Gifford Pinchot State Park Camping Trip (Campground Review)

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Gifford Pinchot Camping Trip 2015

Back in October, Ken and I went on a camping trip. I had been wanting to do a lakefront camping trip, and this spot definitely delivered!

We camped at Gifford Pinchot State Park in Pennsylvania, just outside of Harrisburg, PA. It was about a 3 hour drive from the Washington, DC area.

In this post, I’ll give a review of the campgrounds.

We booked site 116 in Loop A. We were able to make a site-specific reservation. Based on the campground map on Gifford Pinchot’s website, it appeared that that site had about the biggest unobstructed view of the lake.

What do you think? Does this count enough as lakefront for you! It sure did for us!

Lakefront campsite at Gifford Pinchot State Park in Pennsylvania Lakefront campsite at Gifford Pinchot State Park Lakefront campsite at Gifford Pinchot State Park

We arrived at night, so we couldn’t get any photos of the site empty since it was so dark. We took a picture instead after we had packed up to leave!

Site 116 at Gifford Pinchot State Park

The tent sites themselves were relatively close together, although probably not quite as close as what they were at Westmoreland State Park.

Campsites at Loop A Campsites at Loop A

Site 116 was about a 90 second walk to the restrooms.

The site itself was a little odd. There was a big slope from the parking spot to the picnic table and fire ring. It wasn’t a huge deal, but it did create some problems about where to set up the tent so that it wasn’t too close to the fire ring (which was not moveable), and there were also many elevated tree roots in the “bottom” area, which would’ve made sleeping pretty uncomfortable if we had set up the tent on tree roots. We ended up setting up the tent right next to the car. We couldn’t put up our rainfly because it was so close to the parking spot pavement. That wasn’t a huge deal, but just something to consider.

Site 116

If we went camping here again, I think I’d pick site 115 instead.

The restrooms and showers were a little rundown, but they were clean for the most part.

Restrooms at campsite Loop A Restrooms at campsite

The showers had a separate changing stall which was nice. Ken said the men’s room had the same thing. Water pressure and hot water were both great.

Restrooms at campsite Restrooms at campsite Restrooms at campsite Restrooms at campsite

There were two utility sinks outside the restroom building, which were great for washing dishes.

Utility sinks

One thing that was kinda weird was that there’s no option to turn on the lights in the restroom after 10AM. Even though it is daylight outside, the restroom building was still pretty dark inside.

The campground was also home to a lovely little beach area.

Beach at Gifford Pinchot State Park campsite Beach at Gifford Pinchot State Park campsite

The beach was very close to our site. In fact, we’d pass it on our walk to the restrooms.

Overall, this was a great campsite.

I’ll give an overview of what else we did during our camping weekend in the next few posts, but in the meantime, check out this foggy lake morning from our site!

Foggy lake sunrise

1 Comment

  1. Melanie   •  

    Thanks for the post! We’re camping here- exact same site- this weekend. Was fun to stumble upon your post and see pictures and read your comments!

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