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Tracts of land that are acquired and maintained by governmental entities and made available to the public as places of beauty or for recreation.

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Bird Watching Field TripsConococheague Audubon Society takes many field trips throughout the year. Visit the website to see a list of planned trips. Please contact the leader in advance if you plan to go on a trip. Times listed are departure times; please arrive early. Most (but not all) trips are scheduled on Saturdays. If you cannot go on the scheduled day, please contact the leader for a potential mid-week option as he/she scouts the area in advance of the scheduled trip. The group also meets the second Monday each month, September through May at the Community Center at Norlo Park in Guilford Township near Fayetteville. Program topics focus on birds, wildlife and conservation. The website lists the topic for each program. FranklinConococheague Audubon SocietyConococheague Audubon Society
City of AllentownCity government responsible for administration and management of city finances and services. Departments include Zoning and Planning, Community/Economic Development, Emergency Services, Health Bureau, Parks and Recreation, Recycling and Solid Waste, Public Works and Police.LehighCity of AllentownCity of Allentown
City of BethlehemCity government responsible for administration and management of city finances and services. Departments include Zoning and Planning, Community/Economic Development, Emergency Services, Health Bureau, Parks and Recreation, Recycling and Solid Waste, Public Works and Police. Open door policy allowing citizens to drop into Bethlehem City Hall the second Monday of each month from 9:00am to 11:00am and 1:00pm to 3:00pm to speak with Mayor Robert Donchez. Chats will last 15 minutes. Available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Limited to one visit each month. Located on the 2nd Floor of Building B.NorthamptonCity of BethlehemCity of Bethlehem
City of EastonCity government responsible for administration and management of city finances and services. Departments include Zoning and Planning, Community/Economic Development, Emergency Services, Health Bureau, Parks and Recreation, Recycling and Solid Waste, Public Works and Police.NorthamptonCity of EastonCity of Easton
City of Reading - Citizens Service CenterExists to serve citizens by educating and addressing municipal questions and needs. This can be done in one of three ways: through our Treasury Office, Call Center or Website. - Treasury Office: Accepts payment of all City of Reading bills and fees except water (RAWA) bills. Allows walk-ins and processes payments received by all City of Reading departments. Additionally, Treasury posts payments to applicable accounts, and provides account balances upon request. - Call Center: Manages the city toll-free phone number. Answers citizens questions and responds to citizens request. Log missed trash and recycling occurrences. Accept calls in English and Spanish. • The City's Fire and Rescue Department is providing free smoke detectors, complete temporary installations and fire prevention literature to approved applicants. Please call for more information. - Citizens’ Action Center: Designed for citizens to personally ask a question or pick up documents. Provides: •Provides all trash, recycling, public works and tax forms to the public •Reviews applications for Senior Citizen recycling rebates •Accepts completed trash applications and cancellations •Accepts completed Business Privilege applications and payments •Issues or Renews Business Privilege Licenses •Reviews and processes Business Privilege Tax returns •Sets up new Per Capita accounts, load fees and accept payments •Problem resolution •Requests for Recycling Bins •Provides Trash and Recycling certifications •General Information about municipal servicesBerksCity of ReadingCity of Reading
Codorus State ParkYorkCodorus State ParkPennsylvania State Parks, York County
County RecreationRecreational activities including jogging, festivals, concerts, historic mansion tours; environmental education; parks; maintenance and development technical assistance; recreation technical assistance.DauphinDauphin County Parks & Recreation DepartmentDauphin County Parks & Recreation Department
Gifford Pinchot State ParkYorkGifford Pinchot State ParkPennsylvania State Parks, York County
Jacobsburg Environmental Educational CenterOffers environmental education programs, including preschool environmental awareness programs, high school level environmental problem solving programs, historical programs, teacher workshops and public interpretive programs. Once the site where the famous Henry Rifle was made, the Jacobsburg National Historic District lies almost entirely within the park. Henry's Woods offers very scenic hikes and the rest of the center grounds have multi-use trails.NorthamptonJacobsburg Environmental Educational CenterPennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Kings Gap Environmental Education Center2,531 acres for hiking and other nature-related activities; environmental programs. Open sunrise to sunset. Offers environmental education and recreational programs for preschool through adult.CumberlandKings Gap Environmental Education CenterKings Gap Environmental Education Center
