Hike the Ranger Trails at Codorus State Park

Hike the Ranger Trails at Codorus State Park

Codorus State Park

Distance

5 Miles

Activities

Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Loop

Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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.  

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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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

Distance

5 Miles

Activities

Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Loop

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