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Measures Being Implemented to Address Increased Recreational Use at Seven Tubs Recreation Area of Pinchot State Forest

08/02/2020

Harrisburg, PA -- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced that a number of operational changes are being made at the Seven Tubs Recreation Area of Pinchot State Forest in Luzerne County to address safety related to the popularity of the site on weekends and when the weather is favorable.

“We are seeing significant increases in visitors looking to stay cool and enjoy the health benefits of the outdoors at Seven Tubs, and we are implementing some practices to make sure they can do it safely, and to minimize the impacts they have on the natural resources,” Dunn said.

DCNR is implementing the following measures to help alleviate some of the issues related to the popularity of Seven Tubs including:

  • Bringing in staff from other areas to assist with management, clean up and outreach on safety and natural resource impacts on weekends
  • Electronic signs on the Route 115 intersection with the entrance to assist with traffic safety
  • Signage outlining state forest regulations, visitor safety and prohibition of open fires

Dunn noted that visitors can take actions that will help keep state parks and forests open and safe, including:

  • Pack out what you carry in and dispose of trash properly
  • Don’t park in undesignated parking areas as this impacts safety, natural resources, and nearby residents
  • Wear a mask if you can’t keep six feet of distance from other people
  • Be courteous to other visitors and abide by noise and alcohol restrictions, and other regulations
  • Be mindful open fires are not permitted in the area

Seven Tubs Recreation Area covers 500 acres in Luzerne County.

Seven Tubs got its name from the glacial meltwater that created potholes and filled up pools or “tubs” of water.

Wheelbarrow Run -- a wild trout stream in addition to the unique geological formations -- flows through a ravine full of tubs that are gouged into the underlying bedrock.

Pennsylvania state forests and parks are seeing unprecedented numbers of visitors as people look to have fun and enjoy the outdoors close to home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seven Tubs is quite popular, especially on warm weekends. If you are looking for peace and quiet it’s best to either visit on a cool day or early in the morning.

More information about Pennsylvania state forest rules and regulations is available on the DCNR website.

MEDIA CONTACT: Terry Brady, 717-877-6315

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