Lancaster County Department of Parks & RecreationPrograms/services include: - Reservation requests for camp sites and pavilions - Rents garden plots - Offers a variety of recreational, cultural and in-service training programs for teachers. - Offers an annual Christmas tree recycling program - Operates Shuts Environmental Library and Resource Center and the Lancaster County Environmental Center - Also maintains a public swimming pool located in Central Park - Maintains a disc-golf (Frisbee) course in Buchmiller Park - Garden of Five Senses with Braille Trail Park areas include: - Buchmiller, Central, Chickies Rock, Speedwell Forge, and Money Rocks Parks - The Conewago and Lancaster Junction Recreation Trails, The Conestoga Greenway - The Theodore Parker Natural Area Park Rangers are responsible for various visitor services, law enforcement duties and park security. They provide the public with highly visible staff to assist in the following areas: - General park information - Medical emergencies - Special event security - Park ordinance enforcement - Park history LancasterLancaster County Department of Parks & RecreationLancaster County Department of Parks & Recreation
National Park Service/Northeast RegionComprises 391 areas covering more than 84 million acres in every state (except Delaware), the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. National Park Service Headquarters: National Park Service 1849 C Street NW Washington, DC 20240National Park Service/Northeast RegionNational Park Service/Northeast Region
Norlo Park Native Plants GardenNorlo Park is managed by Guilford Township. Conococheague Audubon has office space in the farmhouse, holds meetings in the community center, and established and cares for a native plants garden near the farmhouse.FranklinConococheague Audubon SocietyConococheague Audubon Society
PA Recreation and Leisure HelplineThis help line serves individuals with disabilities as an information and referral help line to connect individuals with disabilities with accessible, inclusive recreational activities. By calling the Recreation and Leisure Line individuals can receive information and referrals on available activities and facilities that are accessible and inclusive.DauphinHelplinesPennsylvania Department of Human Services
Recreation and Parks Bureau, York CityRecreation at area playgrounds (June-August) and at area centers Discount amusement tickets Issue of park-use permits Tree disease diagnosis & tree removal Senior citizen programs (free) After-school youth programs, October-March Athletic leagues & tournaments Miniature golf 848-8386 Automatic batting cages Other special events 23 parks with play equipment, picnic areas, tennis courts, trails, etc. New Years Eve Revolution York Street Fair Bike Night YorkYork City Recreation and Parks BureauCity of York
Riverfront Parks CommitteeThe mighty Susquehanna River gave rise to the City of Wilkes-Barre. Now, our relationship with it is being reborn through the Riverfront Parks. In 1991, a group of visionary citizens, local business leaders and city government representatives banded together to form the Riverfront Parks Committee, an incorporated non-profit. Since that time, the Committee has developed an ambitious master plan, designed to reunite the people of the Wyoming Valley with the river through recreation and environmental education programming.LuzerneRiverfront Parks CommitteeRiverfront Parks Committee
Sam Lewis State ParkYorkSam Lewis State ParkPennsylvania State Parks, York County
Trexler Nature PreserveA nature preserve offering educational programs, as well as outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, mountain biking, nature watching, picnicking, fishing and hunting.LehighTrexler Nature PreserveTrexler Nature Preserve
York County Department of Parks and Recreation, Apollo ParkApollo Park was donated to the county in 1969 by P. H. Gladfelter and named in honor of the 1969 Apollo moon landing. Apollo Park was originally two parcels of mostly forested and very wild river hill country joined together to create this 340 acre park located east of New Bridgeville in southeast York County. The park is a fine example of beautiful Susquehanna River hills habitat: rhododendron, mountain laurel-covered valleys that cut into sharp, heavily-forested slopes falling down to the river. In addition, several clear streams (Wilson Run and Boyd Run) cut through the valleys on their way to the Susquehanna River. Directions: Boyd Rd Parking lot Address: 4925 Boyd Road, Brogue PA 17309 From Red Lion, follow Burkholder Rd. east to New Bridgeville. Take Rt. 425 east for 3.5 miles; Boyd Road Parking Lot: Turn left on Boyd Rd. Follow to end of the dirt road. Shanks Ferry Road Parking Lot: Turn left on Shanks Ferry Rd. Parking lot is about 1/2 mile on left. • Trails - Open to mountain biking and horseback riding. The parking lots are currently too small to accommodate horse trailers. • Fishing- Fishing is permitted in the Susquehanna River as well as in Wilson Run which flows through the park. All Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission regulations apply. • Hunting- Is allowed by Parks Permit only. Contact the Administrative Headquarters for information concerning the permit. • Winter Activities- Include cross country skiing and snow shoeing, as weather permits.YorkYork County Department of Parks and RecreationParks and Recreation, York County Government
