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This trail follows the entire perimeter of the lake at Gifford Pinchot State Park.


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8.6

Miles

13.8

KM

Loop

537' 164 m

High

436' 133 m

Low

341' 104 m

Up

342' 104 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views

Family Friendly It's a very low grade trail, and though over 8 miles in total length, kids could easily hike shorter portions of the trail. It is not a challenging trail.

Description

The longest single trail in Gifford Pinchot State Park, the Lakeside Trail follows along the perimeter of the man-made lake (Pinchot Lake). It's a low grade, but can be muddy from time to time. Along the way, enjoy great views of the lake. The trail also crisscrosses over other trails throughout the park. Some portions are paved, some portions have a gravel base, but most of the trail is dirt and wooded. The trail also passes through the various day-use areas and other recreational stations throughout the park. One portion travels through the park's campground area.

Flora & Fauna

Ash, oak, and maple trees dominate the forest in this area.

Contacts

Land Manager: PA DCNR - Main Office

Shared By:

Jared Washburn

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#636

in Pennsylvania

#26,788

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Nice scenic area to take pictures. Be sure to visit the large rocks along the shoreline at this point.
Mar 4, 2020 near Dover, PA

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Aug 9, 2020
Martini Doziér
Feb 24, 2019
Troy Shullick
Most of the trail was underwater due to recent snow melt. Very well marked and would be a nice hike when it’s dry. 8.6mi
Jul 30, 2017
Michele Sweger
3.7mi
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