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High on a hill overlooking the Susquehanna River Valley a man adjusts his kite for the breeze. He discovered the magic of Samuel S. Lewis State Park and the 885-foot Mt. Pisgah, a kite-flyer's paradise.

In fact, York County has three state parks tucked inside it, each with its own amenities and personality, and summer is a great time to explore all of them. Hike, swim with your kids, lay out a picnic, gaze at the stars, play disc golf, or just pull up a lawn chair, pour a glass of lemonade and open a good book.

"We're really blessed," said Terry Brady, deputy press secretary for the state's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Pennsylvania's 120 state parks come in all shapes and sizes; the three close to York reflect that diversity. This summer, explore the warm weather benefits of living in nature.

Learn about the amenities and nearby attractions for Codorus State Park, Samuel S. Lewis State Park, and Gifford Pinchot State Park.

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