Yes, Penn State provides free public access to open spaces and green spaces.

All campuses are open to the public for access to open and green spaces. At University Park, there is a map that describes all the trees to help enjoy the natural environment. At all campuses, community members often use public green spaces for recreation, picnics, and other community activities. In addition to open and green spaces on our campuses:

  • Penn State manages Stone Valley Forest, approximately 8,000 acres of forestland, which are open to public use including hunting, fishing, and trapping of wildlife.  
  • The Arboretum at Penn State is free and open to the public and features a year long schedule of events and volunteer programs and promotes the 200 Acres, a new self-guided touring app, which tests users’ knowledge of Penn State by providing new perspectives on the University’s original land, history, and purpose.
  • Shavers Creek Environmental Center provide free public access to trails and open spaces as well as educational and recreational opportunities.
  • Musser Gap is university property that provides free access to open space and serves as an important connection between State College and Rothrock State Forest. It provides a space for learning,
    stewardship, respite and connection. After two years of intensive student, faculty, and community work led by the PSU Department of Landscape Architecture with support from ClearWater Conservancy, including site analysis, community engagement, and design development, the PSU Office of Physical Plant (OPP) and Penn State Outreach teams developed a plan to support these efforts.