Gifford Pinchot State Park, Lewisberry

#49 of 146 in Nature in Pennsylvania
State Park · Nature / Park
Gifford Pinchot State Park is a 2,338-acre (946 ha) Pennsylvania state park in northern York County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The park is undeveloped and is the site of farm fields and wooded hillsides. The 340-acre (140 ha) Pinchot Lake is an important recreation site featuring prime bass fishing. There are several trails that pass through the park, including the Mason-Dixon Trail. Environmental education programs are provided at the park. A campground featuring a playground, a volleyball court, and horseshoe pits is located at Gifford Pinchot State Park.
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  • On arrival Friday, meet by camp hosts with table set up, right inside give directions, maps and answer any questions. They were all wearing masks, and keeping social distance. Found the park....  more »
  • We really like it here as a family. We usually come mid week and it's all ours. Even on the weekends there is room for everyone. They have plenty to keep kids busy and it's all free! The food at snack stand is good but we enjoy BBQ on the provided grills. It's a great place to spend a day and be with family in a safe place.
  • When I decided to plan a vacation to Hershey Park, I knew I didn’t want to stay on the Hershey premises. I looked into the Hershey campground, but I really wanted to stay somewhere quiet and away from the commercialism. That is when I found this gem! Located about 30 minutes from Hershey Park, it provided us with a peaceful haven to relax after a crazy, fun-filled day at the park. We rented 2 modern cabins; one for my family and one for our friends. The cabins were rustic looking, but very well maintained. Hot water, nice sized bathroom with shower. Full kitchen (just bring a toaster and coffee maker if needed). Master bedroom has a full bed, closet with hangers and dresser. Second bedroom has 2 sets of bunk beds, closet and dresser. There is no air conditioning, but they provide good powerful fans. There is no WiFi services, and no TV, which forced the kids to get outside to explore and play board games on the one rainy day. The cabin was very clean, and provided everything we needed for a long weekend away in the woods. The lake is absolutely stunning. The park provides many beautiful hiking trails for different levels and there are kayak and boat rentals. We only spent 4 days in the cabin; 2 of those days were spent at Hershey. I wish we had booked more time here so we could do more exploring. The staff and rangers were helpful and courteous and even called me when the house cleaners found a bracelet and toy that was left behind! The wildlife is also amazing..deer, owls, bats, rabbits, fish, many different types of birds including some gorgeous water birds. My only complaint (if you can call it that) is that I wish they could clear the land in between the lake and the cabin. It is very overgrown and obstructs the view of the beautiful lake from the cabin. Instead of sitting on our deck in the morning, I took the 2 minute walk to the lake through a nice trail. It would have been even more enjoyable to be able to do that right outside the cabin door. Other than that, if you’re into camping in a cabin in the woods, I highly recommend Gifford Pinchot State Park.

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