FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PA State Parks, Forests Offering
Visitors a Winter Playground
the official arrival of winter, Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn is reminding outdoors enthusiasts
Pennsylvania’s state forest and park systems again are rolling out the
welcome mat for winter visitors intent on enjoying cold-weather, outdoor
temperatures turn seasonable and snow and ice accumulate in some areas, we
extend an invitation to head to woodlands, lakes, and trails and enter a
new world of outdoor excitement and adventure,” Dunn said. “We invite
visitors to try sledding at a nearby state park or stroll on a forest trail
and enjoy the beauty and peace winter landscapes offer. For others,
snowmobile and ATV trails have opened, and hunters and anglers will be
heading to our state forests and parks for late-season hunting and ice
the December 14 close of Pennsylvania’s regular deer hunting season, snowmobiling
began December 15 and will close April 1, 2020, in state forests and parks
where conditions permit. This season, snowmobile riders in Pennsylvania’s
state forests and parks have access to 3,000 miles of marked joint-use
state forest roads, closed roads, and trails in 18 of the state’s 20 state
forest districts and in 32 state parks. Winter ATV trails stretching more
than 170 miles in seven state forest districts also opened December
winter weather cooperates, state parks and forests also are the scene of
coordinated winter festivals with games, dog-sled races, sleigh rides, and
fun competitions for families. Some examples in the coming week:
- 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Christmas Day, Washington
Crossing Reenactment celebration at Washington Crossing Historic Park
(actual crossing at 1:00 PM), Bucks County
- 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM Friday, December 27,
Introduction to snowshoeing at Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Presque
Isle State Park, Erie
- 2:00 PM Saturday, December 28, focus on elk in
winter, Elk Country Visitor Center, Benezette,
cross-country skiing enthusiast, more than 330 miles of marked
cross-country ski trails are offered on Pennsylvania’s more than 2.3
million acres of state forestland. Also available are nearly 400 miles of
groomed and un-groomed cross-country ski trails in 73 state parks. Downhill
skiing is offered at Blue Knob State Park, Bedford County; Laurel Mountain
State Park, Westmoreland County; and Camelback (Big Pocono State Park),
Monroe County. Skiing is not being offered this season at Denton Hill State
Park, Potter County.
state parks with bodies of water are open, weather permitting, for
ice-skating, ice fishing, and ice boating. Sledding, tobogganing, and
snowshoeing also are available at many parks.
muzzle-loaders, and other late-season hunters are reminded that more than
400 miles of normally gated state forest roads were opened for the late
fall and early winter seasons to provide easy access to often remote areas.
As much as 3,040 miles had been open to hunters, but openings and closings
are at the discretion of local forestry officials and are
weather-dependent. Hunters are urged to check with forest district offices
about specific roads.
Nature Inn at Bald Eagle is one of Pennsylvania’s great launching points
for winter activities like cross-country skiing at Bald Eagle State Park,
Centre County, or for those seeking outdoor adventures in the Pennsylvania
Wilds. The Nature Inn offers modern overnight accommodations and breakfast.
Guests can relax in front of a large stone fireplace in the great room to
warm up after outdoor activities.
state parks have winter cabin rentals available. Cabin reservations can be
made by calling the toll-free information and reservation line,
1-888-PA-PARKS (1-888-727-2757). It operates Monday through Saturday from
7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
provides condition updates on its toll-free, snowmobile hot line,
1-877-SNOMBLE (1-877-766-6253); or 717-787-5651. Recorded messages
providing reports on snow depths and trail conditions across the state are
updated mid-day each Tuesday and Thursday. DCNR also provides weather and
condition reports online for state parks and forests.
snowmobiles and ATVs in Pennsylvania must be registered with DCNR’s
snowmobile/ATV Unit. For more information on registration, call toll free
(866) 545-2476 or visit DCNR’s website.
details on ice and snow conditions, or winter festivals at state parks and
forests, visitors also may call the nearest state park or state forest
information, call 717-783-7941 (Bureau of Forestry) or 717-772-0239 (Bureau
of State Parks). Both bureaus have online
information posted and activities are being scheduled throughout the
Brady, 717-705-2225; firstname.lastname@example.org