Throughout the year, York County is a
destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Eight county parks, three
state parks, a ski area, four lakes, and a major river provide
an abundance of activities.
One of the areas greatest assets is the 4,000-acre County
Park system, comprised of eight distinct parks with over 61
miles of trails. The newest of these is the recently completed
Heritage Rail Trail, a 21-mile linear park connecting downtown
York with the NCR Trail in Maryland. William H.
Kain County Park includes Lake Redman and Lake Williams and is a
popular destination for canoeing and fishing. Richard M. Nixon
County Park is dedicated to environmental education and contains
a nature center featuring over 170 big game mounts as well as
six miles of trails.
York County is also home to three State parks. Gifford
Pinchot State Park comprises 2,338 acres in scenic northern York
County and includes the 340 acre Lake Pinchot as well as 18
miles of trails. Samuel S. Lewis State Park, the smallest of the
three, is located on the highest point in the area and offers a
breathtaking panoramic view of the Susquehanna River. Codorus
State Park is located near Hanover in the southwestern portion
of the county and is best known for the sprawling 1,275-acre
Lake Marburg. The park also contains a 198-site campground and
one of the largest swimming pools in Pennsylvania.
The picturesque 447-mile Susquehanna River borders eastern
York County and is a popular destination for boating,
windsurfing, water skiing, and fishing.
For winter excitement, Ski Roundtop offers sixteen slopes and
ten lifts, providing ample opportunity for skiing, snowboarding,
and snow tubing. Other popular cold weather activities like
ice-skating and hockey are available at several venues
throughout the county.