News for State Parks


Washington Crossing in Bucks County Added to Pennsylvania State Park System (2/2/16)
Harrisburg, PA – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced that Pennsylvania now has 121 state parks with the addition of Washington Crossing Historic Park in Bucks County.

DCNR Secretary, Seven Springs and State Park Officials (1/26/16)
Ligonier, PA – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today joined Seven Springs Mountain Resort Chairman Robert Nutting and Bureau of State Parks officials in a celebratory groundbreaking marking progress on major renovations under way at Laurel Mountain Ski Resort, Laurel Mountain State Park, near Ligonier, Westmoreland County.

DCNR Names New Director of the Bureau of State Parks; (1/19/16)
HARRISBURG, PA - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced Bureau of State Parks Assistant Director John Hallas has been named to head an award-winning state park system that oversees 120 parks across Pennsylvania.

Susquehanna North Branch Named Pennsylvania River of the Year (1/14/16)
Harrisburg, PA - Steeped in historical and recreational value, the freeflowing Susquehanna River North Branch in northeastern Pennsylvania has been voted the 2016 Pennsylvania River of the Year following a five-week public voting period.

Governor Wolf Announces Task Force to Maximize (1/7/16)
Harrisburg, PA – Acting on recommendations of Governor Tom Wolf, a panel of forestry experts from private, public and academic sectors today kicked off a series of meetings to analyze current limitations to forest conservation and job growth, and to develop an action plan to address both objectives.

DCNR to Share Information on Denton Hill State Park Study at Open House in January (1/6/16)
Harrisburg, PA – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of State Parks Director John Hallas today announced that the department will hold a public open house on January 20 at Denton Hill State Park to discuss a feasibility study about the future uses of the park in Potter County.

Salvage Harvest of Hazardous Trees Planned at Bald Eagle State Park (12/18/15)
Harrisburg, PA – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials today announced work on 72 acres within Bald Eagle State Park’s Rustic Camping Area will include a timber salvage harvest on the tract, consisting of mixed hardwoods and many dead and dying white ash trees affected by an emerald ash borer infestation. Work is scheduled to begin later this month.

DCNR Watershed Education Program Has New Website, Water Quality Database (12/10/15)


Governor Wolf Executive Order Gives Voice to Hunters, Anglers on Policy, Legislation (11/24/15)
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has signed Executive Order 2015-13 to formally establish both the Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation and the Governor’s Youth Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation.

Hunters Sharing the Harvest Program Will Reach One Million Pound Mark of Venison Donated This Season (11/24/15)
Harrisburg, PA – With nearly two million Pennsylvanians food insecure, programs that assist in efforts to help are essential. The state’s hunters have an opportunity to provide food to residents at risk for hunger through the unique public-private partnership with the Hunters Sharing the Harvest (HSH) deer donation program. Earlier today, state officials from the Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture and Conservation and Natural Resources, along with the Game Commission and state legislators joined representatives from HSH as well as the Central PA Food Bank, Hunger Free PA and Feeding Pennsylvania to kick off this year’s donation program.

DCNR’s Interactive Website Offering Hunters Wealth of Information (11/23/15)
Harrisburg, PA - Timed for Monday’s opening of Pennsylvania’s traditional deer season, the state Bureau of Forestry is offering a revamped, interactive website offering a wealth of maps, statistics and other information designed to make a hunter’s search more enjoyable and rewarding.

DCNR Names Hills Creek State Park Manager to Head Pine Grove Furnace State Park (11/20/15)
Harrisburg, PA - Joseph Basil, former manager of Hills Creek State Park, Tioga County, has been named manager of Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Cumberland County, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced today.

South Mountain Speakers Series to Focus on Saw-Whet Owls with Award-Winning Author Scott Weidensaul (11/5/15)
Harrisburg, PA – The final lecture in the 2015 South Mountain Speakers Series will feature North America’s smallest and most mysterious owl. Award-winning author and respected natural historian Scott Weidensaul will discuss his ground-breaking research on the migration patterns of northern saw-whet owls On November 12 in Shippensburg.

Independent Review Hails Management of State Forest System (11/2/15)
Harrisburg, PA - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today released results of an independent review team’s annual study of state forestlands, noting its findings continue to affirm Bureau of Forestry efforts to conserve these resources through sound management

DCNR Plans White-water Release Into Bucks County’s (10/26/15)
Harrisburg, PA - White-water boating enthusiasts will once again converge on Bucks County’s Tohickon Creek Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8, when the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources releases water from Lake Nockamixon into the Tohickon Creek.

