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Recreational Opportunities

Picknicking

Picnic tables, charcoal grills, drinking water, modern restrooms, and horseshoe pits are throughout the picnic areas. The Quaker Race Day Use Area has a volleyball court and the Conewago Day Use Area has a softball field. Four ADA-accessible picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee.


Swimming

A large, ADA-accessible beach is open from late-May to mid-September, 8:00am to sunset. Swim at your own risk.


Camping

Gifford Pinchot State Park offers 339 campsites, 3 camping cottages, 2 yurts, 10 modern cabins, and organized group camping. Reservations can be made 11 months in advance. Pets are permitted at specified campsites in the campground.


Boating and Boat Rentals
(electric motors only)

Pinchot's 340-acre lake has three launch areas. There are 286 shoreline mooring and canoe rack spaces that can be rented from April 1st to November 1st.


Hiking

There are more than 18 miles of marked and maintained trails at Gifford Pinchot State Park. Most trails interconnect to allow hikers to tailor their outing to meet their individual desires.

More detailed information is available at: HIKING TRAILS.


Bicycling and Bike Rentals

The trails between the campground and the Conewago Day Use Area are for joint-use by hikers, cross country skiers and bicycles. The Multipurpose Trail network consists of a 3.5-mile outer loop with a number of internal connectors. The trail surface is packed gravel and the terrain is mostly flat with a few gentle hills. The trail is suitable for family use and most bicycles.

A seasonal bike rental is located in the Conewago Day Use Area.


Birding

Northern ParulaThe Park offers a diversity of habitats which attracts many birds during the spring and fall migrations. At least 30 species of warblers have used Pinchot as a stopover while migrating. During fall and winter, the lake attracts a large number of ducks and waterfowl.


Nature Center

A park-operated nature center in the Conewago Day Use Area is open on weekends during the summer.


Fishing

Pinchot Lake has largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, muskellunge, catfish, carp, walleye, crappie and sunfish. Pinchot Lake is designated a big bass lake.


Horseback Riding

In the northeast section of the park is an area set aside for horseback riding. This area includes several miles of wide, mowed, interconnecting trails that wind through reverting farm fields, pine plantations and deciduous woodlands. There is a large, gravel parking area off of Alpine Road, a short distance south of the intersection with PA 177. There are no horse rentals.


Disc Golf

There are two 18-hole disc golf courses. In the Conewago Day Use Area, Boulder Woods is a fairly level course that is great for families. In the Quaker Race Day Use Area, Quaker's Challenge Course has recreation and pro tees in a challenging, hilly course.


Hunting

Approximately 1,780 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs from fall archery season through the end of the traditional winter season. Common game species are deer, rabbit, squirrel and waterfowl.


Ice Fishing

When conditions permit, ice fishing is a popular attraction at the park. Ice fishermen most often catch largemouth bass. Occasionally, walleye, muskellunge, crappies and sunfish may be caught through the ice.


Ice Skating and Iceboating

When lake ice conditions permit, ice skating and iceboating are enjoyed by many visitors. Iceboats must display a current state park launch permit.


Cross-country Skiing

When adequate snow cover is available, many of the hiking trails provide an excellent opportunity for cross-country skiiing. The best trails are accessed from the Conewago Day Use Area or the special parking area at the campground entrance. These trails are marked for bicycling and include portions of Lakeside, Alpine, Oak and Gravel trails. Other good trails are the network of spur roads and trails in the interior of the park campground, which are closed to camping and vehicle use during the winter season.

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