Hike the Ranger Trails at Codorus State Park

Codorus State Park

Meander past pine plantations and lakeside panoramas as you navigate this Southern Pennsylvania gem.

I'll be honest. I wasn't expecting much from Codorus State Park. But, my Saturday was open and I wanted to go somewhere I wouldn't have to fight for legroom. I didn't need anything majestic--just some space. Codorus, centrally located in the picturesque hills of York County, PA, seemed to fit the bill. Its website described a few trails, a boat ramp, some car camping; this was the kind of airy, accessible park I was seeking. 

What I found though, on those 5ish miles of trails, surprised me. The path passed from one kind of forest to another. At one point I found myself standing in some kind of magic pine stand I've only seen in pictures. The grandeur of these trees was overwhelming and impossible to capture in a camera snap. (Look for it where Loop 1 meets Loop 2.)

Other highlights include spacious shoreline on which to picnic, a tromp behind some soybean fields that feels kind of like trespassing, and more birds (deer, rabbits, geese, toads) than you can aim a lens at. There's plenty of parking here, and I recommend the lot on the north side of Sinsheim Road. The visitor's center is well-appointed with literature and exhibits, and trails are groomed and easy to follow. 

Next time you need some quiet time in the woods or next to water, I (humbly) suggest Codorus.  

Pack List

  • Boots (watch out for horse poop!)
  • Bug spray
  • SPF 
  • Towels for post-lake activities 
  • Camera
  • Map
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RT Distance 5 Miles
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Reviews

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Overall rating: 

Relaxing And Not Crowded

Honestly I wasn’t sure what to expect. I took my girlfriend there for her birthday on a Friday and it was awesome. Nice woods and nobody there. We were a little confused as to where the pine Forrest was. If you park where she marked it’s to your right and you don’t have to cross the street (although that’s a good trail too) the pine forest is totally worth the hour drive! I loved it


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