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Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $21.00
This is a typical state park, clean, with a friendly cadre of park rangers. Well-patrolled and with reasonably wide and treed sites (meaning satellite coverage was nonexistent). However, we were promised a 50 amp site but ended up with only 30 amps. There is no water at the sites, although there are water spigots scattered around the campground where you can fill your tank. Sewer is in the form of dump stations. Obviously, no cable, although we could pull in Harrisburg TV stations with our aerial. Our picnic table appeared to be as old as Methuselah. After settling in to our site, we were sitting around enjoying a glass of wine when one of the rangers advised that there was no alcohol allowed, and suggested we retire to the inside of our coach. The problem was solved the next day by using coffee cups in stead of wine glasses! If trying to find the park, our GPS was frustrated trying to find the park. With reservations the entrance is on Route 74, 0.8 mi. east of the intersection of Routes 177 and 74. Without reservations, 2.2 miles north of that intersection on Route 177. Despite the park's inconveniences, we would not hesitate to return in the future. We camped at Gifford Pinchot State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $25.00
Nice park. Lots of hiking trails. Sites were a little close, but nothing unusual for a state park. Really liked the reservation web site. Nice to have a photo of each site available. However, renovations are in progress. The camp host visited us to let us know that the construction crew was in to drill and blast rock for a new sewer line. Well, OK...it was very quiet until the drilling commenced. Then BOOM! (It was kinda interesting, actually.) The good news was: The camp host also said that the new sewer lines were being laid to accommodate FULL hookups! Should be ready next year. Outstanding! We will be back. We camped at Gifford Pinchot State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $60.00
Excellent cabins. Easy access to the lake. Swimming area is very nice. Not too crowded over by the cabins. If you are looking for lots of activities that are associated with some campgrounds this is not the place for you. We camped at Gifford Pinchot State Park in a Campground Cabin.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $22.00
We camped here 2 week days and there were very few campers and it was great. I camped in the pet allowed area. The host told me that the campground fills quickly on weekends. Hiking trails were good for kids. There are fire rings at the site and firewood is available from the host for $5. Host and park rangers were friendly. Long sites are available and there is a dump station at the entrance. Great place to ride bicycles. We camped at Gifford Pinchot State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $25.00
We were generally quite impressed with this campground. There are lots of hiking trails (though not always well marked), planned activities for children and families, a relatively uncrowded campground beach area at the lake, boat rentals, and a number of relatively private wooded sites for tenters, many in the pet-friendly sections of the campground. Given the size of this campground, there is a great diversity in the qualities of the camping sites, which range from scenic, shaded, and spacious waterfront sites to those reminiscent of a parking lot; to avoid disappointment, check the website and/or call the park office to find out details of a particular site before you choose. The campground is ostensibly in the midst of a much needed renovation program -- bathrooms are quite old, and a number of the picnic tables appear to date from the Civil War. We camped at Gifford Pinchot State Park in a Tent.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $30.00
The park is beautiful: swimming beach, boating, great trails. We did it all and had a great time. Our site was plenty big especially when we had visitors; we had 8 people and two dogs on site without a problem. Some of the tenting sites are really amazing: parking pad on the road and then you set up camp back in the woods or up against the lake! This park is new to having pets and the rules are restrictive. You can walk them in the dog designated section, on the main road and on the trails. You are not allowed to even walk them through the other sections of the campground. Hopefully these rules will relax as they get used to having dogs in the campground. The only other complaint is that the bathhouses are old, they were clean earlier in the day but nasty towards the end. We will definitely camp here again. We loved it and so did the kids. We camped at Gifford Pinchot State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $30.00
We found this park to be OK, but nothing special. There were some nice trails to hike, but that was about it. Many of the sites are quite small, which is fine for tents and pop-ups, but not ideal for larger units. There is a big group area, and the park seemed very popular with scout troops the weekend that we were there. Overall, for the weekend rate of $30 we expected more than an small, electric-only campsite. We camped at Gifford Pinchot State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $31.00
Good camp ground while acknowledging that it is a State Park. Rates are reasonable and they are working on renovating site throughout the campground. The newer sites have flat level pads with a fire ring, table and lantern hook. Older sites have a blacktop pad that are not always level. Bathrooms are clean but utilitarian. We would stay again. We camped at Gifford Pinchot State Park in a Tent Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $30.00
