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Update 6/20/2020:

     All state park beaches are open. Beaches and associated parking areas will be limited to 50 percent of normal capacity in yellow counties and 75 percent of normal capacity in green counties. Possession of a mask is required and recommended to wear when not in the water. We ask visitors to follow social distancing mitigation measures.

     Reservable boating facilities, restroom facilities in day use areas, family campsites, park offices, cabins, unique houses, lodges, cottages, and yurts are OPEN. Masks are required to be worn in park offices and any other indoor public space. Visitor center exhibit halls will open on June 26 in green designated counties. All amphitheater, organized group tenting, and pavilion rentals are open in green designated counties. Please check the status at:

     Events of 25 or more people and public educational programs have resumed in green counties. Events of 25 or more people and public educational programs remain canceled in yellow counties and will not resume until the county is designated green. Please call the park office before you visit with questions.

     As part of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, group cabin camps will remain closed for 2020.

Social Distancing (6/5/2020)

All visitors are required to wear a mask when entering state park buildings.

     Visitors can help keep state parks safe and clean by doing the following: wear a mask, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer regularly, avoid touching your face, eyes, and nose, cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow. If you are sick, stay home.

     The best advice to slow the spread of the coronavirus is to stay home, not recreate in large groups, and practice social distancing (stay six feet apart). If you are looking to be outdoors, stay as close to home as possible including your backyard, neighborhood, or local park or trail unless they are crowded or closed.

SPOT THE PROBLEM. The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that poses a serious threat to Pennsylvania’s resources, businesses, and economy. To date, our park does NOT have these pests. Help us stay lanternfly free and stop the spread. Visit the Penn State Extension’s Spotted Lanternfly website to learn how to identify it, report it, and inspect your vehicle or gear when traveling to and from the quarantine zone.


Gifford Pinchot State Park

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.

Seasons and Hours

The park is open every day of the year, 8:00 A.M. to sunset. Day use areas close at sunset.

The park office is open specific hours. The beach, overnight areas, and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the park office for facility seasons and hours.


Make online reservations or call toll-free 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757), from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday to Saturday.

This map shows the park in Pennsylvania. 


The park is near the metropolitan areas of York and Harrisburg.

From Harrisburg, take the Lewisberry Exit (35) of I-83 south, then PA 177 south; or by US 15 south to Dillsburg, then to PA 74 south.

From York, take PA 74 north or I-83 north. From I-83, take the Newberrytown Exit (32), PA 382 west to PA 177 south.

GPS DD: Lat. 40.087  Long. -76.888

This circular map shows the roads near the park. 

Driving Directions: The Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window.

Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.

Top 10 Things to Do

  1. Discover the challenge of hiking the Mason-Dixon Trail.
  2. Join us on an educational pontoon boat tour of Pinchot Lake.
  3. Experience the fun of flat-water kayaking, canoeing, or paddle boarding on Pinchot Lake.
  4. Enjoy a round of disc golf with friends or family at one of our two 18-hole courses.
  5. No tent, no trailer, no problem! Enjoy a stay in one of our yurts or camping cottages with a gorgeous view of the lake.
  6. Hike one of our trails throughout the summer to discover the giant swallowtail butterfly, the largest butterfly found in the United States or Canada.
  7. In May, the eastern red bud trees can turn the park a lovely pink hue with their abundant blooms. A great time to discover the beauty of our spring woodlands!
  8. Check out the diabase boulders and rock outcrops throughout the park that make for picturesque lake scenes or spots for quiet solitude.
  9. Pinchot Lake offers 340 acres of “Big Bass” waters to challenge even the most experienced angler, or plentiful bluegills to delight even the youngest angler with a fishing pole.
  10. Enjoy a night under the stars in the campground.

Learn, Experience, Connect

The park offers a wide variety of environmental education and recreation programs year round. Participants gain appreciation, understanding, and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources through:

  • Hands-on activities
  • Guided walks
  • Evening programs

Pontoon boat tours of the lake are offered spring through fall. For more detailed information contact the park office.

The environmental learning center in the Conewago Day Use Area is open weekends during the summer. Visitors can explore the center's exhibits to discover more about the park’s natural environment.

Curriculum-based environmental education programs are available to schools and youth groups.

Popular topics include:

  • Adaptations
  • Seasonal habitats
  • Bird life
  • Insects
  • Forest ecosystems
  • Lake ecology

Teacher workshops are available. Group programs must be arranged in advance by calling the park office.

Access for People with Disabilities

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. The park office is a completely ADA accessible building. If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.

In an Emergency

Call 911 and contact a park employee.

Directions to the nearest hospital are posted on bulletin boards and at the park office.

Nearest Hospital

UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg
111 South Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

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