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.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

walking
2 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.

3 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
3 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!

backpacking
3 months ago

Good trail for the beginning backpacker like us. Did the whole Pinchot Trail AUG 25-27 201. Parked at the north loop parking area and started hiking CCW at 5 pm on Friday AUG 25 and got to the Painter's Creek camp at 7:45, 5.5 miles total. Ate Wawa hoagies that night and went to sleep. Got up the next day and hiked 15 miles including a side trip to the Pine Hill observation tower to the very south end camp near Phelps Road (?). Then finished the last 7 miles on Sunday morning with a early lunch stop at Stone Tower which is a pile of rocks. Nice camps and easy trail from the up/down perspective. However, this is a relatively challenging trail for other reasons: (1) many rocky sections that require deft footwork and good footwear and (2) swampy sections that can get ugly. We all wore real hiking boots are were happy that we did. Probably will not come back to this exact hike considering there are so many other trails in the region and this was pretty boring overall. Again, this is a good backpack trip to dial-in your backpacking systems and get used to putting some miles in.

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

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

trail running
4 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.

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