York County Department of Parks and Recreation, Heritage Rail Trail ParkHeritage Rail Trail County Park Railroad tracks are now active! Attention Rail Trail users, the adjoining railroad tracks are now active. The Steam into History excursion train is using the railroad tracks along the Rail Trail. (From New Freedom to Hanover Junction Train Station). Expect to see a train at any time while enjoying a trip on the trail. Where the trail crosses the railroad tracks, check both directions before proceeding. For those interested in Steam into History click here for the train schedule •Directions (two parking areas but please, see website for more stops along the way): Hanover Junction Train Station Address: 2433 Seven Valleys Rd, Seven Valleys PA 17360 •New Freedom Train Station Address: 117 North Main Street, New Freedom PA 17349 •Print directions to all parking lots from our website! •Features: Established in 1992 and covering 176 acres, the Heritage Rail Trail County Park is 21 miles long and runs north from the Mason Dixon line just south of the Borough of New Freedom through Glen Rock, Hanover Junction, and Seven Valleys, through the Howard Tunnel to the Colonial Courthouse in the City of York. The trail connects to Maryland's Torrey C. Brown Trail. The Northern Extension portion of the Heritage Rail Trail begins at John Rudy Park and heads south to Loucks Mill Rd, about 4 miles. Then, in Spring of 2019, a new section from Loucks Mill Road to Small’s Field in York will be completed. In addition to the Colonial Courthouse, three historic structures are located on the trail; Hanover Junction and New Freedom Train Stations and Howard Tunnel. Since the railway is operational, please stay clear of tracks at all times and cross only at established crossings. •Activities: The most popular activities on the trail are hiking, jogging, bicycle riding, and horseback riding. Please note horseback riding is not permitted in all areas. Join us this summer for our Sunset Scramble bike rides and Moonlight Bike rides. More information can be found on our website at You can visit the train station museums at Hanover Junction and New Freedom Train Stations during the summer months. Please visit our website for hours more information: YorkYork County Department of Parks and RecreationParks and Recreation, York County Government
York County Department of Parks and Recreation, Highpoint Scenic Vista and Recreation Area79 acres of scenic meadowlands located on top of a hill over-looking the Susquehanna River. This park was created in 2007 and provides spectacular views of the Susquehanna River. The 193-mile Mason-Dixon Trail runs through the park. Directions: ADDRESS: 1199 Hilts Road, Wrightsville, PA 17368 From ROUTE 30 (east or west): EXIT @ Wrightsville (to RT. 462) TURN south on Cool Springs Road to traffic light for .7 miles PROCEED (south) straight through traffic light (crossing over Route 462) TURN LEFT on Knights View Road for .9 miles TURN LEFT on Hilts Road PARKING LOT on immediate right. TOTAL TIME FROM ROUTE 30 IS 10 MINUTES Facilities: Restroom, hiking trail, scenic views, picnic tables, bird watching and fountain (at top of hill). Features: Hiking Trail: ADA ½ mile trail from parking lot to top of hill. The trail has a gentle incline from parking lot to top. Rock benches are spaced along the trail for hikers convenienceYorkYork County Department of Parks and RecreationParks and Recreation, York County Government
York County Department of Parks and Recreation, John C. Rudy ParkJohn C. Rudy County Park is located in East Manchester Township, near Emigsville. Totalling 150 acres, it features pavilions, sports fields, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, open recreational space, a cross-country running trail, a BMX track and the popular Canine Meadows Off-Leash Dog Area. It is also home to the Parks Administrative Offices, located in a 1798 stone house, the maintenance headquarters, Penn State Master Gardener Trial Gardens, and numerous other buildings. The land was donated in 1973 by George B. Rudy and Viola Rudy Williams in memory of their grandparents, John and Mary Rudy. •Softball and Soccer Fields - Three regulation softball fields and five regulation soccer fields can be reserved for a fee. Fields are closed during "wet conditions". Call the Park's Headquarters, for up-to-date field conditions or visit the Park’s Facebook or Twitter pages. •Canine Meadows Off-Leash Dog Area Three large fenced in areas where dogs can run off leash. Open every day. Review regulations posted at site. •Horseshoe Pits - Horseshoe pits are located near the pavilions. •Sand Volleyball Courts - Three sand volleyball courts are located in the park. •5K Cross Country Course - The 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) grass course covers nearly every park corner. •Playgrounds - Four ADA playgrounds •Multi-purpose Trails - A 1+ mile paved trail is open to biking, hiking, jogging, and rollerblading. Trail is stroller and wheelchair accessible. Horses are not allowed on the trail or within the park. •Picnic Tables - Picnic tables are located in the shade of large trees, perfect for quiet picnics. •Pavilion and Gazebo Rental - 11 ADA Pavilions and one gazebo may be rented for a fee. Pavilion capacity ranges from 75 - 200 persons. Ensure availability by making reservations in advance by calling the Administrative Headquarters or reserving online on our Pavilion rental portion of the website. Fees are non-refundable. •Winter Sports - Sledding and cross-country skiing. •Life Trail Exercise Stations– Ten outdoor Wellness Stations provide well-rounded fitness programs for active adults. •Bumps & Berms BMX Club - This group sponsors bicycle racing on their special dirt track. The track can only be used during ABA sanctioned events. •York County Astronomical Society - This group operates the observatory in the park. Visit their website at: County Department of Parks and RecreationParks and Recreation, York County Government
