In the gently sloping hills of southern York County Pennsylvania is Codorus State Park. The 3,490-acre park has camping, boating, fishing, a 54-hole disc golf course and the largest swimming pool in the state. The pool has an electric chair lift and ramp to accommodate people with disabilities.
Picnic tables are throughout the park with two pavilions for up to 70 people for rental. Three designated picnic areas in the park have restrooms and charcoal grills. The campground has 190 campsites open from April to November. There are electric hook ups, warm showers and flush toilets. A limited number of campground sites are equipped for disabled campers. Three cottages accommodate five occupants.
The park has trails totaling 19 miles. LaHo trail is 1.5 miles following Wildasin Flats shoreline. The eastern trail portion includes Wildasin Cemetery with a 1722 tombstone. Beginning on a wetland boardwalk Mary Ann Furnace trail is 3.5 miles climbing through a forested area. A seven-mile long horse trail is on the parks west side. On the northern shore of the park is a designated 195 acres Mountain Biking Area. Its route traverses forested areas with short hill climbs.
Artificial 1,275-acre Lake Marburg is within the park with 26 miles of shoreline. A marina day use area overlooks the lake with a picnic area. Swimming in the lake is prohibited. Lake Marburg permits canoes, kayaks, motorboats and sailboats registered by the state. Seven boat launches are placed around the lake. A rental facility offers canoes, kayaks and paddleboat for rental until Labor Day.
Lake Marburg’s diverse fish species attract many fishermen. There are bluegill, catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike, and yellow perch. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boating Commission plant rainbow and brown trout for fishing on Codorus Creek east branch.
Hunting and trapping is permitted on 2,800 acres in the park during the established season. Common game species include deer, pheasant, rabbit, squirrel and waterfowl. Ground hogs are protected species. Waterfowl hunting is popular with 15 duck blinds awarded for use each year. Firearms are limited to short-range weapons of muzzleloader, shotgun, and bow.
Hanover is 3.6 miles west of Codorus State Park. It is a borough of 15,289 population that is southwest of York and 54 miles northwest of Baltimore Maryland. It is 5 miles north of the historic Mason Dixon Line. It was first settled about 1730 by Irish nobleman John Digges. York is a city of 43,718 that is 19 miles north east of Hanover.
Codorus State Park is over a 5 hour drive of 307 miles from Rochester NY. Drive on route 15 south passing into Pennsylvania all the way to Harrisburg. Then US 83 south to York, route 39 west then south on route 194 to Hanover, and route 216 east to Codorus State Park.
Here is a visitor’s impression of the park,
This is a park to enjoy for years to come. Want a real experience-go here!!!!