DCNR Seeking Nominations for Trail Advisory Committee (10/26/15)
Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is accepting nominations for six open positions on the 2016 Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee, DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced today.

Nominations Being Accepted for 2016 Trail of the Year (10/23/15)
Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvanians are being asked to nominate their favorite trail for 2016 Trail of the Year honors, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced today.

Governor Wolf, DCNR Announce Additional State Forest Roads Opening for Hunting Seasons (10/1/15)
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that hunters heading into Pennsylvania’s state-owned woodlands this season will find additional roads opened by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in 18 of the 20 state forest districts.

Maurice K. Goddard State Park Trail Named in Honor Of First DCNR Secretary, John C. Oliver (9/24/15)


Inaugural Lehigh Valley Greenways Festival Scheduled At Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center (9/22/15)


DCNR Secretary Invites National Public Lands Day Participation (9/22/15)


DCNR, Partners say Local Parks, Recreation 'Good for You, Good for Us All!' (9/4/15)
Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Pennsylvania Park and Recreation Society (PRPS) are inviting Pennsylvanians to find some healthy fun at a park or recreation program close to them through a new website, brand and outreach effort.

DCNR Secretary Joins in Dedication Of Ridley Creek State Park’s New Equestrian Arena (9/2/15)


DCNR Renames Lackawanna State Forest District (8/11/15)
Harrisburg, PA - The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today renamed Lackawanna State Forest District in honor of Gifford Pinchot in a move marking the 150th anniversary of the conservation pioneer’s birth and saluting his creation of forestry practices that continue to shape and benefit Pennsylvania’s forests to this day.

Denton Hill State Park Feasibility Study Nearing Completion (8/7/15)
Harrisburg, PA – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials today announced that the department is nearing completion of a feasibility study for Denton Hill State Park, Potter County. This study will provide a comprehensive evaluation of the existing infrastructure as well as an in-depth look at long-term potential for skiing and other potential year round activities at the park.

Annual Archery Deer Hunt Planned at Neshaminy State Park (8/3/15)
Bensalem, PA - An annual archery deer hunt again will enable archers to hunt in Neshaminy State Park, Bucks County, when Pennsylvania’s statewide archery deer season opens Saturday, Oct. 3, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) officials announced today.

Lake at Cowans Gap State Park Reopening to Swimming (7/31/15)
Harrisburg, PA -- The Pennsylvania departments of Health and Conservation and Natural Resources today announced that, effective Saturday, Aug. 1, swimming will again be permitted in the lake at Cowans Gap State Park, Fulton County. The lake had been closed to swimming since July 22.

DCNR to Withdraw Permit Application for Dam at Ryerson Station State Park in Greene County (7/24/15)


DCNR Releases Update to Shale Gas Monitoring Report (7/23/15)
State College, PA - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today updated members of the Natural Gas Advisory Committee on the department’s ongoing efforts to monitor natural gas extraction and management on DCNR lands.

Health Concerns Close Lake at Cowans Gap State Park to Swimming; Park Remains Open (7/22/15)
Harrisburg, PA -- The Pennsylvania departments of Health and Conservation and Natural Resources today announced that the beach at Cowans Gap State Park, Fulton County, has been closed for swimming until further notice. The park remains open for camping and other activities.

Prowl the Sproul’ State Forest Hiking Activities Set for July 24-26 (7/16/15)
Harrisburg, PA - The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry invites hikers and other visitors to again sample the rugged beauty of Sproul State Forest when a three-day “Prowl the Sproul” series of hikes steps off Friday, July 24.

DCNR Secretary Addresses Campers on Summer Jobs, Environmental Careers Available With Department (7/13/15)
Drums, PA - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today called upon high school students to consider careers in conservation and recreation, and she reminded the young campers there is no better place to start than a summer job in Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests.

DCNR to Hold Open House to Share Final Exhibit Designs for Kinzua Bridge State Park Office/Visitor Center (7/7/15)


DCNR Releases Update to Shale Gas Monitoring Report (7/2/15)
State College, PA - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today updated members of the Natural Gas Advisory Committee on the department’s ongoing efforts to monitor natural gas extraction and management on DCNR lands.

Cherry Springs State Park Taking Steps to Ensure Great Visitor Experience During Dark Sky Programs (7/1/15)


Ceremony Officially Opens Ohiopyle State Park Office/Laurel Highlands Falls Area Visitor Center (6/11/15)
NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 11, 2015 Ohiopyle, PA - Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today joined state and local officials and many civic partners in the formal dedication of the Ohiopyle State Park Office/Laurel Highlands Falls Area Visitor Center -- an energy-efficient building serving as the hub of public outreach and instruction at the increasingly popular Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County.

