2013-10-10 / Local & State

Parks, Forests Open During Government Shutdown

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti reminds Pennsylvanians that state parks and forests are open for business as usual, although national parks are closed because of the federal government shutdown.

“There is a Pennsylvania state park within 25 miles of every resident offering an array of recreational activities including camping, hiking, fishing, paddling, biking and wildlife watching,” Ferretti said. “Fall is an especially great time to visit a state park or forest, as Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any state in the nation.”

Pennsylvania’s 120 state parks and 20 state forest districts are open year round. Entrance to Pennsylvania state parks and forests is free.

For details visit twww.dcnr.state.pa.us.

To take a virtual tour of some of the best fall foliage sites, and Pennsylvania’s 20 must-see parks, choose the “Story Map” icon on the left side of the home page.

“The new interactive Story Map feature on the Web site combines information, photos and interactive maprelated functions,” Ferretti said. “The maps serve as virtual visits to the wide variety of Pennsylvania natural wonders, recreational amenities and conservation-focused points of interest that we’re fortunate to have in Pennsylvania.”

Other story maps include: outstanding geologic features in Pennsylvania; an old growth forest tour; notable design and architecture sites; and the state park first-time camper program.

To make a reservation for an overnight stay, call 1-888- PA-PARKS between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday or go to www.visitPAparks.com.

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