York County Walks

Walking Groups & Resources

There are many great places to walk in York County. Hopefully your neighborhood and/or your workplace is a good place for a daily walk. But when you are looking for a special walking experience, consider these great options:

Gifford Pinchot State Park:  Gifford Pinchot State Park is hosting fall and winter walks during the 2018-2019 season. Experience Pinchot Park during the cold weather months with these easy to moderate walks led by the park naturalist. The walks will last about an hour to an hour and a half, depending on weather conditions. Meet at the main day use building in the Conewago Day Use area, off of Alpine Road. All walks will begin promptly at 1:00 pm:  Saturday, November 17, Friday, December 7, Tuesday, January 1, Friday, January 18, Saturday, February 2, and Friday, February 22. Please be sure to dress for the weather, with layers for comfort, warmth, and to stay dry! Bring your own water bottle and/or snacks as desired. If you have questions, please contact the park office at (717) 432-5011. 

WellSpan Health: Walk 'n Talk with a Doc - Exercise is healing to the mind and body.  Cardiologist Dr. Peter Barclay wants to facilitate your wellness journey by joining you on a free fitness walk.  Take advantage of this unique opportunity to gain inspiration from others, as you walk and talk about your heart-related questions with Dr. Barclay.  The outings are free of charge and refreshments will be available to registered participants.  Register by calling Lisa Gemmill at (717) 741-8267.  

  • T, December 18, 2018, 9-10 am - York Galleria Mall Boscov's Lower Entrance (2899 Whiteford Road, York)
  • W, January 16, 2019, 9-10 am Apple Hill Suite 193 (25 Monument Road, York, PA 17403)

York County ParksSunday, December 30, 2018, 9:30-11:00 a.m. at Nixon Park -- Come out for a crisp hike in the winter woods and meadows along the old field trail with Park Naturalist Andrew Wolfgang.  Take the opportunity to recap your outdoor experiences for the year and look ahead to another year of exploration.  Afterward enjoy a cup of hot chocolate inside the nature center at the viewing windows.  Register at (717) 428-1961.  

York Hiking Club:  Weekly hikes of various lengths and degrees of difficulty in York County and beyond (carpool opportunities available).  Monthly schedules posted on website.
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/yorkhikingclub/
Website:  www.yorkhikingclub.com
Contact: David Lukes, (717) 818-4751, captainskit@gmail.com

York White Rose Wanderers:  Offers walking opportunities that are non-competitive and free to the public. New Walker Packets are available to introduce you to Volksmarching (“walk of the people”).
Website:  www.sites.google.com/site/yorkwhiterosewanderers
Contact:  Pam Copenhaver (717) 817-9724, ywrw@hotmail.com


YORK COUNTY PARKS

York county has eleven beautiful county parks to visit -- check out your options on-line (link above).  Each park offers different hiking and multi-purpose trails.

Here are a few great walks for individuals just getting started:

  • Heritage Rail Trail: This relatively flat crushed gravel trail runs 21 miles north from the Mason Dixon line.  
  • John C. Rudy Park: There is an approximately a 2 mile paved loop open for hiking, wheel-chair and stroller friendly in the Park.  The 4 mile trail heading south to Route 30 is paved with a slight grade. (400 Mundis Race Road, York)
  • Rocky Ridge Park: “Sue’s Trail” is not paved, but it is ADA compliant and considered a “Level 1” trail. (3699 Deininger Road, York)

STATE PARKS IN YORK COUNTY

Walk at Codorus State Park:  The 3,500-acre Codorus State Park is in the rolling hills of southern York County.  The 1,275-acre Lake Marburg has 26 miles of shoreline and is a rest stop for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. Anglers love the lake for warm-water fishing and can also fish Codorus Creek for trout. Picnicking, swimming in the pool, and camping are popular activities.  The park’s naturalist leads ecological and historical walks and talks May to October.  Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR); Codorus State Park, 2600 Smith Station Road, Hanover, PA.  Check our the DCNR's website for details on upcoming walks.  

Codorus State Park:  Located just south of Hanover, the park has 19 miles of hiking trails.  Codorus State Park Map (PDF)

Walk at Gifford Pinchot State Park:  Gifford Pinchot State Park, a 2,338-acre full service park, is in northern York County along PA 177 between the towns of Rossville and Lewisberry. The park consists of reverting farm fields and wooded hillsides with the 340-acre Pinchot Lake serving as a prime attraction.  Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR); Gifford Pinchot State Park (2200 Rosstown Road, Lewisberry, PA.  Check our the DCNR's website for details on upcoming walks.  

Gifford Pinchot State Park:  Located in northern York County along PA 177 between the towns of Rossville and Lewisberry, the park has 18 miles of hiking trails.  Gifford Pinchot State Park Map (PDF)   Upcoming walks include:  

  • WALK THIRD WEDNESDAYS 10:00-11:30 (starting April 18) - Join us for 3rd Wednesday Walks at Pinchot. Led by park volunteer Glen Dunbar, explore the trails in the Conewago Day Use area on an approximately 1.5 hour, easy walk. Held on the third Wednesday of every month through October, this is a free program, and is retiree-friendly and family-friendly. Meet the group at the main day use building in the Conewago Day Use area, off of Alpine Road, in time to begin promptly at 10:00 am. Be sure to dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes, and bring your own bottled water. 

 Samuel S. Lewis State Park:  Located just west of Wrightsville with a view of the Susquehanna River, the park has two miles of hiking trails.


PENNSYLVANIA'S OTHER PARKS AND TRAILS

Pennsylvania State Parks

Pennsylvania's Greenways and Trails


 

PENNSYLVANIA PROGRAMS

Everybody Walk Across PAHave Fun!  Develop health habits! Meet new people!    Penn State Cooperative Extension created Everybody Walk PA to encourage increased physical activity and healthy eating habits.  Below is a summary of how this eight-week semi-structured walking program works.  The electronic sign-up for 2018 will be available soon; contact Karen Bracey for more information:  kab11@psu.edu or (570) 836-3196.  

  • Form a team of up to five people, choose a Team Captain and a team name. Everyone on the team must register. Your team will need to know who your Team Captain is and choose a team name but this will NOT need to be part of your registration. This will get reported by your Team Captain with your first weeks mileage report.
  • Print off the tracking forms available on the web site. Beginning in April everyone starts tracking their miles. Report your miles to your Team Captain each Monday morning to get your team total. The Team Captain will submit them weekly online to Penn State Extension. Team Captains will need to have regular access to e-mail.
  • Each Monday all team members will receive an e-mail with news about the areas we are "virtually" visiting. Through web-links, photos, and stories we'll be exploring trails all across the state.
  • Each week will also include motivational topics, and healthy eating tips focusing on fruits and vegetables.
  • The goal is for each person to walk or exercise the equivalent of 10 miles per week during the program. Some will walk more, some will walk less. Walk with your team or on your own at a place and time that is convenient for you. You do not have to walk together and you can walk anywhere. An exercise equivalent chart is available on the program web site.
  • You don't have to walk as a team, and you can walk at anytime and anywhere that is convenient for you!
  • If you are a school, workplace, or organization with multiple teams, please see the information in the Team Captain Folder for schools or work sites.