Gifford Pinchot State Park

Gifford Pinchot State Park

Gifford Pinchot State Park

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Gifford Pinchot State Park is a Pennsylvania state park in Warrington Township, York County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The park contains wooded hillsides, reverting farm fields, and Pinchot Lake. It is near York and Harrisburg in the south-central part of the state.

The park's namesake

The park is named after former Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot. Pinchot was governor from 1923-1927 and 1931-1935. Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington state bears his name as well. The park was dedicated in 1961 by Governor David L. Lawrence.

Park activities


There are more than of marked, maintained trails within the Gifford Pinchot State Park. Most of them interconnect. The trails are classified in one of three categories, easy, moderate, and difficult.

Easy trails

  • Alpine Trail: , a wide gravel path known for its wildflowers. This trail begins on the east side of Conewago Day Use Area.
  • Gravel Trail: , this wide trail follows an old woods road and has a gravel surface.
  • Oak Trail: , a short trail that connects the campground with the interpretive center at the western end of the Conewago Day Use Area.
  • Old Farm Trail: , follows an old farm road to the top of Straight Hill. Connects Lakeside, Oak, and Ridge Trails.

Moderate trails

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