Pennsylvania

National Parks in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is part of the Northeast region of the United States and is the 33rd-largest by land area and the fifth-most populous. The Appalachian Mountains bisect the state from north to south.

National Parks in Pennsylvania

There are no sites specifically designated as a “National Park” in Pennsylvania.

The closest National Park to western PA is Cuyahoga National Park in north-central Ohio.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Best Months: October, September, July & August
Hours: Open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day
Entrance Fee: Free

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The closest National Park to both the central and eastern parts of Pennsylvania is the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park

Best Months: June, July, August & October
Hours: Shenandoah National Park is always open, however, portions of Skyline Drive, the only public road through the Park, are periodically closed during inclement weather.
Entrance Fee: $30 per vehicle, valid for 7 days

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National Park Sites in Pennsylvania

Even though there are no National Parks in PA, there are a handful of official National Park Service sites.

The Delaware Water Gap along the eastern border with New Jersey gets the same amount of visitors as Yellowstone, which makes it the most popular park in the state.

The most known site is probably Gettysburg National Military Park, which we featured in our trip across Ohio, PA, and Washington DC.

Here are all the NPS sites located within PA:

NameDesignationLocation
Potomac Heritage National Scenic TrailNational Scenic TrailWashington, 20242
First State National Historical ParkNational Historical ParkNew Castle, 19720
Eisenhower National Historic SiteNational Historic SiteGettysburg, 17325
Gettysburg National Military ParkNational Military ParkGettysburg, 17325
Johnstown Flood National MemorialNational MemorialSouth Fork, 15956
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic SiteNational Historic SiteGallitzin, 16641
Hopewell Furnace National Historic SiteNational Historic SiteElverson, 19520
Fort Necessity National BattlefieldNational BattlefieldFarmington, 15437
Friendship Hill National Historic SiteNational Historic SiteOhiopyle, 15470
Steamtown National Historic SiteNational Historic SiteScranton, 18503
Valley Forge National Historical ParkNational Historical ParkKing Of Prussia, 19406
Independence National Historical ParkNational Historical ParkPhiladelphia, 19106
Thaddeus Kosciuszko National MemorialNational MemorialPhiladelphia, 19106
Edgar Allan Poe National Historic SiteNational Historic SitePhiladelphia, 19123
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation AreaNational Recreation AreaBushkill, 18324
Flight 93 National MemorialNational MemorialStoystown, 15563
Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational RiverScenic & Recreational RiverBeach Lake, 18405
Appalachian National Scenic TrailNational Scenic TrailHarpers Ferry, 25425

State Parks of Pennsylvania

As of 2022, there are 122 official state parks in the state of Pennsylvania.

The most popular of the PA state parks is Presque Isle in Erie, Ohiopyle, and Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh.

Allegheny Islands State Park
Archbald Pothole State Park
Bald Eagle State Park
Beltzville State Park
Bendigo State Park
Benjamin Rush State Park
Big Pocono State Park
Big Spring State Park
Black Moshannon State Park
Blue Knob State Park
Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area
Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park
Bucktail State Park Natural Area
Caledonia State Park
Canoe Creek State Park
Chapman State Park
Cherry Springs State Park
Clear Creek State Park
Codorus State Park
Colonel Denning State Park
Colton Point State Park
Cook Forest State Park
Cowans Gap State Park
Delaware Canal State Park
Denton Hill State Park
Elk State Park
Erie Bluffs State Park
Evansburg State Park
Fort Washington State Park
Fowlers Hollow State Park
Frances Slocum State Park
French Creek State Park
Gifford Pinchot State Park
Gouldsboro State Park
Greenwood Furnace State Park
Hickory Run State Park
Hillman State Park
Hills Creek State Park
Hyner Run State Park
Hyner View State Park
Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center
Jennings Environmental Education Center
Joseph E. Ibberson Conservation Area
Kettle Creek State Park
Keystone State Park
Kings Gap Environmental Education Center
Kinzua Bridge State Park
Kooser State Park
Lackawanna State Park
Laurel Hill State Park
Laurel Mountain State Park
Laurel Ridge State Park
Laurel Summit State Park
Lehigh Gorge State Park
Leonard Harrison State Park
Linn Run State Park
Little Buffalo State Park
Little Pine State Park
Locust Lake State Park
Lyman Run State Park
Marsh Creek State Park
Maurice K. Goddard State Park
McCalls Dam State Park
McConnells Mill State Park
Memorial Lake State Park
Milton State Park
Mont Alto State Park
Moraine State Park
Mount Pisgah State Park
Nescopeck State Park
Neshaminy State Park
Nockamixon State Park
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center
Norristown Farm Park
Ohiopyle State Park
Oil Creek State Park
Ole Bull State Park
Parker Dam State Park
Patterson State Park
Penn-Roosevelt State Park
Pine Grove Furnace State Park
Poe Paddy State Park
Poe Valley State Park
Point State Park
Presque Isle State Park
Prince Gallitzin State Park
Promised Land State Park
Prompton State Park
Prouty Place State Park
Pymatuning State Park
Raccoon Creek State Park
Ralph Stover State Park
Ravensburg State Park
Raymond B Winter State Park
Reeds Gap State Park
Ricketts Glen State Park
Ridley Creek State Park
Ryerson Station State Park
Salt Springs State Park
Samuel S. Lewis State Park
Sand Bridge State Park
Shawnee State Park
Shikellamy State Park
Simon B. Elliott State Park
Sinnemahoning State Park
Sizerville State Park
Susquehanna State Park
Susquehannock State Park
Swatara State Park
Tobyhanna State Park
Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC)
Trough Creek State Park
Tuscarora State Park
Tyler State Park
Upper Pine Bottom State Park
Varden Conservation Area
Warriors Path State Park
Washington Crossing Historic Park
Whipple Dam State Park
White Clay Creek Preserve
Worlds End State Park
Yellow Creek State Park