Chickies Rock County Park is located along the Susquehanna River between Lancaster and York, Pennsylvania. The park’s most popular areas are its two overlooks perched high above the river. The park’s namesake, Chickies Rock, is a 150′ tall quartzite tower. It attracts climbers from all over and day hikers wanting to take in the sweeping views from the top. The other vista is from the Breezyview Overlook where visitors can take in the scenery from a gazebo and benches in a well kept grassy area.
The Chickies Rock Overlook can be reached via a trailhead along Rt. 441, just 1 mile north of U.S. Rt. 30. The hike to the overlook is on a short, half mile long trail through woods. The path is mostly wide and flat. Shortly after starting the hike, the trail splits. Stay to the left for the shortest, easiest route. The trail to the right goes up a hill, onto a plateau, and then comes back down to join the main trail. The path ends on top of Chickies Rock and offers great views of the Susquehanna River and the hills beyond. To the southwest, the Rt. 30 bridge and Mt. Pisgah are visible. Looking towards the north, one can see the steam rising above the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant in the distance.
The Breezyview Overlook has benches and a gazebo where people can relax and take in the view. The overlook is located directly beside the parking lot, so it’s easily accessible. To reach the Breezyview area, go .3 miles north of Rt. 30 on Rt. 441 and turn left at the park sign.
A sign near the gazebo tells the history of the area that became the Chickies Rock County Park and its involvement in the Civil War. A major industrial complex and railroad facility, it was once targeted for destruction by the Confederate Army, but they were unsuccessful at crossing the river.