Hard Times for State Parks

State Parks around the nation are facing steep budget cuts and in some cases are being closed. Resources for the Future discusses the dire state of parks nationwide and cites statistics that prove how important state parks are for the economy and for the people who use the parks for healthy outdoor activities.

The PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is facing a massive $30 million cut in its budget and some of that will come out of the operational budgets of our state parks. This isn't so surprising given that budgets are being cut virtually everywhere at all levels of government. But is cutting funding for state parks really going to save money?

A Penn State study reports that for every dollar invested in Pennsylvania's state parks over twelve dollars of income is returned. Read the 2-page summary and/or full report of The Economic Impact of Pennsylvania State Parks. State parks also provide a steady source of economic stimulus for local businesses.

Nockamixon State Park Marina

The PA Highlands Region features some wonderful state parks. Some of our favorites include Nockamixon State Park, scene of this weekend's whitewater dam release on the Tohickon Creek, which flows through Ralph Stover State Park in Bucks County. The creek enters the Delaware River at the Delaware Canal State Park.

Heading west across the PA Highlands are French Creek State Park, Pine Grove Furnace State Park and Gifford Pinchot State Park. Visit the DCNR parks page for a complete listing of state parks. For information about state parks in the PA Highlands and/or to download our Highlands Mobile app visit Hike the Highlands.

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