Safety

Water and Food

  • There are water fountains and a water refill station available at the Visitor Center Complex, but not at the Memorial Plaza at the crash site.
  • Water and light snacks are available for sale at the Visitor Center.
  • Be sure to bring whatever food or drinks you might need for your visit.
 

Driving

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Traffic can be congested at times; watch for pedestrians and other drivers.
  • Roads in the park are hilly with blind curves: please drive at a safe speed.
  • Watch for wildlife: Deer, large turtles, and other wildlife regularly cross the road. Deer often cross in groups.
  • Obeying the posted speed limits protects you and wildlife. It also ensures you can enjoy the scenic drive.
  • Be especially careful when driving on wet, snowy, or icy roads.

 

Memorial Features

  • While some portions of the memorial may appear a tempting climb, it's best if feet stay on the ground.
  • A fall from a wall can be dangerous.
  • Climbing on walls can damage the feature.
  • Please walk, rather than run to lessen the risk of tripping and falling.
 

Weather

 
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Lightning
Lightning is a common occurrence at the memorial. It is important to be cautious during thunderstorms.

  • The memorial is mostly open fields, especially the Memorial Plaza at the crash site.
  • If you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.
  • Lightning can strike up to ten miles away from where it is raining.
  • At the first sound of thunder seek shelter immediately: a substantial building with electricity or plumbing or an enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with windows rolled up.
  • Stay in safe shelter for at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.
  • Learn more about lightning safety.

Last updated: June 6, 2017

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P.O. Box 911
Shanksville, PA 15560

Phone:

(814) 893-6322

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