HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS)The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary, Ellen Ferretti, reminds all Pennsylvanians that state parks and forests are open for business as usual despite the government shut down.

However, national parks will remain closed.

“There is a Pennsylvania state park within 25 miles of every resident that offers an array of recreational activities including camping, hiking, fishing, paddling, biking and wildlife watching,” Ferretti says.

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

For details on Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests visit the DCNR website at www.dcnr.state.pa.us.  

To make a reservation for an overnight stay, call 1-888-PA-PARKS.

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