Explore the most popular trails in Gifford Pinchot State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

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1 month ago

A little crowded, very nice lake views, some small inclines and rocky spots, but we enjoyed it

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1 month ago

Super easy trail to navigate. Flat & well worn. No problem with markers. Good for people that are unsteady but want to get out in nature.

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1 month ago

nice walk

Nice casual trail, bit rocky at some points and your feet might hurt but overall a nice long easy trail.

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rocky
2 months ago

when going up the hill here gradual incline.. overall nice trail

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2 months ago

Easy to moderate.

We took the Oak trail and it’s easy to moderate.

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2 months ago

Grew up about a mile away from here. Its always nice to come back

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2 months ago

great for a beginner like me and my 7 year old son.. very pretty and on the lake

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rocky
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Nice hike. Trails in good condition. Mostly in shade. Beautiful lake, but not visible from the trail very much. Clean facilities. Not a difficult hike, but moderate in length. Not a lot of elevation.

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bugs
over grown
3 months ago

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3 months ago

Easy, family friendly hike around the lake. many views from the loop out into the lake. the trail was difficult to follow in several places, and I had to retrace my path at least twice. I recommend early morning to catch the sunrise.

Nice trail. A little overgrown in some areas

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bugs
3 months ago

Could be more clearly marked

2nd kayaking trip

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bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

Very muddy and they have altered the trails. But still a nice hike.

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over grown
5 months ago

Overall the trail was great. The markers were a bit confusing and it would have been nice if there were more signs. I was easily able to navigate where I needed to go with the Alltrails app. I didn't really mind the mud. But there was one spot it cut off into two trails. The shorter closer to the lake trail had quite a bit we had the push threw that was over grown. The only thing I really didn't like was the fact that the trail went on the main road side with like a almost hidden path back on. I wouldnt have seen it if I wasn't staring at my phone to navigate back.

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muddy
rocky
5 months ago

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bugs
muddy
over grown
5 months ago

So muddy. But biggest issue was how overgrown everything was. Definitely waist high grass in places. I only ran about a mile of the trail and finally bailed and turned around. (This was along the Quaker race section)

on Pinchot Lake Loop

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muddy
6 months ago

It’s a long loop but well maintained with lots of access points. The west side stays wetter longer than the east side.

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bridge out
bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
8 months ago

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