Good planning and preparation will make your visit enjoyable and rewarding.
Summer months can be extremely hot and humid, with occasional severe thunderstorms. Be sure to keep adequately hydrated on hot summer days. There is a water fountain in the Reception Center and bottled water is sold in the Bookstore.
Fall and spring are pleasant with cool temperatures and brisk winds.
Winterweather occasionally forces the closure of some park roads and buildings depending on severity. Sensible seasonal dress is recommended for your visit and depending on your planned activities, should include accessories such as sunscreen, hiking boots, and extra water.
All emergencies in the park should be addressed to 911.
Avoid Ticks! Most of your walking will be on paved or graveled walkways. Nevertheless, check for ticks after your visit. Be mindful while walking through tall grass and brush in natural and agricultural areas of the park due to the number of ticks common, some of which carry disease such as Lyme Disease, which can be transmitted to humans after contact with an infected deer tick, a small species of tick common in Pennsylvania. Visitors who prefer to walk in such areas should be aware of this danger, use proper insect repellent, and be certain to examine their clothing for these parasites. For your safety we recommend that visitors stay on walking trails and paths. Visit our Tick Safety page for more information.
Firearms in National Parks: Federal law governing possession of firearms inside a national park changed on February 22, 2010. Visitors may possess firearms within a national park unit provided they comply with federal, state, and local laws. The role of the responsible gun owner is to know and obey the federal, state, and local laws appropriate to the park they are visiting. Please remember that federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances. For more information, visit our page on Park Laws and Policies.
Watch your step especially as you exit down the bus steps, head down the back stairs of the Eisenhower home, and walk up the bank into the barn