Parking Lot Hits Capacity at Packed Knoebels Amusement Resort

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RALPHO TOWNSHIP -- Knoebels Amusement Park in Northumberland County is often filled with people and has some traffic snags during busy summer weekends, but on Saturday, the park was so full that the parking lot was closed!

It was a beautiful day to visit Knoebels and folks would agree. Management says Saturday was shaping up to be a record breaker. Earlier in the day, they were even asking the public to consider coming Sunday instead.

While it looks like people on the rides were having a great time, some folks say the journey to the amusement resort was an ordeal.

Crisp fall sunshine and several special events attracted enough people to pack the park and clog roads in the area.

"We left at 12 p.m. We got here at 3:30 p.m. It was horrendous, the traffic barely moving," said Carol Seigfried of Berwick.

If you think the crows are going to thin out around dinnertime, think again. The Phoenix Fall Fun Fest means people just keep coming.

With the parking lot at capacity, hundreds of people parked at Southern Columbia High School, several miles away, and took the shuttle bus.

However, some folks saw the line and headed home.

"He said the parking is here and we said 'Oh.' 'Are you going to come back.' Maybe in a few weeks," said Amy Llewellyn of Wilkes-Barre.

The park is open until 10 p.m. Saturday. The good news, park officials expect some parking to open up here as some people leave for the day.


  • Ned Kerr

    I liked how Knoebels realized the parking lot was going to be packed and made arrangements for the shuttles. They had enough employees to handle the crowds–they don’t skimp like other parks. As an amusement park enthusiast–they really are top notch–very few parks are even on the same level. They are a gem!

  • Lisa Clayton Torok

    Alot of people enjoy the Covered Bridge festival and for several years they never opened the park during the festival. So now they find it necessary to open the whole park so whole families flock there to ride the rides. There was enough parking problems when the park wasn’t open. They should go back to making it just a craft event.

    • Ted Ansley

      The park has been open on the day for over 20 years, not sure what you’re talking about? We started going in 1994 and yes, the park was open then and it continues to be open on that weekend.

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