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Which state parks are open for camping: COVID-19 updates


Last updated: April 9, 2020 (7:05 AM EDT) 

Whether you are a full-time RVer or a part-time weekend warrior, it’s important to know how state park closures might impact your current or upcoming RV travel plans. 

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posts new COVID-19 developments in their effort to keep communities, workplaces, and schools safe, local governments must take the most recent information and disseminate the relevant content to the public. 

Since the effects of the pandemic evolve rapidly, it’s necessary for national, city, and state officials to pass along pertinent content to the people directly, since different areas of the country may have unique situations impacting their area. 

What does this changing situation mean for RVers who frequently move from state to state? It means that RVers should become extra-vigilant in knowing what areas of the country have travel restrictions that could potentially impact their overnight stay in a state park campground. 

The Outdoorsy team knows that travel uncertainties are challenging during this time, so we have compiled a list of state park systems and their status, to help our RV family stay as informed as possible. Since campground policies are changing rapidly, we recommend that you call your planned destination before hitting the road. 

Please note:

We aim to update our list of park closures daily. Please check back for changes

Amenities, attractions, transportation, special events, buildings, and activities may be impacted by a park-to-park-basis. 

Some state park campgrounds are still closed for the season, but closures may impact the day-use areas; for camping information on those parks, visit the park’s website.

Are the southwest area state parks open for camping?

Last updated: April 9, 2020 (7:05 AM EDT) 

Arizona state parks: open

California state parks: closed

Colorado state parks: closed

Nevada state parks: day use only (no camping)

New Mexico state parks closed

Utah state parks: only open to county residents with ID

Are the northwest area state parks open for camping?

Last updated: April 9, 2020 (7:05 AM EDT) 

Idaho state parks: closed

Montana state parksday use only (no camping)

Oregon state parks: closed

Washington state parks: closed 

Wyoming state parks: day use only (no camping)

Are the central area state parks open for camping?

Last updated: April 9, 2020 (7:05 AM EDT) 

Arkansas state parks: day use only (no camping)

Iowa state parks: closed

Kansas state parks: open 

Louisiana state parks: closed

Minnesota state parks: closed 

Missouri state parks: day use only (no camping)

Nebraska state parks: day use only (no camping)

North Dakota state parks: closed

Oklahoma state parksaccess restricted to groups of 10 people or fewer

South Dakota state parks: open

Texas state parks: closed

Wisconsin state parks: closed

Are the southeast area state parks open for camping?

Last updated: April 9, 2020 (7:05 AM EDT) 

Alabama state parks: open 

Florida state parks: closed

Georgia state parks: access restricted to groups of 10 people or fewer

Kentucky state parks: closed

Mississippi state parks: RV camping open

North Carolina state parks: day use only, no facilities

South Carolina state parkscampgrounds honoring existing reservations but no new reservations accepted, day use closed

Tennessee state parks: open, limited facilities

Virginia state parks: open

West Virginia state parks: closed

Are the northeast area state parks open for camping?

Last updated: April 9, 2020 (7:05 AM EDT) 

Connecticut state parks: day use only, camping season postponed

Delaware state parks: day use only (no camping)

Illinois state parks: closed

Indiana state parks: campgrounds closed, some day use still operational

Maine state parks: select closures

Maryland state parks: day use only (no camping)

Massachusetts state parks: closed

Michigan state parks: closed

New Hampshire state parks: some parks closed, all campgrounds closed

New Jersey state parks: closed

New York state parks: year-round parks open

Ohio state parks: closed

Pennsylvania state parks: day use only, no facilities

Rhode Island state parks: closed

Vermont state parks: off-season camping suspended

Are Alaska and Hawaii state parks open for camping?

Last updated: April 9, 2020 (7:05 AM EDT) 

Alaska state parks: no change reported

Hawaii state parks: closed

 

Park statuses can change by the minute. While we strive to keep our posts up-to-date, it’s best to follow up your research with a phone call to the campground before you begin your trip. Safe travels!  

Team Outdoorsy is here to help you along your journey. If you have questions or concerns about your upcoming RV rental, give us a call at 1-877-723-7232, send us an email, or start a chat.

And for a continuously updated list of frequently asked COVID-19 questions relating to RV travel, visit our FAQ page.

 

This post was first published on March 19, 2020.

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