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.
Columbia Crossing River Trails Center
website | map it | (717) 449-5607 | 41 Walnut Street, Columbia, Pennsylvania, 17512
Columbia Crossing River Trails Center is located in Columbia River Park on the banks of the Susquehanna River. Now open to the public under management of Susquehanna Heritage, Columbia Crossing is a premier visitor and river education center at the southern trail head of the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail. Staff is available to help you explore the culture and heritage of the river and surrounding region and optimize your experience in the Susquehanna Riverlands.
Kelly’s Run Pinnacle
website | map it | No direct road access (see LCC website), Martic Township, Pennsylvania, 17532
The remains of an old rocky road are visible where flat schistic rocks have been placed side by side in and beside the stream. The Conservancy’s “Kelly’s Run Pinnacle Preserve” now encompasses the Conservancy’s Kelly’s Run trails, the former PPL Pinnacle preserve and the former PPL Holtwood Nature Preserve.
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!
Pequea Creek Campground
website | map it | (717) 284-4587 | 86 Fox Hollow Road, Pequea, Pennsylvania, 17565
Pequea Creek Campground is a quiet, relaxing campground located in Southern Lancaster County, PA in the town of Pequea (pronounced Peck-way). The Pequea Creek slowly drifts along our property and there are hiking trails winding through the campground.
Shenk's Ferry Wildflower Preserve
Shenk's Ferry Wildlife Preserve is one of the most impressive wildflower areas in the eastern United States and certainly one of the most popular natural locations in Lancaster County. PPL takes pride in preserving the glen as a wildflower sanctuary.
Susquehannock State Park
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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 Holtwood Environmental Preserve
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The Holtwood Environmental Preserve provides lakeside recreational opportunities and facilities for camping, hiking, picnicking, boating, sightseeing, fishing and hunting on more than 5,000 acres on both shores of the lower Susquehanna River in Lancaster and York Counties. The Holtwood hydroelectric plant and Lake Aldred demonstrate the successful combination of power generation, recreation, environmental education and land management.
A largely abandoned dirt road and well-worn trail meander through the heart of the ravine for nearly a mile. Occasionally the road and trail run together for short distances, but are generally apart. We suggest taking the trail down to the railroad and returning via the road. The round trip trail length is estimated at 2.4 miles.
Wind / Cold Cave
Wind Cave is called Cold Cave because it's nearly freezing in there at all seasons.
It is one of the largest tectonic (created by moving rocks fracturing, not erosion) caves in the eastern United States. It is found in Pequea, Pennsylvania, about a 30 minute drive from Lancaster, in the Susquehanna valley.
To get there, follow 324 South from Lancaster. You will run into a T where the road ends when it hits the river. Take a left, onto Ridge Drive, before long on your right there will be a gated-off road entrance and several gravel parking spaces between the road and a guard-rail. Park here and follow the gated road about a hundred yards until you see a small path leading off to the left. Take this path, and keep going. It seems to wind on endlessly, but just keep going. You will come to a piling of rocks, and in this piling is a large entrance, with a sign posted by the York Grotto about taking care of the cave.