Codorus State Park
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Introduction

In the smooth and beautiful hills of southern York County, Pennsylvania, you’ll find 3,500 acres of land that makes up Codorus State Park. Get out and enjoy wetlands, forests and fields that are full of wildlife. This park also features not only the Codorus Creek, but also Lake Marburg, which takes up 1,275 acres and gives park visitors 26 miles of incredible shoreline to explore. Lake Marburg is a popular spot for bird watching as well, and you’ll get to see all kinds of species, including the famous bald eagle in addition to some migratory birds. You can bet that here at the lake there’s also lots of swimming, boating, and fishing opportunities during the summer when temperatures rise into the 80’s. Don’t be fooled though, summer isn’t the only great time to visit. There is an abundance of fun activities in the winter time too, from snowmobiling and skiing, to ice skating and sledding.

This park has been serving the citizens and visitors of Pennsylvania since 1966, when the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania got this land and made it into the park it is today. You’ll never run out of things to do when you go RV camping at Codorus State Park.

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Transportation in Codorus State Park

Driving

There are no driving restrictions for RVs or large vehicles in the park, but there are roads that are closed in the winter time from the end of October to mid-April. The roads that close are the ones leading to the campground and the one leading to the pool.

Parking

Codorus state Park is very RV friendly, so there are plenty of parking areas for even the largest RVs. If the park is crowded though and general parking availability is hard to find, there is overflow parking that is open for your RV as well. Chances are that even if you’re only visiting for the day, you should have no problems with parking.

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Campgrounds and parking in Codorus State Park

Campsites in Codorus State Park

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The Campground at Codorus State Park

There are around 190 campsites at Codorus State Park that can accommodate both tents and any RVs that are under 50 feet in length. Many of these even have electric hookups that you can use. They have some accessible sites as well so almost anyone should be able to enjoy camping here.

At Codorus State Park, you’ll have the convenience of restrooms, warm showers, a dump station, and even a boat launch nearby. You can also bring your dog along with you to the campground as there is an entire loop of campsites that are dog-friendly . The campground opens each year in April and closes at the beginning of November. You’ll have access a play area and recreational trails to keep the whole family happy. Everything you need is close by when you camp at Codorus State Park.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Cottages and Yurts

Also at the campground, you’ll find three cottages and two yurts available for campers that are looking for something a little bigger or just different. Both are able to sleep up to 5 people in bunk beds. Inside these cottages and yurts, you’ll have electric heating and outlets available, along with many other useful amenities. The yurts even have a cooking stove, countertops, a refrigerator, and tables and chairs. Outside, you’ll find a fire ring and picnic table that are perfect for spending time outside at night. Both of these unique camping arrangements are ADA accessible as well. Choosing to stay in a cabin or a yurt can be a great camping experience, and a nice way to mix things up from the usual RV camping trip.

Seasonal activities in Codorus State Park

In-Season

Exploring the Trails

There are 19 total miles of trails that you can explore here in the park. Only two trails are marked for hikers only, and the rest are for multi use. You can take your bicycle out for a nice ride, or even bring your horse to go horseback riding. There are lots of options at this park.

Swimming

On a bluff above Lake Marburg, you’ll find a swimming pool and sprayground. This area is a popular attraction in the park and can get pretty crowded during peak season. It’s not nearly as bad during the weekdays though. You can get season passes at the park office as well if you plan to come often like many people do.

Boating

There are seven boat launch ramps located around Lake Marburg and they can only be used by registered campers. If you didn’t bring your own boat, you can even rent one from here. You can choose to rent a canoe, kayak, paddle boat, and even a motor boat or pontoon boat to explore the area from the water.

Fishing

Lake Marburg is the perfect place to go fishing and one of the lake's main attractions. There are too many different species of fish to name, but you can certainly identify them once you catch them. One thing to note, though, is that if you catch any bass and wish to keep it, it must be at least 15 inches long to harvest.

Picnicking

There are three areas where you can go picnicking in the park. One is near the swimming area, another is at the Marina Day Use Area, and the other is at the Main Launch Day Use Area. Each one of these picnic areas has picnic tables, grills, and restrooms nearby for your convenience.

Off-Season

Cross-Country Skiing

There are six and a half miles of trails available for cross-country skiers in the winter time. You’ll find these trails on Bankert Road, at the mountain biking area. If you’d like, you can also check out the fields all around the park and ski there. The best fields are located at the campground, marina, and main boat launch.

Snowmobiling

If you happen to be traveling with your snowmobile, you can take it out to the same places where people go cross-country skiing - the trails located at the 195-acre mountain biking area. Why not indulge your adventurous side with this exhilarating winter time activity?

Ice Skating

Ice skating can be a really fun winter activity at Codorus State Park. There's even a designated place for it in Chapel Cove. This area covers 10 acres and has bathrooms nearby. When weather conditions are at their best, lights are provided once it gets dark to prolong your time here.

Sledding

Just off of PA 216, at the upper end of Chapel Cove, you’ll find the perfect place for experienced, adult sledding. The hill that you’ll find here is 500 feet and quite steep. If you’ve never been sledding before or are traveling with young kids, consider sledding at Pigeon Hill at the Marina Day Use Area instead, where the slope is a bit milder.

Ice Fishing

During the winter, all areas of the Marburg Lake are open for ice fishers, with the exception of the area that’s set aside for ice skaters. Check general conditions and thickness of the ice to ensure it's safe and then get your lure in the water and sit back and relax.

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