Gifford Pinchot State Park

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17130

Gifford Pinchot State Park

Gifford Pinchot State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This more than 2,300-acre expanse is billed as a “full-service” park in that if there’s anything you can think of to do on a camping trip, you can probably do it here. There’s boating, hiking, hunting, fishing, and more. What’s more, you can pick your activity and often get some guidance in doing it.

There’s some unique wildlife here too. Giant swallowtail butterflies, the largest butterfly found in North America, are frequent visitors here during the warmer months. Hiking some of the park’s 18 miles of trails will often give you a glimpse of these creatures. Roughly 1,800 acres of parkland are open to hunting, but only bows are legal until November 1, at which time shotguns and muzzle-loaders are also allowed."

Gifford Pinchot State Park Reviews

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If you’re looking for a great outdoorsy Pennsylvania getaway that is fairly close to Philadelphia, you can’t go wrong with Gifford Pinchot State Park. The park has a really nice improved campground (with good, clean restroom and shower facilities), as well as lake-view cottages and yurts available for rent. Many of the campsites also has lake views. The lake is a focal point of the campground, as it is a great spot for bass fishing as well as flatwater paddling. A segment of the Mason-Dixon Trail goes through the park, so it’s a great place to hike and take in the gorgeous scenery of the southeastern Pennsylvania countryside. It’s a great spot to watch for wildlife, including butterflies and many species of birds.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Second Fri in Apr to end of Oct
Boat Launch/Ramp, Swimming, Hunting, Golf/Disc Golf, Fishing, Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Fees per Night
Flush toilets, warm showers, water, electricity, sanitary dump station, picnic tables, fire rings, 2 disc golf courses

Activity Feed

Dec 2018