning State Park, Pennsylvania.

Get Involved

There are many ways you can support parks from volunteering, joining a friends group or even giving donations.


This black-and-white photo of an oil well is from Creek State Park, Pennsylvania.


The people and lands of Pennsylvania state parks played pivital roles in the history of the nation.

Dark evergreen trees contrast with a mountain orange with fall foliage at Cowans Gap State Park Pennsylvania.


Find the price of pretty much everything there is in PA state parks that has a price. Entry is still free. Beauty and serenity are still priceless.




Help us keep our parks beautiful and safe as a park volunteer.

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.



Employment Opportunities

These are the current recruiting needs of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Kayaks and mountain bikes lean against a modern cabin at Canoe Creek State Park, Pennsylvania.

Economic Impact

This report shows that Pennsylvania state parks serve as economic generators in the communities that surround them


thumbnail - A father teaches his daughter to fide a bike at Gifford Pinchot State Park Pennsylvania.

Visitor Use Monitoring (VUM) Study

This study answers questions about Pennsylvania State Park visitors, which will measure recreational use and gather data to provide a profile of recreational visitors.

Canoes line an island during the Delaware River Sojourn, Delaware Canal State Park, Pennsylvania.

Hold an Event in a State Park

Special events like 10 K races, fishing tournaments and other organized events need special permission to be held in a state park, like the documents here.


A park naturalist gives an education program to children at Bald Eagle State Park, Pennsylvania.

About Pennylvania State Parks

Read the state park mission and watch a video about Pennsylvania State Parks.

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

Rules and Regulations

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