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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
08:00 - 16:00
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Great spring time at Gifford pinchot

This is a great state park, about 25min from Harrisburg, on RT 177 ...Big lake and nice playing area here on one side...Also has cabins on other side of the lake..We did river... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best state parks in PA. Camping area has small, clean beach. Bathrooms are heated and well kept. Camping sites are big and mostly shaded. Lake is big. Rangers and staff super friendly. Day use area which is across the lake has huge beach, pavilions, BBQ' sand open areas for picnicking. OH, did I mention they also have... More 

Thank Karin H
Sarona, Wisconsin, United States
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120 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Traveling through the state we found we needed a place to camp since we wanted to see Hershey chocolate world and Gettysburg. We came upon this park. Beautifully laid out...Lots of sites. The new sites they are putting in will have full hookups. Ours only had electric and water which was fine by us. The bathrooms were nice, clean.

Thank Kim G
Cincinnati, Ohio
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218 reviews
123 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great state park, about 25min from Harrisburg, on RT 177 ...Big lake and nice playing area here on one side...Also has cabins on other side of the lake..We did river boating , kids had great fun in play area

Thank KetanDani79
Baltimore, Maryland
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162 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Because rivers were high from Friday's rain, we settled for paddling on the lake at Gifford-Pinchot State Park. Bought launch permits on-line. Put it was great and convenient with a clean, heated restroom open. It was early in the season. Fortunately the wind held off, so even though it was cool & cloudy we were able to paddle most of... More 

Thank Johnny J
New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
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189 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Every since I was a little girl I have been coming to Pinchot with the men I love! First on a yearly fishing/camping trip with my Dad, such awesome memories! One year I caught over 120 Sunnies in ONE morning, no lie! I think it must have been the same batch of Sunnies caught over and over again as we... More 

1 Thank Donna S
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 February 2017 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.

1 Thank Dave D
Lewisberry, Pennsylvania
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142 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

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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23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 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 

1 Thank Robert D
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 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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29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 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.

2 Thank Mmg G

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