Thursday, May 27, 2021

DCNR Issues Overcrowding Alerts For 14 State Parks, 2 State Forest Areas; Recommends Alternatives

On May 27, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
posted overcrowding alerts for 14 state parks and two state forest recreation areas and recommended alternatives.

These are the first overcrowding alerts issues since record visitor increases overwhelmed some parks last year as a result of the pandemic.

The state parks include-- Beltzville; Codorus; French Creek; Hickory Run; Keystone; Kinzua Bridge; Marsh Creek; Neshaminy; Nockamixon; Ohiopyle; Presque Isle; Ricketts Glen; Tyler; and Washington Crossing.

The state forest areas include Seven Tubs Recreation Area in Pinchot State Forest and Rock Run in Loyalsock State Forest.

Click Here for DCNR’s recommended alternatives and more information.

In 2020, parks welcomed 46.9 million visitors compared to 37 million visitors in 2019. In 2021, March visitation was up 20 percent over last year and April visitation is up 8.1 percent over last April’s record number of visitors.

  For more information on state parks and forests and recreation in Pennsylvania, visit DCNR’s website, Click Here to sign up for the Resource newsletter, Visit the Good Natured DCNR Blog,  Click Here for upcoming events, Click Here to hook up with DCNR on other social media-- Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

(Photo: Ohiopyle State Park, Fayette County - Greene County Messenger.)

Related Articles:

-- DCNR Announces State Parks, Forests Expect High Visitation For The Summer Season

-- DCNR Blog: Restoring A Forest Devastated By Lymantria dispar (Gypsy Moth)

-- DCNR Highlights Many Benefits Of Streamside Buffers In Visit To Geisinger Health System In Montour County 

[Posted: May 27, 2021] PA Environment Digest

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