Parks in Lancaster
Serene natural vistas are plentiful in Lancaster, and nowhere is that more evident than the plethora of parks in Lancaster County. Some are administered by the city, some by the county, and some by private entities, but all offer a great opportunity to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature.
Chickies Rock Park
website | map it | (717) 299-8901 | Route 441 North, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17370
Perhaps SummitPost.org says it best: "Chickies Rock is merely a hill if you look at it by the map. Yes, it looks a little steep, but nothing like what you see when you stand at the base and look up the 220 foot vertical wall. Impressive........yes, definitely, especially for Pennsylvania. Chickies Rock is without a doubt the premier natural rock climbing location in the state. You can go there any day of the year and there will be at any one time at least 5-10 climbers heading up the steep precipice ... It has history, history, and even more history. It is now part of the Chickies Rock County Park which contains more than 422 acres of preservation land. Much of this land along the river was part of the old Pennsylvania Canal. Prior to that it was one of the largest Indian villages discovered in Lancaster County. Even more than that, it ran lines for the PA Railroad and still is active in shipping by rail. Geologically speaking Chickies Rock is something special to many people on the east coast. It is the largest exposed Anticline on the east coast. This geological feature is very easy to pick out as the rock arches up on the north and south sides of the outcropping. The center of the anticline is located right around the northwest corner of the outcropping and it forms a mini-cave." Simply put, Chickies Rock is breathtaking, and is worth a visit on your next trip to Lancaster County.
Conestoga Greenway Trail
Connecting the city of Lancaster to the County Central Park, this short paved trail is paved through a green space, and offers a serene escape from bustling Lancaster, which is adjacent to the trail.
D.F. Buchmiller Park
Donated by Mr. Dulon F Buchmiller, this land has been transformed into an excellent recreational area, which features tennis courts, volleyball, a frisbee golf course, a playground, and pavilions.
Lancaster County Central Park
website | map it | (717) 299-8215 | 1050 Rockford Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602
Nestled in the center of Lancaster County, this 544 acre park features gorgeous scenery, as well as a swimming pool, skate park, gardens, pavilions, and an environmental library. It is by consensus the best park in Lancaster County, PA!
website | map it | (717) 735-8883 | 1441 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17601
Hundreds of thousands of families are now enjoying the fun and natural beauty in Long’s Park, thanks to the benevolence of Judge Henry Grimly Long and his daughter Catherine Long. Bequeathed to the City of Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1900, this 80-acre city park sits on the northwest corner of town at the intersection of Harrisburg Pike and Route 30. Each year the park is home to a whole host of activities including the free summer-long music series, a nationally acclaimed fine art and craft festival and the world’s largest chicken barbecue. Long’s Park also boasts other outdoor amenities including picnic pavilions, a petting farm, children’s playgrounds, and a three-acre, spring fed lake, tennis courts and a fitness trail.
Mt. Gretna Lake & Beach
Mt. Gretna Lake & Beach is a family owned and operated swim and recreation facility open to the public for a daily fee. We're open every day for swimming and picnics, with individual, family and group admission rates. Our eight acres of beach, recreation lawn and picnic grove are adjacent to mountain stream–fed Lake Conewago located in South Central Pennsylvania: 12 miles from Hershey; 25 miles north of the Lancaster Pennsylvania Dutch tourist and outlet centers; and just 4.5 miles off PA Turnpike Exit 266 (Lebanon/Lancaster). (Directions)
Susquehannock State Park
website | |
Four properties along the scenic Lower Susquehanna River comprise the Susquehannock State Park Complex. The 224-acre Susquehannock State Park is on a wooded plateau overlooking the Susquehanna River in southern Lancaster County.
The Strasburg Jaycee Park
website | map it | 717-687-6082 | Miller Street, Strasburg, Pennsylvania, 17579
Offering a pavilion, baseball fields, a playground, as well as basketball, volleyball & tennis courts, The Jaycee Park is the perfect place to have your next event, play in a community sports league, or just spend an afternoon.