Parks & Recreation

Whitetail Ski Resort at night

Known for its recreation and outdoor living, Franklin County invites you to get outside!  Hike it. Bike it. Swim it. Fish it. Ski it. Or, just picnic and take it in at your own pace.

Franklin County has a large number of parks and sports fields and centers. Whether a hike, soccer, lacrosse, baseball/softball, and more.

Norlo Park: The 143 acre community park in Guilford Twp. with many walking trails. Also includes sand volleyball, horseshoe pits, playground, gazebos, public restrooms, drinking fountains (people and pet), and soccer and softball fields. Note of interest: 3 railroad cars and Kriner Road old iron bridge are also on site. Pets on leash welcome. Location: Eight miles east of Chambersburg on US Rte. 30.
Chambersburg Memorial Park: Amenities include a large playground for children 5 and older and a younger play area for tots and pre-schoolers. Three softball fields, open field areas used for soccer and other recreational sports, a basketball court, 4 tennis courts, a band shell for concerts and other outdoor performances, picnic areas with grills, and a large pavilion with an open barbecue pit provides several recreational opportunities for those near and far.
Veterans Memorial Park, Park Place, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 717-532-7144. Largest public park in Shippensburg where you’ll find a football stadium, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, playgrounds, picnic pavilions & swimming pool.
Shippensburg Township Park, Britton Road, Shippensburg, PA 17257, Shippensburg Township Park has a full array of playground equipment, soccer fields, picnic pavilion, an amphitheater stage and access to the Cumberland Valley Rail-Trail.
Southampton Township Park, Corner of Airport Road and Hershey Road, Shippensburg, PA 17257, 717-532-9646 Southampton Park consists of wooded hiking trails and streams, paved walking path, playground, pavilions, basketball court and soccer fields.
Greencastle Parks
Waynesboro Parks




Franklin County is home to great parks, and outdoors.

Buchanan's Birthplace State Park,  is an 18.5-acre park. Nestled in a gap of the Tuscarora Mountain in Franklin County. The park and surrounding the forested mountains offer an abundance of beauty throughout the year.

Caledonia State Park, 101 Pine Grove Road Fayetteville, PA 17222, 717-352-2161 Located on Rt. 30 between Chambersburg and Gettysburg, the park features a large swimming pool, 2 campgrounds with tent and trailer sites, fishing streams and over 400 picnic tables

Pine Grove Furnace, 1100 Pine Grove Road Gardners, PA 17324, 717-486-7174 Pine Grove Furnace features 2 lakes, Laurel and Fuller Lake, rustic tent and trailer sites and many hiking trails including the Appalachian Trail. Boating is permitted only on 25 acre Laurel Lake

King’s Gap State Park, 500 King’s Gap Road, Carlisle, PA 17015, 717-486-5031 Kings Gap offers environmental education programs, hunting, fishing, 16 miles of hiking trails, and mountain retreats. The Mountain retreats take place three times a year and allow you to stay in the beautiful Cameron/Masland mansion. The spectacular view overlooking the valley is definitely worth a couple hours of your time.

Colonel Denning State Park, 1599 Doubling Gap Rd, Newville, PA‎ - (717) 776-5272‎ Colonel Denning State Park offers 273 acres of woodland and a 3.5 acre. The lake and beach is open to swim from late-May to mid-September, 8 a.m. to sunset. This park is a great place to spend some time fishing and hiking.

Michaux State Forest, is located in Adams, Cumberland and Franklin counties. It is named in honor of Andre Michaux, a French botanist, dispatched by the King and Queen of France in 1785 to gather plants for the Royal Gardens. He and his the son Francois Andre Michaux are noted for discovering and identifying a host of flowers, shrubs and trees.

Cowan's Gap State Park, Cowans Gap State Park is a 1,085-acre park in the beautiful Allens Valley of Fulton County. A 42-acre lake, large campground, rustic cabins and many hiking trails are prime attractions. State forest land surrounds the park, providing additional land for recreation and natural beauty in all seasons.