Pennsylvania State Park Visitors Can Now Make Reservations Online

Reservation System Offers Easy Access to Campsite Availability, Other Details

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ — Governor Edward G. Rendell today unveiled a customer-friendly Pennsylvania State Parks online system, offering visitors the ability to make reservations at campsites and other park facilities across the state.

Now, residents can use the Internet to make a reservation for a Pennsylvania state park campsite, cabin or pavilion any day of the week, day or night.

“Pennsylvania offers such richness in its parks, with countless outdoor activities,” the Governor said. “With this new reservation system, we are making it easier for our residents to make plans for enjoying all of the outdoors.

“Our state parks are entering a new era in customer-focused, visitor- friendly access and one-stop shopping for information and reservations. Many people now make their travel plans on the Internet, and this expansion enhances our efforts to highlight the boundless opportunities in our state parks, and makes it easier for visitors to get information and make reservations.”

Users can search for available campsites, picnic pavilions and other facilities online as well as make reservations at their convenience.

“Pennsylvania has 117 state parks that offer incredible activities to explore our rich legacy of forests, lakes, mountains, trails, wildlife and our heritage,” Governor Rendell said. “With that many options there’s something for everyone, and arranging an overnight stay is now just a click away.”

To make Internet reservations, park users should visit http://www.visitpaparks.com/ and click on “Reservations” on the green toolbar. On-line visitors will be able to access the reservation system 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visitors can charge reservations with their credit cards.

The online reservation system was put in place early last month. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded a 5-year contract in July 2005 to Spherix Inc. to operate its central parks reservation system and build and host Pennsylvania’s first-ever website to process state park facility reservations.

State park visitors are able to make reservations up to 11 months prior to their planned arrival date.

Park visitors also may call the toll-free number 1-888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757) to receive information and make reservations. This service will continue to be available Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Pennsylvania’s 117 parks and three conservation areas are open year-round and attract more than 35 million visitors a year. They offer about 7,000 campsites and 300 cabins. For more information on state parks and forests in Pennsylvania visit the DCNR website at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/. For more information on Spherix visit http://www.spherix.com/.

The Rendell Administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell’s initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit his Web site at: http://www.governor.state.pa.us/ .

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