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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; as of 1997, the park exceeded 422 acres. Chickies Rock County Park's name is derived from the American Indian word Chiquesalunga meaning "place of the crayfish." The park includes Chiques Creek, Donegal Creek, and selected points to the Susquehanna River. 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 park is managed predominantly for its natural resources. A trail runs through the area of Kerbaugh Lake, a reclaimed woodland and natural meadow between Chickies Hill and the river.
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 seven 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 or toilet facilities).
In the northwest section of the park, a day-use area at Furnace Road offers open play areas and a boat-launch point onto the Susquehanna River. The east side of Route 441 offers open play areas, tot and regular swings, a group pavilion (Pavilion 42), and convenient access to Chiques and Donegal Creeks, the latter of which is managed as a fly-fishing-only area for trout.