Samuel S. Lewis State Park
This 85-acre state park is dominated by Mt. Pisgah, an 885-foot high ridge that separates Kreutz Creek Valley and East Prospect Valley. The park landscape also consists of mowed grass fields on the northern and eastern park slopes, a pine plantation in the southern area and mature woods in the western section.
Picnicking: Picnic tables scattered throughout the park have easy access to a ball field and playground equipment. The park’s scenic backdrop also makes it a popular site for weddings, family reunions and other events.
Hilltop Pavilion may be reserved up to 11 months in advance. If the Hilltop Pavilion is unreserved, it may be used for free on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the park office for more information on planning a wedding or other event in the park.
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Kite Flying: The crest of Mt. Pisgah is an excellent area for kite flying. Local groups and individuals gather to show their skills and offer help to novice kite fliers.
Stargazing: On clear nights, local organizations hold star gazing events at the park so the public can enjoy Mt. Pisgah’s uninterrupted view of the stars. Check the park calendar of events online for program dates and times.
Hiking: 2 miles of trails
Located behind the park’s office, the one-mile Back Trail loops through a diverse hardwood forest.
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The 885-foot high Mt. Pisgah is the highest point in the area and offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Susquehanna River and the towns and fertile farmlands that it borders. A wayside panel is on the summit of Mt. Pisgah near Pavilion C and identifies various points of interest along the river valley. Coin-operated binoculars are available.
Mt. Pisgah offers an uninterrupted view of the stars. Local clubs and organizations frequently hold star gazing events for the public.
The natural and scenic backdrop provides a popular site for weddings. Contact the park office for more information on planning a wedding in the park.
George E. Stine Arboretum
This arboretum was created before the land became a state park. European beech, persimmon, concolor fir, English yew and several other unique species still remain. A few of these trees are identified with metal plaques. The Arboretum has been severely damaged by storms and high winds. The park plans to plant new trees in the arboretum.
Samuel S. Lewis State Park was named to honor the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Forest and Waters from 1951-1954. Samuel S. Lewis donated 35 acres of his farm to the Commonwealth in 1954. Lewis convinced Walter Stine to sell his arboretum to the Commonwealth for a reasonable price. The Commonwealth then purchased an additional 35 acres of the adjacent Almoney Farm to complete the initial park tract. The park opened to the public on July 4, 1954. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources purchased an additional 14 acres of land in 1999.
Samuel S. Lewis
1874 - 1959
This unassuming, jovial, analytical man held several cabinet-level positions to several governors, most notably as Secretary of Highways to Governor Gifford Pinchot during Pinchot’s ambitious road-paving program to “get the farmer out of the mud.” Samuel Lewis was the lieutenant governor to Arthur H. James from 1939 to 1943. Lewis was the postmaster general of York and rejuvenated the York Fair.
In 1951, Lewis was appointed the Secretary of the Department of Forests and Waters and oversaw all state parks and forests. In two years, Lewis reorganized and streamlined the department.
"Sam Lewis was the best man I ever worked under. He was a genius at deciding what was good for the public and getting it done quickly. He had the administrative tools to get anything done."
Joe Ibberson, retired division chief, Bureau of Forestry
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Samuel S. Lewis State Park
Information on nearby attractions is available from the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau. www.yorkpa.org
Nearby are the picturesque Pennsylvania Amish and Mennonite farms of Lancaster County and the historic city of York, one the early capitals of the United States.
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Samuel S. Lewis State Park is in southcentral Pennsylvania, York County, and is about 12 miles east of York, Pennsylvania. From the Wrightsville exit of US 30 follow Cool Creek Road south about 1.5-miles to Mt. Pisgah Road and the park.
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Samuel S. Lewis State Park