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  Summary of PA State Recreation Area Rules and Regulations

Over 36 million people visit Pennsylvania state parks each year. Unfortunately, a few inconsiderate people damage precious park resources. These actions make it difficult for parks to balance recreational use with the conservation of park resources.

Because state parks belong to the people of Pennsylvania, we all need to work together to conserve park resources and protect the state park legacy for future generations.

Protect and Preserve Our Parks

Please make your visit safe and enjoyable. Obey all posted rules and regulations and respect fellow visitors and the resources of the park.

  • Be prepared and bring the proper equipment. Natural areas may possess hazards. You are responsible for you and your family's safety.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Please camp only in designated camping areas and try to minimize your impact on the campsite.
  • Your pets are welcome in many areas, but are not permitted in overnight or swimming areas. Uncontrolled pets may chase wildlife or frighten visitors.
  • Pets must be controlled and attended at all times and on a leash not exceeding six feet in length.
  • Do your part to keep wildlife wild! Enjoy wildlife from a safe distance and do not feed or approach wild animals.
  • Prevent fires by properly disposing of hot coals and having a fire in proper facilities. Do not leave a fire unattended.
  • Please park only in designated areas and obey all traffic regulations.
  • Please recycle. Place trash accumulated during your stay in proper receptacles, or take it home with you.
  • Soliciting and posting signs is prohibited without approval from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

For a detailed listing of the formal rules and regulations of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks, download the Summary of Regulations in PDF format.

You can view rules and regulations specific to PA Campgrounds here.


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