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Description - Samuel S. Lewis State Park consists of 71 acres on top of a 885 foot ridge separating Kreutz Creek Valley and East Prospect Valley. The park is the highest point in the area and offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Susquehanna River and the towns and fertile farmlands that border it. A wayside exhibit and coin operated viewing scope help interpret the panoramic view. This small park has beautifully maintained open fields, sun and shade picnic tables, a few picnic shelters, two small hiking trails, a large area for flying kites and a ball field and playground for children. Viewing opportunities include an interesting rock outcropping.

Nearby attractions include the picturesque Pennsylvania Amish and Mennonite farms of Lancaster County and the historic city of York.

Attractions - The park consists of 71 acres on top of a 885 foot ridge separating Kreutz Creek Valley and East Prospect Valley. The park is the highest point in the area and offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Susquehanna River and the towns and fertile farmlands that border it. A wayside exhibit and coin operated viewing scope help interpret the panoramic view.

Samuel S. Lewis State Park was named in honor of S. S. Lewis, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Forests and Waters from 1951-1954. Mr. Lewis acquired the original tract of 35 acres at the summit of Mt. Pisgah and donated this land to the Commonwealth. The Department of Forests and Waters purchased additional land setting the boundaries of the park as they exist at present. The park was opened to the public on July 4, 1954.

Recreation - This small park has beautifully maintained open fields, sun and shade picnic tables, a few picnic shelters, two small hiking trails, a large area for flying kites and a ball field and playground for children. Viewing opportunities include an interesting rock outcropping.

Nearby attractions include the picturesque Pennsylvania Amish and Mennonite farms of Lancaster County and the historic city of York.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. This area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging above 28 degrees Fahrenheit (above -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range above 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius).

Location - Samuel s. Lewis State Park is located in the southeastern area of the state in York County approximately 12 miles east of York, Pennsylvania. From the Wrightsville exit on US 30 follow Cool Creek Road south approximately 1.5 miles to Mt. Pisgah Road and the park.


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Contact Information:
Samuel S. Lewis State Park, c/o Gifford Pinchot State Park, 2200 Rosstown Road , Lewisberry, PA, 17339-9787, Phone: 717-432-5011
, gpinchot@dcnr.state.pa.us

Additional Information:
Hershey / Dutch Country Area - History and natural delights intermingle with the hand-plowed farm fields of the Amish and the scent of the Hershey Chocolate Factory.
Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests - Pennsylvania is known for producing some of the most valuable hardwood timber in the world. The 2.1 million acres of state forest land are protected from fire, destructive insects and diseases while offering a beautiful recreation environment for the visitor. Pennsylvania's State Park system offers visitors year-round recreational enjoyment as well. Amenities include: camping, picnicking, hiking, an assortment of winter sports and the viewing of the natural biological diversity and ecosystems found within the Commonwealth.

Links:
Pennsylvania State Parks - Official agency website

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