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Maps available on-line for state parks


Hailed as the most significant customer service enhancement since a toll-free telephone reservation system was initiated five years ago, detailed state park maps are now available on the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' (DCNR) Website.

“With just a few computer clicks, potential state park campers can gauge how far the lake is from their campsite, and hikers will be able to determine just how tough a climb they face,” said DCNR Secretary Michael DiBerardinis. “These maps give viewers a handy, in-depth glimpse of the diverse offerings at most of our 116 state parks on a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week basis.”

Provided in addition to existing cabin area maps and campground maps, the new online state park maps will complement operations at DCNR's toll-free state park information and reservation system, 1-888-PA-PARKS, initiated in July 1998. The maps will answer many park questions, but reservation requests still must be made by calling the toll-free number.

“We would get some calls from park newcomers asking how far their campsite is from the lake or restroom facilities,” Secretary DiBerardinis said. “Some want to be close; others as far away as possible. Then, of course, many campers want to know the exact location of pilot overnight pet camping areas, hiking paths, boat mooring areas, and other park features.”

Online maps will also save DCNR postage and staff time, as park users often request that the agency's Harrisburg headquarters mail one or more park maps to their homes or businesses.

A total of 83 of the 110 printed state park maps now are online, with others being added regularly. Visitors can access the maps through DCNR's web page,, by simply clicking “State Parks,” choosing a park and clicking on “Map.” Additionally, there are 54 campground maps posted on the Website, and all 19 of the bureau's cabin maps also can be found there.

“Many of our smaller state parks, on flat or rolling terrain without prominent features, are outlined in simple site maps denoting roads, campgrounds, wash houses and so on,” Secretary DiBerardinis said. “Then we have some of the larger parks, covering thousands of acres of very diverse terrain, and they are featured on detailed topographic maps. This should delight hunters, hikers and others who like to get off the beaten path.”

Operators answer DCNR's state park information and reservation system number, 1-888-PA-PARKS (1-888-727-2757) from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Visitors can reserve specific cabins, campsites, group-tenting areas and pavilions, or find out more about any of Pennsylvania's 116 state parks.

The telephone reservation system allows customers from anywhere in the United States to call one number to make reservations up to 11 months in advance. State park information is the third most popular request from Pennsylvania's tourism line, 1-800-VISIT-PA. Pennsylvania state parks attracted over 36 million visitors in 2002.


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