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.

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
2 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!!

walking
5 months ago

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

hiking
6 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.

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

walking
8 months ago

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.

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.

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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!

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
10 months ago

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
11 months ago

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.

hiking
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.

walking
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

hiking
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.

hiking
Saturday, August 06, 2016

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

Thursday, July 07, 2016

It is labeled as an out and back trail, however my friend and I hiked around the entire lake making it a total of 8.6 miles (from my car around the lack and back to my car) so it should really be labeled as a loop trail if you are up to it. The path was pretty clearly labeled. Only a few times did we used the map to confirm where we were going. There were several other trails that extended from the one around the entire lake that we didn't explore. A great place to hike, didn't see very many people on the trail but lots of people on the lake. If you do the full loop, bring lots of water! Will be visiting again :)

hiking
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Lake is right by the trail most the time. One of my favorite places to hike. Lots of really cool spots along the way.

trail running
Thursday, February 04, 2016

Great run!

birding
Friday, August 21, 2015

Saw a barred owl a few nights in a row out in campground Loop B. Camped there a few days in July and loved it! Brought our kayaks and enjoyed the lake as well. Our favorite place as a family.

hiking
Monday, July 13, 2015

I love hiking here. The trails are mostly flat and well groomed. Only the far ends of the lake (remote areas) get a little overgown and dodgy. I have hiked every trail here and they are all worth re-hiking anytime you want a nice day trip. Lakeside trail is my favorite, 8.5 miles, easy hiking. Plenty of places to refill your water bottle and rest with great views of the lake. Make a weekend trip and camp there as well.

hiking
Monday, October 21, 2013

We've done a few of the trails here. It's a nice place, good mix of terrain but mostly flat. The lake is pretty and there's a nice nature center. In the summer you can go for a swim in a sectioned off portion of the lake, but it's really murky and crowded

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