York County Department of Parks and Recreation, Native LandsNative Lands is a 187-acre property of which 93 acres are designated as park land with a 6' wide mowed trail traversing the property from north to south. The mowed trail serves the park users in accessing the property from three different trailheads. The trail is named the Native Lands Heritage Trail. The trail also served for the relocation of the Mason-Dixon Trail from the Long Level Road onto the County's property from Bank Hill Road to Klines Run Park and coincides with the Native Lands Heritage Trail. •Trailhead: Native Lands Heritage Trail Open to the public from dawn to dusk •Please Enjoy: Hiking Mason-Dixon Trail, Kite Flying, The View, Nature Walk, Bird watching •Native Lands Heritage Trail Waystop guide: Use the self guided tour (located inside the park brochure) to learn more about the past history of this park while you hike along the trail. YorkYork County Department of Parks and RecreationParks and Recreation, York County Government
York County Department of Parks and Recreation, P. Joseph Raab ParkFrom 1854 through 1888, the 72 acres of land known as the York Iron Co. Mine site, was one of 170 iron ore mines in York County. The mine was part of an 1800's iron ore boom that produced some of the best iron ore, called "Codorus Ore," in the area. The mine stopped operations in 1888. The land was later used as agricultural land, with seven acres as a landfill site. The landfill was reclaimed in the late 1980's and early 1990's and donated to the county by Modern Landfill and Recycling, a Waste Management company. •Inhabitants: The former iron ore mines are home to four species of bats that live in the same environment. A bat gate was constructed in cooperation with the PA Game Commission and Wildlife Conservation Fund to protect the hibernating inhabitants of Raab Park. •Parking & Trails: There is 1 parking area available and 1.5 miles of trails. NO bikes or horses allowed in park. YorkYork County Department of Parks and RecreationParks and Recreation, York County Government
York County Department of Parks and Recreation, Richard M. Nixon ParkRichard M. Nixon Park, located in Springfield Township, features a 14,000-square-foot Nature Center. Nestled on 187 acres of meadow, wetland,woodland and aquatic habitats Nixon Park supports a wide variety of plant and animal life. •Hiking Trails: There are over six miles of trails. Bikes, horses and pets are not allowed on the trails. •Nature Center: Full-time Naturalists staff the center and offer guided nature walks and programs to pre-scheduled groups. If you would like to schedule a program for your group visit the education section of the website for more information. The center is ADA accessible. The Nature Center is open Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30am – 4 :30pm, and Sunday, 12:00pm-4:30pm. Closed Mondays and most holidays. •Theme Weekends: Throughout the year different theme weekends occur focusing on different nature topics such as Maple Sugar Weekend, Great Backyard Bird Count Weekend, Reptile Week and more. Please, view events calendar for upcoming events. Website below. YorkYork County Department of Parks and RecreationParks and Recreation, York County Government
York County Department of Parks and Recreation, Rocky Ridge Park•Multi-Use Trails: Over twelve miles of trails are open to hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. •Scenic Observation Decks: There are two observation decks located in the park. One deck is located on the north side of the park and offers a panoramic view of the Susquehanna Valley (ADA accessible). The other deck is located on the south side of the park and offers a view of the York Valley. • Nature Fun Zone: Located in Hidden Laurel picnic area. Nature playground, gives kids ages 2-12 a fenced in area where they can play with nature. The area features different zones such as a digging zone, a climbing zone, a quite zone, a building zone and more. •Fitness Trail: The trail starts in Hidden Laurel Picnic Area and ends at the observation deck on the north side of the park. There are 20 exercise stations scattered throughout this half-mile, cinder, all-weather trail. •Hunting: Limited hunting is allowed with special permit issued by the Parks Office. •Horseshoe Pits: Located in Hidden Laurel and Oak Timbers picnic areas. •Pavilion Rentals: Eleven pavilions can be rented for a nominal fee. Capacity ranges from 50 - 200 persons. Located near parking lots and restrooms. All are ADA accessible. Gazebos are available for a fee. For more information, visit our pavilion rentals page. •Christmas Magic, "A Festival of Lights": This event is a park sponsored spectacular 600,000+ multi-colored light show. It features a one-half mile walking trail that winds through Oak Timbers Picnic Area with stops in heated pavilions. Refreshments are available. The trail opens the Friday after Thanksgiving and remains open until December 31st. (Closed December 24 and 25) YorkYork County Department of Parks and RecreationParks and Recreation, York County Government
