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Top Parks to Visit in Lancaster County


Lancaster County is a picturesque area, rich in history, local culture and scenic outdoor spaces. Our eight county parks, which together total more than 2000 acres, each offer countless opportunities for nature-lovers, adventurers and anyone else who wants to get active and enjoy the beauty of south-central Pennsylvania.

You can find details about a few of the best parks in Lancaster County below.

Lancaster County Central Park

The largest of Lancaster County parks, Central Park is named for its convenient, centralized location in Lancaster City. This 544-acre park has everything you need to enjoy your favorite outdoor activities, including the county pool, hiking and biking trails, six pavilions, tennis courts and lush gardens. 

Lancaster County Central Park is also home to the Lancaster Environmental Center and Shuts Environmental Library, where guests have the opportunity to learn about Lancaster County's nature and history.

D.F. Buchmiller County Park

The property that became D.F. Buchmiller Park was donated by its namesake in 1922. Located in West Lampeter Township, this park is known for its open lawn area and gorgeous gardens. D.F. Buchmiller Park is also home to an 18-hole disc golf course — one of only two in the county — as well as six pickleball courts, three pavilions, ball fields and winding hiking trails.

Speedwell Forge County Park

Speedwell Forge Park is part of the Hammer Creek Valley, located between Speedwell Forge Lake and the wooded state game lands near Furnace Hill. This area is relatively untouched, with hiking trails that lead guests through scenic wooded areas. Take in the diverse ecology of the area and enjoy a variety of native woodland wildflowers. Hunting and fishing are permitted in the park during the authorized seasons.

Money Rocks County Park

Money Rocks Park is named for its massive, rocky spine of boulders where it's rumored that farmers from the Pequea Valley used to stash cash. From atop the spine, you can enjoy awe-inspiring vista overlooks and take in the views of Twin Valley, farmland and distant wooded hills.

Chickies Rock County Park

Chickies Rock, the feature that gives this park its name, is a towering outcropping of quartzite rock above the Susquehanna River. From atop this overlook, you can take in the incredible view of Chiques Creek, Donegal Creek, the Susquehanna and much of northwestern Lancaster County. Chickies Rock Park is home to more than 422 acres that feature winding hiking trails, pavilions, picnic areas and ball fields.

Where to Stay During Your Visit

While you're visiting the beautiful parks of Lancaster County, you'll need a place to rest your head. Consider booking a stay at the Warehouse Hotel, a contemporary hotel conveniently located near the heart of Lancaster. 

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