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Gifford Pinchot State Park

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Address: PA Route 177, between the towns of Rossville and Lewisberry, Lewisberry, PA 17339
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+1 717-432-5011
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Nice quiet place to picnic or hike.

Have come here to fish with family and friends many time over the years. The trails are great for walkers or hikers, well laid out and easy to travel on. Decent camp sites many... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
Lewisberry, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went for a short vacation to attend the Great American Outdoor show in Harrisburg. We almost always vacation in Pa state park cabins because you can't beat the price. Hot roomy shower, comfy beds, fully functioning kitchen - great time away with my spouse! The staff at the park office were pleasant and helpful, as well.

Thank Dave D
Lewisberry, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Have come here to fish with family and friends many time over the years. The trails are great for walkers or hikers, well laid out and easy to travel on. Decent camp sites many with lake access.

Thank BoscoW52
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016 via mobile

The lake had a lot of Moss in it so made it hard to catch anything. Plus there was no picnic tables around boat dock #1 so people was having to sit on the ground. The manager said that they would not put any there because the are afraid that they would get thrown in the lake. All they have... More 

Thank Robert D
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Gifford Pinchot is a picturesque state park with large lake and hiking trails. The park is generally on level ground so the hiking is no strenuous. Good place to bring the family for a picnic or some basic camping.

Thank Mark E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

We went in October for a 3 day trip. Rented a modern cabin. Cabins are close to the lake and you can see the lake from the deck. Off season this is a quiet place to unwind.

Thank Mmg G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

My family and friends have been visiting Pinchot Park now for the past 12 years. We camp there every Memorial Day weekend. We have had different tent sites, with our favorite being 120, 129 and 116. These sites are close to the lake, which is great if you have a kayak. Most of the camp sites are big enough and... More 

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Sweetwater County, Wyoming
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

We visited Sept 2016 in campground A ( site 134) for 4 nights in a pop-up and had a wonderful time. Site was spacious, well maintained, and clean. Yes, the bathrooms and showers were older and need replaced but everything worked and again they were clean but old and tired. It was quiet and peaceful in mid Sept. Beach looked... More 

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Perry Hall
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

We expected crowded since it was Labor Day weekend. But add to this that the spaces are packed to the max, next to each other, it makes for a feeling that you are in a wooded parking lot. The reason must be that the park is essentially a small lake and its surroundings. We read reviews about the condition of... More 

Thank rmcespedes
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

Pinchot is a great park for boating and kayaking. My husband and son love to leisurely float in their kayaks while tossing their fishing line it to see what's biting. There are multiple parking locations around the lake; each offer something different to do. Some take you to the beach for swimming...while others are closer to the hiking trails or... More 

Thank BBreach
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

I'm not sure where the beach pictures came from but there is no beach. There is swimming in the lake but just a fence/ gate. No sand. See pictures. You can rent a boat but very inefficient, unhelpful staff and limited boats so unless you go early, don't expect to be able to rent a boat. As far as state... More 

1 Thank Katherine B

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