York County Department of Parks and Recreation, Spring Valley Park868 acres made of old agricultural fields and an uneven aged forest. •Multi-Use Trails: There are over five miles of trails throughout the park. Horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking are permitted on all trails. Trails are closed to mountain biking and horseback riders during "wet conditions," as determined by park rangers. •Animal Activity Area: Two horse show rings and one practice ring can be rented for a nominal fee or each one can be rented separately. All three rings are locked except on the day of rental. Numerous equestrian shows are held during the spring and summer. A schedule of events and a price listing sheet can be obtained from the Parks Office. The trails and roadways within the park offer over 12 miles of riding area and is suitable for everything from English and Western pleasure to barrel racing, pole bending and jumping. •Pavilion Rentals: One pavilion is available for rent. For more information, visit out pavilion rentals page. •Fishing: All Pa. Fish Commission Regulations do apply. •Fish for Fun Area: This one acre pond contains catfish, panfish and a number of small bass. •East Branch of the Codorus Creek: It is a trout approved stream that is stocked several times in the spring by the Pa. Fish Commission and the Izaak Walton League. •Hunting: Limited types of hunting is allowed in certain areas of the park by special parks permit only. YorkYork County Department of Parks and RecreationParks and Recreation, York County Government
York County Department of Parks and Recreation, Wallace-Cross Mill Historic SiteWallace-Cross Mill is a restored 1826 water-powered grist mill located near Cross Roads, East Hopewell Township. Wallace-Cross Mill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. Harry Cross, the last operator of the mill presented the building to York County in 1979. •Tours: Public open houses are scheduled June to October. For further information or to schedule a private tour, call 717-840-7440. •Upcoming Events: See our Events Calendar. •Friends Group: The Friends of Wallace-Cross Mill was formed in 1999 to oversee the programs at the newly restored mill. Today the group conducts open houses at the mill from June through October, conducts fundraisers, and plans the future for the mill. For more information visit the Friends Group Webpage.YorkYork County Department of Parks and RecreationParks and Recreation, York County Government
York County Department of Parks and Recreation, William H. Kain Park•Fishing: Fish types are Crappy, Sunfish, Catfish, Large Mouth Bass, Pike, Muskie, and Stripers. Both Lakes are designated as Big Bass Lakes by the Pa. Fish Commission. •Boating: Rentals are available on Lake Redman (rowboats, paddle boats, canoes, standup paddleboards, Aquabikes, and kayaks). For more detailed information, visit our Boat Rental page. •Boating Rules and Regulations: For Rules and Regulations, visit our Main Parks page. •Launching: Lake Williams offers 1 boat launch. It has limited space for trailer parking. Gas motors cannot be used. - Lake Redman offers 2 boat launches. Gas motors may not be used. Night boating open year around. Trailers are not permitted at the Sparton Road Boat launch. •Pavilion Rentals: Five pavilions are available for a nominal fee at Lake Redman. Reservations should be made in advance by calling the County Parks Office or visiting the pavilion rental page of our website to reserve online.. The Stage is available for $20 per hour or $55 per day. The Gazebo is available for $20 per hour or $55 per day. For information about rentals, visit our pavilion rentals page. •Hunting: Limited hunting is allowed with special permits. Contact the parks office for up-to-date information. •Horseshoe Pits: Horseshoe pits are located near pavilions. •Playground: Located near Pavilion area at Lake Redman. •Volleyball: One court is available near Pavilion area at Lake Redman. •Multi-use Trails: There are over 12 miles of marked trails. Horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking are permitted on all trails. Trails are closed to mountain bikers and horseback riders during "wet conditions," as determined by Park Rangers. For current conditions, check out the Park’s Facebook or Twitter page, call the Parks Office at (717) 840-7440 for trail updates (available 24 hours a day), or refer to trail open/closed signs located along park entrance areas. Remember hikers yield to horseback riders and bikers yield to both hikers and horseback riders. •Radio Controlled Airplanes: A radio controlled airplane landing strip is located off South Pleasant Ave. All "fliers" must belong to the Prop Buster Radio Control Club YorkYork County Department of Parks and RecreationParks and Recreation, York County Government

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