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Camping at Pennsylvania state parks ‘going through the roof’ as coronavirus restrictions ease

Jul 10, 2020

State park campsites, cabins and other overnight accommodations are seeing enormous demand as Pennsylvania reopens during the coronavirus pandemic.


By Marcus Schneck | mschneck@pennlive.com

State park campsites, cabins and other overnight accommodations are seeing enormous demand as Pennsylvania reopens during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Camping reservations and state park attendance both are going through the roof,” said Terry Brady, press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “All phases of camping are up significantly, with weekends – and especially holiday weekends – seeing parks booked solid.”

The department also has seen a “tremendous increase” in primitive camping in state forests, which is “overnight camping where all equipment is transported in limited trips by non-motorized vehicle methods, including watercraft, bicycle or horse, and where a motorized vehicle is not located near or part of the camping experience.”

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