Camping, Parks & Recreation Areas

  • Campgrounds, state parks and recreation areas are open (a few campgrounds have delayed opening, see closures section below). Please read and understand our COVID-19 safety policies below.
  • Many park amenities are beginning to open, including bathroom buildings, hand-washing stations, trash services, concessions, playgrounds, viewing platforms, fishing piers, sports areas, designated dog areas, picnic tables and shelters. Drinking fountains will remain closed until further notice. Please contact the park by phone or visit individual park Facebook pages to view a list of open amenities.
  • The Recreation Passport is now required. The requirement had been suspended the past three months to reduce face-to-face interactions and the exchange of money, precautions aimed at reducing the spread of the coronavirus.
  • The self-observation raft at Palms Book State Park is now open and will be sanitized daily, but not between each use.
  • The water parks at Bald Mountain, Holly and Brighton recreation areas are now open. Life jackets and water equipment will be sanitized between use, and capacity will be reduced to 50%.
  • Visitor centers are now open with reduced days and hours of operation.
  • Face masks are required when in indoor public spaces, including restrooms/shower buildings, contact stations and visitor centers OR when outdoors and social distancing cannot be maintained. Violators are subject to a $500 penalty.
  • Stay at least 6 feet from people who aren’t from your household in all locations, including enclosed spaces, campgrounds and day-use areas.
  • Staff will clean restrooms/shower buildings several times a day. At least once per day, these buildings will be cleaned and sanitized in accordance with Centers for Disease Control guidelines.
  • Overnight lodging facilities, including cabins, lodges and yurts, will be cleaned and sanitized according to CDC guidelines after each reservation holder checks out.
  • If possible, please pay by debit or credit card to decrease the exchange of money.
  • We encourage you to bring your own gloves and disinfectant and whatever else you deem necessary to protect yourself while in campgrounds and parks.
  • Please bring your own hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Hard surfaces, such as playground equipment, handrails, picnic tables, will not be sanitized between each use. You may use your own sanitation wipes.
  • Camper check-in procedures may vary by location.
  • Know before you go, check for other closures at