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Hiking at Codorus State Park

19 miles of trails

Although the park only has two “hiking only” trails, many miles of equestrian and mountain biking trails also can be hiked.

All trails are in hunting areas, so visitors should wear fluorescent orange during hunting seasons.

Codorus State Park Trail Map (PDF)

Trail Definitions

Difficulty Ratings

Easiest -- For beginner trail users. Grade is gentle with few obstacles.
More Difficult -- For the majority of trail users. Grade is steeper and trails narrower with embedded rocks or roots on the trail surface.
Most Difficult -- For trail users with advanced skills. Grade is steep and provides a definite physical challenge. Routes may not be well marked. Elevation gain or loss is severe.

Trail Route Type

Loop -- Start and end at the same location and follow a single trail to form a loop.
Out-and-back -- Start and end at a trailhead and follow a single trail to an endpoint or specific point of interest, then return along the same route.
Point-to-point -- Trails are generally longer in distance and parks may often contain only a portion of the trail within their boundary. Hiker starts and ends in different locations, often requiring a shuttle.
Connector -- Begin and end in connection with another trail or trails but do not terminate at a trailhead.

Equestrian Trails

9 miles  |  More difficult hiking  |  Loop trail  |  Numbered intersection markers
Recreations permitted: hiking, equestrian
Trailhead amenities: non-flush restrooms, picnic tables, benches

The equestrian trail system travels over rolling hills, through forests and fields, crosses streams, and passes near Lake Marburg. There are many views of the lake, including an overlook which has benches and hitching posts.

LaHo Trail

1.7 miles  |   Easiest hiking   |   Loop trail   |   Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: none

This trail follows the shoreline of Wildasin Flats. The wetlands make this an excellent area for birding all year. The trail is primarily a single-track path that hugs the hillside. A few trail sections ascend steep terrain, and portions of the trail can be muddy.

On a grassy knoll in the eastern part of the trail is the Manheim Union Burial Ground, which has a tombstone dated 1783.

Mary Ann Furnace Trail

3.0 miles  |  More difficult hiking  |  Loop trail  |  Yellow blazes
Recreations permitted: hiking
Trailhead amenities: none

From the trailhead along Black Rock Road, the trail begins on a boardwalk through the wetlands of Black Rock Flats, then climbs through a tall deciduous forest that borders old farm fields and comes to a fork in the trail.

The left trail eventually follows the shoreline of the lake. The right trail climbs to the top of the hill and gives a view of the campground. Both trails interconnect and join to a spur that leads to the campground. A connector trail leads from additional parking at Rummel Farm.

Mountain Biking Trails

13.25 miles  |  Easiest hiking  |  Loop trail  |  Numbered intersection markers
Recreations permitted: hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling
Trailhead amenities: none

The designated 195-acre Mountain Biking Area is on the northern shore of the park. The 7.5-mile outer loop trail crisscrosses forests and climbs short hills. In this area, 5.75 miles of snowmobile trails also are open to mountain biking and hiking.

Please respect other trail users. During hunting seasons, trail users should wear fluorescent orange for safety.