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Pa. State Parks, Forests Offer Visitors A Winter Playground

Snowmobile enthusiasts will find maps, conditions, and other detailed information at (select "State Forests," then "Recreation"). Snowmobile maps are updated to show storm damage and other conditions that may affect the trails.

All snowmobiles and ATVs in Pennsylvania must be registered with DCNR's snowmobile/ATV Unit. For more information on registration, call toll-free 866-545-2476, or visit DCNR's website.

Skiing: For the cross-country skiing enthusiast, more than 330 miles of marked cross-country ski trails are offered on Pennsylvania's state forestland. Also available are nearly 400 miles of groomed and un-groomed cross-country ski trails in 73 state parks. Downhill skiing is offered at Blue Knob State Park, Bedford County; Denton Hill State Park, Potter County; and Camelback ( Big Pocono State Park), Monroe County. Skiing again is not being offered this season at Laurel Mountain, Westmoreland County.

Other Activities: Most state parks with bodies of water are open, weather permitting, for ice-skating, ice fishing and ice boating.

Sledding and tobogganing also are available at many parks.

Updated state park ice conditions and snow depths are available at Select "Find a Park," "Things to Do," and then "Enjoy the Winter." Visitors also may call the nearest state park or state forest district office.

Hunting: Archers, muzzle-loaders and other late-season hunters are reminded that more than 400 miles of normally gated state forest roads were opened for the late fall and early winter seasons to provide easy access to often remote areas. As much as 3,040 miles had been open to hunters, but openings and closings are at the discretion of local forestry officials and are weather-dependent. Hunters are urged to check with forest district offices about specific roads.

Media contact: Terry Brady, 717-772-9101

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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