Nice quiet campground. Gets VERY busy on weekends. We used this campground as a base camp for Gettysburg and Hershey. Lots of trails to hike on, some are not marked though. Could use a little more playground equipment in area A though. Roads are paved, camping pads are gravel. Restrooms are OK and could use a bit of updating. We would stay here again. We camped at Gifford Pinchot State Park in a Tent Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $27.00
This was "home base" for our trip to Gettysburg one one day and our drive into Philadelphia on the next. We had Site 107 which was a nice, generally level, hard driveway with picnic table and firepit. All was in good condition. Campsite was quite adequate in size. There was room for our MH in the back-in site and room for our CRV before the MH. Bathrooms were older and ours were clean, others were not quite as well maintained. Don't go to the park office when arriving, rather go directly to the campground at the SE corner of the park. Our Garmin took us on the very narrow and winding roads, better routes exists (look at your map and stay on the main highways). I had decent cellular and data coverages in the park. Were I coming to this part of PA again, I'd stay here in a moment. We camped at Gifford Pinchot State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $30.00
This is a very nice campground with lots of families. There are activities for the kids, for example the weekend we were there, they had a bug hunt by the nature center in the day use area of the park. The campground has its own beach. The beach is nice and the lake water was warm. Bring an umbrella for shade because there is not much shade on the beach. The bathhouses were clean but there was no soap for hand washing so be sure to bring some in with you.Our site, #141 in the A loop was nice and shaded but the fire pit on our site was located close to the campground road. We would have preferred it to be closer to our camper and picnic table. This was probably due to a large tree that was on our site, because the other sites nearby had the fire pit located in a better spot. There was poison ivy everywhere but it was easily avoided so we had no problem with it. There was lots of wildlife to see. We saw three large owls in the trees behind our campsite, and a black rat snake in the campsite next to ours. We also spotted a black rat snake near the nature center. The kids found a salamander. There were lots of chipmunks, too. We will definitely come back. We camped at Gifford Pinchot State Park in a Tent Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $23.00
Really nice campground. We are regulars here. The park rangers have been around for us and other guest when ever there has been a problem with any kids causing problems with other kids. The bathrooms are situated close enough for easy access for use. They don't give you one bath house for 50 people or more to use. The bath houses also give you an area inside the shower stall to get dressed in privacy. We camped at Gifford Pinchot State Park in a Tent.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $30.00
Camped 14th - 16th of May. The weather was perfect. Bugs were hard to find. Showers and bath house were clean in section B. Campground host was very friendly. The DNR personnel made rounds on foot, in car, and ATV. This was our first time here and it was very pleasant. There seemed to be about 100 kids which was good for our kids to play with. The Frisbee golf courses were not groomed so we were not able to play. We did not bring our bikes and that was a big mistake. BRING YOU BIKE! We had great camping neighbors. We will make another trip later this year. We camped at Gifford Pinchot State Park in a Tent Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $28.00
This was our 1st stay at this park. Very clean and nice, would stay here again. We had site 113 and had the lake behind us. We watched the fish jumping and splashing. It offered the usual picnic table and fire pit. My only complaint is people. two sites down there were 4 adults. I don't know why but they decided to start playing their instruments and singing most of the night. I know shame on me for not saying anything but you never know who or what yo are dealing with. We camped at Gifford Pinchot State Park in a Truck Camper.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $25.00
If you are looking for more rustic camping then this is your place. The campground itself is nice, just not great. The sites have a asphalt pad which is nice and most sites are heavily wooded and private. We had a lakefront site though you couldn't tell because of all the tree's. If all of the smaller trees were cut in a 12ft path to the lake the view would be priceless. The bathrooms are cleaned by "host campers", our bathroom was always clean, its just very old and dingy. There are no paper towels, hand dryers or soap, so make sure you bring something to clean your hands after. The picnic tables were old and rotted in our section but they looked new in others. The park was quite at night and seemed to be 95% families. This park is about 40 min to gettysburg, 1 hr to Hershey, 50 min to Lancaster county (Amish country) and 1.5 hours to downtown Baltimore. We camped at Gifford Pinchot State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
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