The Lancaster County Department of Parks of Recreation provides a variety of publications available at the Park Office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and at the Shuts Environmental Library Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Publications are also available at the Environmental Center, however, Saturday hours are dictated by scheduled public programs or by reservation only. For more information on the publications we offer, call the Park Office at 717-299-8215.

Tree Guide to Lancaster County Central Park

This booklet serves as a guide to learning about the trees located in Central Park. It can be purchased for $4.24 (including tax).

Paddling map with key

Paddling Guide to the Historic Conestoga River

As one of the county’s more scenic rivers, the Conestoga is a popular waterway for canoeing and kayaking. This Class 1 river runs for 60 miles, emptying into the Susquehanna.

Canoe trip
The Paddling Guide to the Historic Conestoga River provides not only a map of the river complete with all public launch and take-out sites, portage sites, covered bridges, and more, but it also includes details about ecological and historic points of interest along the way. With this guide, you can literally float through the river’s history as the map points out landmarks along the river’s path.

This map is waterproof and folds to fit in any travel sack. Copies of this map are on sale for $10 (including tax). Maps can also be purchased over the phone using a credit card.

Other Publications

The Park Office and Shuts Environmental Library also provide hard copies of publications including park maps, trail guides, and brochures. Stop by and check them out, or call 717-299-8215 for more information.