National Park Areas Closed to Hunting and Weapons
Contact: Dan Watson, 724-329-5512
Contact: Tom Markwardt, 724-329-2013
The National Park Service reminds hunters in Blair, Cambria, Somerset, Fayette and surrounding counties that hunting, or possessing, carrying or using a weapon of any type is prohibited in National Parks in southwestern Pennsylvania. Unloaded weapons may be possessed within a vehicle only when they are rendered temporarily inoperable or are packed, cased or stored in a manner that will prevent their ready use.
The five National Park Service sites in southwest Pennsylvania are Johnstown Flood National Memorial, Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site and Flight 93 National Memorial.
Johnstown Flood National Memorial is located near St. Michael at the junction of US 219 and PA Route 869. Fort Necessity National Battlefield is located one mile east of Farmington on both sides of US 40, at Braddock’s Grave, and at Jumonville Glen south of the Jumonville Training Center. Friendship Hill National Historic Site is on both sides of PA Route 166 south of New Geneva and Albert Gallatin South Middle School. Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site is located atop Cresson Mountain in both sides of US 22, at US 22 and Muleshoe Curve, south of Blair Gap Run at the Foot of Ten, and Staple Bend Tunnel near Mineral Point. Hunters accessing the parking area on State Game Lands 198 from Valley Forge Road will be allowed to pass through the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site lands in their vehicle. Flight 93 National Memorial is located north of Shanksville on Skyline Drive between Lamberstville Road and Buckstown Road.
Park Rangers will be patrolling the park boundaries this fall and winter due to heavy hunting pressure, especially in the local National Park areas adjacent to Pennsylvania State Game Lands. Federal Law provides for a fine of up to $5,000.00 and six months in jail for hunting or weapons violations within National Park Service areas
Further information can be obtained by calling your local National Park. The numbers are: Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, 814-886-6150, Fort Necessity National Battlefield, 724-329-5512. Friendship Hill National Historic Site, 724-725-9190, Johnstown Flood National Memorial, 814-495-4643, and Flight 93 National Memorial, 814-443-4557.
More information on the parks, including information on closed areas, is available on the National Park Service Place on the Web at www.nps.gov.
Did You Know?
Christoph Jacob Munk and his family emigrated from Germany to Ohio in 1832. They traveled along the National Road. He wrote about rainstorms, a 4 foot rattlesnake, the mountains and sleeping at isolated inns. He also mentions that “it is very troublesome to travel with [a] wife and children.”