Located between the boroughs of Columbia and Marietta, Chickies Rock County Park is the county's second largest regional park. The county commissioners began acquiring this park property in 1977. Chickies Rock County Park's name is derived from the American Indian word Chiquesalunga meaning "place of the crayfish." With its numerous vistas, varied natural and geological features, and rich industrial heritage, Chickies Rock County Park is a wonderful place to visit. View the park map to see all the different areas of the park.
The most notable feature in the park is Chickies Rock, a massive outcropping of quartzite rock towering 100 feet above the river. The vista offers impressive views of York county, the borough of Marietta, and farmlands of northwestern Lancaster County. Chickies Rock County Park is also a collection of historical treasures. The area once boasted several iron furnaces and rolling mills, a canal and a local trolley line. Remnants of several furnaces, canal walls, and trolley-line grades are still visible.
On the southwest edge of the park is an area known as Breezyview, a location that offers a panoramic view of Chickies Rock and the Susquehanna River.
Breezyview Gazebo makes a perfect place for weddings and special occasions. For rental information, view the fee schedule (please note that the gazebo is not equipped with electrical service and there are no toilet facilities on-site).
About the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail This trail is a fourteen-mile, multi-use, public recreation trail adjacent to the Susquehanna River. The trail spans five municipalities, a portion of which runs through Chickies Rock County Park. Northwest Lancaster River Trail Guide