Governor Dick Park – Mt. Gretna PA

I finally made that left turn off Route 72 in PA. I’ve been passing by here for years and every time I would say to myself “I should stop one of these times and check it out, I wonder what it looks like now”.

Fond memories here – I went to summer camp in these woods as a kid and it’s where I fell in love with the outdoors. We also used to hang in the woods not far from here. We’d build a fire and drink beer until we got caught by a ranger who kicked us out and told us never to come back again.

And this huge tower called Governor Dick. I never knew why it was called that until recently but it was a place to hike to and climb up for an awesome view of the surrounding countryside.

Now the area is a beautiful park with miles of hiking, biking and horse trails.

Clarence Schock Memorial Park at Governor Dick is an 1105-acre stewardship forest and nature center nestled in the woods of Mt Gretna, Pa.

Do visit their website for 3 different types of maps ( trail map, map to the tower and an orienteering map ) a calendar of events, directions and more. There’s also a boulder field I want to check out next time – http://www.parkatgovernordick.org/

On the day I was here storms were rolling so I didn’t stay as long as I would have liked but that’s OK, this unique place isn’t gong anywhere – I’ll be back!

Enjoy the photo tour and go see it for yourself.

Governor Dick Observation Tower

The way up is by ladder in case you didn’t know, which a few people didn’t including myself. I totally forgot until I looked in. I did not climb to the top so no views from the top, maybe next time.

Going up to the top by way of ladder Governor Dick Tower

Follow the green trail, all trails are color coded but you can also get there by way of the red trail.

Trail markers follow green to governor dick tower

Lots of hiking trails to make a long hike but if you just want to go to the tower it’s about a easy mile up.

red trail at governor dick park

view at governor dick park

Ill be back where the wildflowers are blooming and update this post, stay tuned and get outside!

Tina 🙂

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