Codorus State Park RV & Campground Guide

Pennsylvania

In southern Pennsylvania, on the shores of Lake Marburg, you’ll find Codorus State Park, 3,500-acre park with scenic lakeside views amid rolling hills and pine forests. Visitors come to the park for boating and fishing on Lake Marburg, while others prefer hiking, biking, and horseback riding on trails through wetlands and forests or splashing around the swimming pool. Winter kicks off a new round of activities at Codorus State Park such as ice skating on Lake Marburg and cross-country skiing over snow-blanketed trails.

Codorus State Park opened in 1970, when the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania acquired the lands to create a state park. However, the park’s history starts before then, when P.H. Glatfelter Paper Company built a dam across Codorus Creek — the park’s namesake — to create the reservoir waters of Lake Marburg in 1966. The lake was intended for public recreation, as well as to provide drinking water for nearby residents and supply water to the company’s paper plant. 

Open year-round, Codorus State Park is ideal for anyone looking to enjoy recreational activities surrounded by scenic views of Lake Marburg and forested hillsides. Read further for what to do in and around the park as you plan your trip.

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Weather
Spring 35-62 F
Summer 55-83 F
Fall 34-64 F
Winter 13-46 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Codorus State Park

As you plan your getaway to Codorus State Park, you will need to research where to stay. Do you want to find a hotel or motel? Or search for home shares nearby? Or would you rather rough it in a tent? If you’re not convinced by these options, then consider another: staying in an RV. 

RVs are a fun, convenient way to enjoy the beauty of state parks without giving up modern amenities like A/C and comfortable beds. Plus, you can travel at your own pace with everything you need in tow! With RVshare, renting an RV has never been easier. Close to Codorus State Park, RVshare has rentals in York and Harrisburg, which you take to nearby campgrounds including:

Codorus State Park Campground

Open April to October, the park’s campground has 198 sites with electric hookups available. Situated near Lake Marburg, the campground is the perfect place to recharge after a day of playing on the lake, swimming in the pool, and hiking nature trails. Rates are $28 per night.

  • Water hookup: No
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wifi: No
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Restrooms, nature trails, disc golf, pool, hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, boat launch, equipment rentals, dumping station

Gettysburg Farm RV Campground

Deep in Pennsylvania’s farm country, this campground doubles as both a restful campsite and working farm! Whether you want to lounge poolside, feed the farm animals, or go explore Hanover and Gettysburg, this campground has what you need. Rates are $58 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Clubhouse, laundromat, playground, mini golf, sports courts, nature trails, pool, hiking, fishing, swimming, dog park, dumping station

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What to Do at
Codorus State Park

Inside Codorus State Park

Lake Marburg is one of the main attractions at Codorus State Park. Visitors can enjoy boating and fishing during the summer and ice skating and ice fishing during the winter. Around the lake, visitors can also hike and mountain bike along the forested trails, play 54 holes of disc golf, and watch for native and migratory birds. From May to October, the park hosts educational programs, including campfire nights, meteor watch parties, and guided hikes.

Here are more details on the park’s most popular activities:

Hiking, Biking, and Horseback Riding - Over 19 miles of trails criss-cross the park, perfect for exploring on foot, bike, or horseback. Hikers can trek over miles of wetlands and deciduous forests on the Mary Ann Furnace Trail. Cyclists can explore the 195-acre mountain biking area, which features short climbs over hilly terrain. There are also several miles of bridle trails open to equestrians.

Water Sports - Lake Marburg is popular for all types of boating. Launch your vessel from one of the seven ramps or visit the boathouse to rent canoes, kayaks, and other boats. Anglers can fish for bluegill, catfish, and bass at Lake Marburg or cast a line for trout in Codorus Creek. 

Swimming - Swimming in Lake Marburg is not allowed, but the park’s swimming pool and sprayground offer plenty of fun for everyone. Summertime signals the opening of the snack bar, as well as weekend crowds, so be warned! Fees are required to enter. 

Wildlife Watching -  The park’s different habitats make it ideal for wildlife watching. Migrating waterfowl and shorebirds are attracted to Lake Marburg, as are ospreys, eagles, and coots. The surrounding plains and forests are home to white-tailed deer, bluebirds, thrushes, and other wildlife.

Winter Sports - During the winter, the fun continues! Ice fishing is available on Lake Marburg, except near the ice skating area by Chapel Cove. The park’s snow-covered terrain is open for cross-country sledding, snowmobiling, and sledding.

Outside Codorus State Park

Close to the park, the city of Hanover is known for its Civil War history, beautiful Neoclassical architecture, top-notch restaurants, and superb shopping. Hanover is also home to many snack food manufacturers, earning it the nickname ‘Snack Food Capital of the US.’ The city is also within driving distance of York, Gettysburg, and Harrisburg for those who want to explore more regional history.

Restaurants

3 Hogs BBQ

Barbecue fans flock to this restaurant for tender meats cooked just right. Pair favorites like beef brisket and pulled pork with your choice of homemade sauce. No meal is complete without a side of smoked brussel sprouts, sweet potato fries, or burnt ends mac and cheese!

Type: Barbecue

Location: Hanover, PA

Dutch Country Restaurant

If you’re craving homestyle cooking, then come to this eatery for classic Pennsylvania Dutch fare. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, their menu features delicious entrees like crab cakes, broasted chicken, and fried shrimp, plus sweet treats like apple danishes.

Type: American

Location: Hanover, PA

Blue Koi

This restaurant is a go-to for authentic Japanese, Chinese, and Thai food. Customer favorites include gyoza, drunken noodles, and Thai basil stir fry. If you’re a sushi lover, you must try popular rolls like the Twister Roll or Spicy Tuna!

Type: Asian fusion

Location: Hanover, PA

Warehouse Gourmet Bistro & Brewpub

This bistro serves an assorted menu of soups, sandwiches, and entrees, as well as handcrafted beers made in-house. From specialty burgers and steaks to coconut curry and street tacos, you’re sure to find a satisfying meal  — and no shortage of beer to go with it.

Type: Brewpub

Location: Hanover, PA

Sightseeing

Hanover Fire Museum

This museum showcases over 200 years of firefighting in Hanover. Visit the turn-of-the-century firehouse where visitors can pull the fire alarm, see fire vehicles of all types, and learn more about how firefighting in the region has changed since the 1800s.

Location: Hanover, PA

Snyder’s Pretzel Bakery

Opened in 1909, this company traces its roots back to Hanover, where it first produced its signature pretzels. Tour the bakery to learn more about Snyder’s history and see how pretzels are made. The 30-minute tour also includes a free bag of pretzels!

Location: Hanover, PA

Gettysburg National Military Park

This park commemorates the Battle at Gettysburg — the deadliest battle in the Civil War  — and site of President Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address. Tour this historic battlefield, visit the Gettysburg National Cemetery, and see 43,000 artifacts in the Gettysburg Museum.

Location: Gettysburg, PA

Michaux State Forest

Once in danger of overharvesting, the forest’s 85,500 acres are now fully regrown and protected by the state. Visitors can enjoy a range of recreational activities including hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, and golfing.

Location: Fayetteville, PA

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How to Get to
Codorus State Park

Codorus State Park is three miles southeast of Hanover near PA-216. 

From I-83, take exit 8 for PA-216. Continue west on PA-216 for 14 miles, then turn left onto Dubs Church Road. The park is on the right. 

From Hanover, take PA-216 east for 3 miles, then turn left onto Dubs Church Road. The park is on the right. 

Address: 2600 Smith Station Rd, Hanover, PA

Entering Codorus State Park

Admission is free. The park is open every day from sunrise to sunset. 

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