Life as we know it has changed due to the spread of COVID-19. Not only are people staying home and businesses are closing, but many national and state parks are also closing to the public.
Due to social distancing guidelines from the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, many of these changes are taking place. There are also a number of states that have imposed shutdowns of nonessential businesses.
At least a dozen park sites have been closed by the National Park Service. Many others are operating in a modified fashion. Modifications may include closed restrooms and visitor centers or only trails and hiking areas being open.
According to medical experts, jogging, hiking, bike riding, and other outdoor activities at parks are safe if you’re not doing it in groups. The CDC is recommending that you maintain 6 feet in distance from others to limit the possibility of infection.
National and state parks continue to close due to the pandemic. The following list should give you an indication of those closures although it is always a good idea to check with the park website before you head out for a visit.
National park sites
Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah, Georgia, is closed until further notice.
Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is closed to visitors until further notice.
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is closed until further notice.
The Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island in New York are temporarily closed.
Yosemite National Park campgrounds in California are closed through March 31.
Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Hawaii is temporarily closed.
Joshua Tree National Park in California has closed its visitor center, campgrounds, as well as its roads to all vehicle traffic.
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument in New Mexico is closed until further notice.
Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego is closed through April 10.
Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia is closed until further notice.
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas closed its buildings and visitor center until further notice.
All 175 state parks in Florida will be closed indefinitely beginning March 23.
All state parks in Oregon are closed effective March 23.
Several state parks in North Carolina including Crowders Mountain, Lake Waccamaw, Hanging Rock, Raven Rock, Fort Macon, and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area are closed until further notice.
California State Parks have temporarily closed all campgrounds.
All Illinois state parks and wildlife areas are temporarily closed. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said it will work with the governor’s office and the state Department of Public Health to determine when parks should reopen.
Facilities at all state parks, including visitor centers, restrooms, and campgrounds, will be closed until March 31. Trails, lakes, and road are to remain open to the public.
All New Mexico state parks will be closed through April 9.
All state park campgrounds are closed through April 30.
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