Campground Star Gifford Pinchot State Park

Campground Star: Gifford Pinchot State Park, PA

Gifford Pinchot State Park in Wellsville, Pennsylvania received a 5-star Campendium review for its convenient location in the woods, and kayaking opportunities.

Gifford Pinchot State Park

“Beautiful, wooded campground,” wrote reviewer Vandyvagabonds. “A lot of sites, and they are close together. We stayed here for two nights in September while we visited the RV show in Hershey, PA. Convenient to the Harrisburg/Hershey area—only about a 30 minute drive. Great biking paths, hiking paths, lake for canoeing or kayaking.”

Reviewer Ken wrote, “Love taking kayaks and grandkids to this park. Stay at the point near the camper’s beach. A small town is just a mile away for quick pickups, and the town of Dover is only six miles and has full grocery stores.

Know Before You Go

“Highly recommend driving through and looking at sites—if you can—before booking,” wrote Vandyvagabonds. “Or being flexible and willing to change up sites. One we were assigned at walk-up, that we were told confidently would fit a 30-foot rig, was barely long enough. We decided to give it a go but couldn’t get our rig level enough to get the slides out. There were luckily a lot of other sites available, so we moved across the way. Only one loop for dog-friendly RV camping.”

“A quiet park on the weekdays, gets crowded on weekends,” wrote Ken. “Only a few full hookup sites and these are not on the water. Electric sites on water are limited. Can fill up with water just past campers check in.”

Gifford Pinchot State Park on the 340-acre Pinchot Lake is located in northern York County along PA 177 between the towns of Rossville and Lewisberry. The park offers boating, fishing, disc golfing, hiking, picnicking, and swimming. Open year round, winter activities include ice fishing, ice boating, cross-country skiing, and ice skating.

Gifford Pinchot State Park

7258-7298 Carlisle Road
Wellsville, PA 17365
GPS: 40.054, -76.91
Elevation: 542 ft
Nightly rate: $27.00

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