Pennsylvania State Parks

Essential Pittsburgh
5:41 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Three State Parks You Need to Visit this Summer

A view of the stargazing atmosphere at Cherry Springs State Park.
Credit Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

If you’re looking to explore the great outdoors this summer, you can’t go wrong visiting one of the Commonwealth’s many state parks. From Erie to Scranton and all points in between, our guide to some of Pennsylvania’s state parks is travel contributor Elaine Labalme.

State parks can be found in 61 of Pennsylvania's 66 counties. Cherry Springs, Ricketts Glen, and Pine Grove Furnace are among Labalme's favorites.  

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Fishing
4:07 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Free Fishing Opportunity During Holiday

Families and friends enjoying the outdoors on Memorial Day now have the opportunity to add free fishing to their plans.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is offering a “fish-for-free” day on Monday during which individuals can fish in state waters without a license.

Typically, a one-day license would cost $11.70 for a PA resident and $26.70 for a visitor. However, on Memorial Day, residents and non-residents alike can enjoy the sport free of charge.

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Fires
2:02 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Wildfire Prevention Season in Pennsylvania

April showers bring May flowers, yet April is one of the worst months for wildfires in Pennsylvania. 

Mid-March through Mid-May is designated as fire prevention season in Pennsylvania. Terry Brady of the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) said there were easily more than 100 wildfires in Pennsylvania .

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Community
4:35 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

'First Day Hikes' Help Start Year on Healthy Foot While Highlighting State Resources

It’s a common New Year’s resolution – to get more exercise. In hopes of jump starting those efforts, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is sponsoring free, guided hikes in 19 state parks.

“This is actually part of a nation-wide effort to get people active outdoors,” said DCNR spokeswoman Chris Novak. “Here in Pennsylvania, it’s to remind people that our state parks and forests are open year-round, including winter, and can offer great activities including not only hiking, but ice fishing, sledding, all kinds of things in the winter.”

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Essential Pittsburgh
1:55 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

State Parks Remain Open & Ready for Visitors

Ohiopyle State Park on an autumn day
Credit Brook Ward / flickr

While Washington remains at a standstill and many national parks have closed their gates, travel contributor Elaine Labalme suggests an alternative trip to the many American state parks. She says autumn is the perfect season to see some beautiful nature only a short drive away!

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State Parks
12:11 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Pennsylvania State Parks Part of 'Great Outdoors Month'

It’s “Great Outdoors Month” across the nation, and for the fifth year, just about every one of Pennsylvania’s 120 state parks has planned something special to encourage people to explore outdoor recreation. 

There’s a Twilight Paddle in Moraine State Park on Tuesday geared toward people who have never kayaked before, a wildlife program focusing on bears at Keystone State Park on Thursday and an early morning wildlife viewing by boat on Friday at Ohiopyle State Park, just to mention a few.

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