Gifford Pinchot State Park

Gifford Pinchot State Park spans 2,338 acres in northern York County, situated along PA-177 between Rossville and Lewisberry. This full-service park showcases a blend of reverting farmland and forested hillsides, with the 340-acre Pinchot Lake as a highlight.

The spectacular park is open year-round from 8 a.m. to sunset offering a variety of year-round programs focused on environmental education and recreation. These initiatives help participants develop an appreciation for, an understanding of, and a commitment to preserving natural and cultural resources. Visitors can take advantage of interactive workshops, guided nature walks, and evening programs. 

According to the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, the top ten things to do at the park are:

1. Discover the challenge of hiking the Mason-Dixon Trail. 

2. Take an educational pontoon boat tour of Pinchot Lake

3. Experience the fun of flat-water kayaking, canoeing, or paddle boarding on Pinchot Lake. 

4. Enjoy a round of disc golf with friends or family at one of the two 18-hole courses.

5. No tent, no trailer, no problem! Enjoy a stay in one of the yurts or camping cottages with a gorgeous view of the lake. 

6. Hike one of the trails throughout the summer to discover the giant swallowtail butterfly, the largest butterfly found in the United States or Canada. 

7. In May, the eastern red bud trees can turn the park a lovely pink hue with their abundant blooms. A great time to discover the beauty of our spring woodlands!

8. Check out the disbase boulders and rock outcrops throughout the park that make for picturesque lake scenes or spots for quiet solitude.

9. Pinchot Lake offers 340 acres of "Big Bass" waters to challenge all anglers from beginners to experienced with a fishing pole. 

10. Enjoy a night under the stars in the campground. 

Take a Hike!

There are many trails at the park that range from easy to fairly difficult, each marked with their corresponding color. Some trails are multi-use and can be used by mountain bikers, hikers, and even horseback riders. There are more than ten to choose from, so get out there and have your outdoor adventure made here!

Some other amenities include:

  • Electric Vehicle Charging
  • ADA Accessibility 
  • Park Office and Day Use Areas

York County is known for its 4,500 acres of public park land and miles upon miles of hiking and…