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.

walking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 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
4 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.

5 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
5 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
5 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.

trail running
6 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
7 months ago

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

backpacking
7 months ago

I followed the loop going counter clock-wise. The trail was very narrow and overgrown for about half of it. Navigating was a tad difficult at times Once you get past choke creek, things start to open up a lot more. Campsites are very plentiful. You'll run into at least one every 10 - 30 minutes or so; especially on the creek. The scenery changed quite a bit from dense forest to flower and fern fields. Elevation change was minimal. If the trail wasn't this overgrown, I'd give this maybe a 4 out of 5.

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

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
9 months ago

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

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.

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