DCNR, Dickinson College Monitoring Health (6/8/15)
Harrisburg, PA - Researchers at Dickinson College are collaborating with DCNR to study three Cumberland County lakes that are popular spots for fishing, boating and other recreational activities, DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said today.

DCNR Announces Grants Available for Protecting Non-Game Species (6/2/15)
Harrisburg, PA - The Wild Resource Conservation Program is accepting applications for grants to protect the state’s native biodiversity. The program, overseen by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, safeguards Pennsylvania’s non-game animals, native plants, and their habitat. Grant applications will be accepted in three areas: surveys, research, and conservation and management.

Nearly 100 Hikes Planned To Showcase Pennsylvania’s Trails, Walkways (5/29/15)
Harrisburg, PA – New and experienced hikers can pick their pace and path through Pennsylvania’s bountiful outdoors in one of nearly 100 organized hikes across the state during Hiking Week 2015, which steps off Saturday, May 30.

Laurel Hill State Park Celebrates its Forest Heritage (5/28/15)


DCNR Joins in Bid to Set Tree-Planting Record in North America (5/19/15)
Harrisburg, PA – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources employees and volunteers will join teams from across North America next week in a record-setting bid by Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. to plant a quarter-million trees in one hour, DCNR officials announced today.

First-Time Campers to Find Special Deal at Many Pa. State Parks (5/6/15)
Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is providing first-time campers with needed gear and a reservation for two nights at a participating state park for just $20.

DCNR to Resume Spraying Forests to Combat Gypsy Moth Damage (5/4/15)
Harrisburg, PA – State woodland managers are preparing for an aerial spraying effort to combat gypsy moth population posed for spring outbreaks in the eastern portion of the state, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials said today.

DCNR to Add 48 Acres to Codorus State Park in York County (4/30/15)


DCNR to Expand ‘Clean Air Beach Program’ to Eight State Parks (4/28/15)
Harrisburg, PA – After a successful two-year operation of a pilot smoke-free beach at a state park in Cumberland County, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today announced it is expanding the trial program to include eight new state parks across Pennsylvania.

DCNR Announces Local Changes To Horseback Riding in Elk State Forest (4/23/15)
Harrisburg, PA – In an effort to further safeguard natural resources and enhance the experience of all trail-users, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced local changes affecting horseback riding will be forthcoming along the Thunder Mountain Equestrian Trail in Elk State Forest, Elk County.

DCNR Warning Anglers, Others of High Wildfire Danger (4/14/15)
Harrisburg, PA – With the approach of Pennsylvania’s traditional statewide trout season opener on April 18, and a rash of recent wildfires, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is urging anglers, property owners and others to take steps to prevent forest and brush fires.

Construction to begin at Poe Paddy Tunnel along Penns Creek (4/3/15)
Harrisburg, PA – Anglers, hikers and other outdoors enthusiasts are reminded repair work soon will be starting in the area of the now-barricaded Poe Paddy Tunnel along Penn Creek in a wide-ranging rehabilitation project that will require the temporary closing of a section of the Mid-State Trail on Monday, April 6, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced today.

DCNR Appoints Manager at Presque Isle State Park in Erie (3/19/15)


Governor Wolf Declares March 15-21 Wildfire Prevention Week (3/13/15)
Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf has proclaimed March 15-21 as Wildfire Prevention Week in Pennsylvania, noting drying March winds and warming temperatures quickly can combine to increase fire dangers across Pennsylvania’s forests and brush lands.

DCNR Cancels White-Water Release into Bucks County’s Tohickon Creek (2/12/15)


DCNR Invites Students to Apply for Summer Environmental Careers Camp (2/5/15)
Young Pennsylvanians interested in pursuing environmental careers are invited to apply by April 15 for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ summer residential camp, DCNR Acting Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said today.

Improvements Make State Park Online Reservation More Consumer-Friendly (2/4/15)


Governor Wolf Signs Executive Order Reinstating Moratorium On New Leases For Oil and Gas Development In State Parks and Forests (1/29/15)
Governor Tom Wolf today signed an executive order reinstating a moratorium on new leases for oil and gas development in state parks and forests. At an event in Benjamin Rush State Park, Governor Wolf signed the executive order with members of the General Assembly in attendance.