Gifford Pinchot State Park, a 2,338-acre full service park, is in northern York County along PA 177 between the towns of Rossville and Lewisberry. The park consists of reverting farm fields and wooded hillsides with the 340-acre Pinchot Lake serving as a prime attraction.

10 days ago

Great trail to see some fall color before all the leaves are gone. Some parts of the trail are washed out due to the rain but you can get around them.

trail running
1 month ago

It was my second official attempt at Trail running. I thoroughly enjoyed it felt challenged at times and not bored of it although I did get lost a bit in the camping area. Next time I think I might plan my route instead of just picking and choosing at the forks in the trail.

forgot to review this place. nice hike around the lake, would go back to kayak

The hike has some overgrown areas. Some muddy Areas. It has very little elevation changes. It is well marked and trail maps are available at the park.

Between the bridge and campsites on the opposite end of the lake from the dam, beware of fishing trails that lead off actual trail.

4 months ago

Entire lakeside trail takes just under 3 hours and is a great hike. Moderate through the Quaker day use area, the rest is pretty easy. Lovely views of the lake. Can get muddy after rain, so best to hit it after at least a few dry days! Pinchot also has great kayaking and horse trails. The horse trails weren’t super well kept at the beginning of the season, hoping they had a chance to tend to them since then.

Nice easy trail

I only made it 4 miles, somewhere i got off track. I'm really out of shape and this was my 1st hike. I thought the trail was nice. We encountered a snake on the trail.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Camping here for the weekend, very nice trail to walk in and out of the thick with plenty of scenery. Park says no biking on some parts of it. Certain parts of the day it's perfect to rip through it for mountain biker enthusiasts as I did.

Beautiful scenery! Good hike. We took the dog he loved it too!

A nice hike with no real elevation. Very wet and gushy at places. Pinchot is a very nice park and great for camping!!

10 months ago

Wonderful!!! So beautiful. Took my golden retriever and he loved it too!! Perfect, easy trail for my dog and me :)

11 months ago

Easy footing and mostly flat trail, but very long and deviates away from the lake for a good portion of it, I was expecting to be more along the "lakeside". Nice variety of tree species and good for bird watchers. The hunters and gun noise made me a bit nervous - be sure to wear orange during hunting season. Enjoyable hike but no "wow" moments.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Recently reblazed, easy to follow. The road walk by the dam has been moved off the road.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Parked at the Say Use Area and Nature Center. Walked .5mi to the playground around camping area.

Easy. Flat. People walking dogs and riding bikes. Kid friendly. Off road jogging stroller accessibility.

Monday, September 25, 2017

A lot of fun in the rain! It was very soggy but a lot of fun with no one around. We even saw a deer. If you plan to go after a day of rain you'll definitely want boots.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Very good for a toddler trek or even a jogging stroller. I frequent this one if I'm looking for just a leisurely stroll.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Wasn't a fan of having to walk on a busy road with no road signs to warn traffic of possible pedestrian traffic. Other than that a great hike!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Mostly flat with a few ups and downs. Lots of tree roots and stones. I logged 9.1 miles in 2.5 hours.

trail running
Friday, August 04, 2017

This trail is between easy and moderate. After a little over a mile in it does become rocky in sections. It doesn't make for a consistent run out and back.

trail running
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Great place to run then swim afterwards -- how can you beat that?!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Needs to update and standardize trailblazers but it was a brisk and picturesque trail!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

I really enjoy the loop trails and this one didn't disappoint. Plenty of distance and good variation of scenery with lots of path options.

trail running
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Good lake side trail. Some points are rocky but still runnable. Needs better views to be 4 or 5 star.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Always a pleasant hike. Plenty of trails and things to see around the lake. Very dog friendly. The only down side is that it is very popular during nice weather and can be crowded at times. Also, because of the crowding, there tends to be litter and debris around.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Easy trail, except can have some really muddy areas after rain or snow. Late fall and winter can be the best if your looking for quiet and solitude.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

easy for beginners; enough mileage of trails if you're looking for a workout

Sunday, November 13, 2016

What is pictured is mostly the Lakeside trail with a diversion to Ridge Trail at about mi 1.5 on map,onto Old Farm at about mi 2 then back to Lakeside Trail.

For the most part this is more of an easy trail walk than a hike. It gets a little rough around the dam but otherwise it is relatively level and smooth. Using the map from the park's website makes it especially easy to navigate as it is marked so well.

I started from Boat Mooring 3 parking and did a part of the Pinchot Trail rather than Old Farm and it was exactly 9 mi which took me 3 hours.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Not a moderate trail at all. We hiked it today with a 9 and 11 year old boys in 4 hours. Stopping frequently to watch wildlife and teach the boys about nature. Mostly level and easy walking. I have hiked this trail several times in 3 hours or less and also it makes a great day hike with plenty of places to stop, eat, replenish your water, hang in your hammock, or whatever your into! Enjoy the trail.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

My husband & I absolutely loved this trail! It was well marked & maintained.

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