Lancaster Co, PA Parks
Lancaster County Department of Parks and
1050 Rockford Road
Lancaster, PA 17602
Telephone : (717) 299-8215 or 299-8220
Enjoy Lancaster County Parks
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, known as the
Garden Spot of America since the 18th century, is located in
the southeastern part of the state of Pennsylvania, in the United
States. With an estimated 2005 population of 490,562 Lancastrians,
Lancaster County forms the Lancaster Metropolitan Statistical
Area, the 99th largest of 361 MSAs in the U.S.
The city of Lancaster is the county seat. On
December 27th 2008, shortly after midnight, Lancaster County had a
3.3 magnitude earthquake.
Lancaster County is a popular tourist
destination, due mostly to the many plain sect residents, known as
the Amish or Pennsylvania Dutch. The term 'Pennsylvania Dutch'
comes from the earlier use of "Dutch" to apply to all
immigrants from middle Europe.
They are the descendants of Germans who
immigrated in the 18th and 19th centuries for the freedom of
religion offered by William Penn, and were attracted by the rich
soil and mild climate of the area.
Lancastrians can easily spot a visitor to
the area by how they pronounce the word Lancaster. Locals and
people from nearby counties in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and
Delaware pronounce Lancaster as LANK-ister.
This is unusual as most Lancasters in the
United States are pronounced as LAN-cast-er, though
Lancashire, England, and Lancasters in Texas, Ohio, and South
Carolina also use the LANK-ister pronunciation.
The Department seeks to preserve and manage
significant tracts of land and water for recreation and for
conservation of scenic, historical, geological and ecologically
With six regional parks and two recreational
trails, the Department manages a total of 2,003 acres. Regional
parks range in level of development from Central Park�s more
urban setting to the Theodore Parker Natural Area�s rural
setting in the woodlands along Stewart Run in the southeastern
part of the County. All County parks and services are also open to
- Lancaster County Parks
- Central Park
- D.F. Buchmiller Park
- Chickies Rock County Park
- Conewago Recreation Trail
- Lancaster Junction Recreation Trail
- Money Rocks Park
- Speedwell Forge Park
- Theodore A Parker III Nature Area