State officials are quick to remind us that, despite the shutdown of the federal government due to the lack of a new budget agreement, Pennsylvania state parks and forests remain open.
That includes 120 state parks and twenty state forest districts. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources adds there is no entry fee.
In the meantime, while studies are showing that the federal shutdown will cost the state thousands of tourism dollars through the closings of historic sites like Gettysburg and Independence Hall, other reports indicate Pennsylvanians may be affected in other ways. For instance, campgrounds, boat launches and parking areas in the Allegheny National Forest have been closed. So, the shutdown also affects vacationers and outdoorsmen.
Hunters preparing for archery deer season and other activities are reminded they may find that some areas utilized for hunting in the state are now inaccessible.