Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park

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March 12, 2020 4:01 PM

Gate installed at north end of park for motorized access

State Parks recently installed a gate at the north end of the Ginkgo State Park property, where the access road continues on to lands managed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The new gate and permit process will operate the same way as the existing south gate, which is located on Recreation Drive.

To access the road from either the north or south side, motorized vehicle operators call an automated number and get an access code. Visitors must also complete a registration form, which is available at the gates.

Both gates have signs letting visitors know they are entering or leaving State Parks property. The signs also provide information about complying with parks rules, which are designed to protect the safety of all visitors and the significant natural, geological and cultural resources found in the area.

Funding for the north gate recently was made available, although it had been in the in the works since State Parks implemented the access code permit system in 2014.

The gates are a temporary measure to allow motorized access until State Parks completes a long-range planning process at the park. A planning effort was initiated earlier this year with a public meeting to get input from park users and other interested parties. The process is expected to conclude at the end of this year or early 2021.

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