Pennsylvania State Parks Visitor Use Monitoring (VUM) Study


The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks have identified a need to better understand the characteristics, behaviors, expenditures, attitudes, and evaluations of visitors to State Parks. Relevant questions asked by managers of State Parks include:

Who are our visitors?

What are our visitors looking for out of their State Park visits and experiences?

To respond to these questions, DCNR has commissioned a multi-year study to gather answers to these questions for both State Park and State Forest visitors. The purpose of this study is to develop a long-term, systematic approach for answering such questions about Pennsylvania State Forest and State Park visitors.

The study will survey visitors to selected State Forests and Parks over a five year period to measure recreational use and gather data to provide a profile of recreational visitors. Sampling will be designed to measure and describe recreation use on two State Forests and six State Parks per year over a five-year study period.

In total, 10 forests and 30 parks will be surveyed during the five-year duration of the project. After the initial study period, additional surveying may be conducted on other forests or parks, or previously surveyed public lands, depending on the data needs and financial resources available.

2014 Report (.pdf) (1,347 kb, 8/15) - Jacobsburg, Keystone, Laurel Hill, Ohiopyle, Promised Land, and Tobyhanna state parks

2013 Report (.pdf) (1,023 kb, 4/14) - Bald Eagle, Cherry Springs, Hyner Run, Kettle Creek, Lyman Run and Sinnemahoning state parks - Sproul and Susquehannock state forests