State Park Visitor Numbers Remain at Record-Breaking High Through Early Autumn

October 22, 2020
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According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, September visitor numbers at State Parks broke all existing records with a 31% increase over last year – 4.7 million guests compared to last year’s 3.6 million.

Eight parks experienced over a 100% increase: Denton Hill State Park (746.7%), Cherry Springs State Park (230.6%), Patterson State Park (168.6%), Hickory Run State Park (136.5%), Susquehannock State Park (127%), Tobyhanna State Park (114.8%), Kooser State Park (111.8%), and Cowans Gap State Park (109.8%).

In addition to the dramatic rise in State Park usage, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council has reported that trail use increased by 52%, with some trails experiencing a 100 or 200% increase in attendance.

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