Fisherman below Holtwood Dam
Hikers at Native Lands County Park

Choose Your Favorite Way to Enjoy the River

A trip on the Lower Susquehanna offers access to a collection of outdoor activities including fishing, boating, birding and hiking. The Susquehanna River Water Trail Map & Guide includes the locations of scenic vistas, picnic areas, parks, nature preserves, and trails where you can experience all that the river has to offer. The links below will guide you to more information.


The Susquehanna River Birding and Wildlife Trail Guide and website, developed by Audubon Pennsylvania, highlights sites, trails, and scenic drives that allow you to view birds and other wildlife. Learn More...

Fishing and Boating

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission provides information about boat launching, fishing, driving direction and regulations. A County Guide provides fishing and boating related information. Learn More...


The Mason Dixon Trail travels 193 miles as it connects the Appalachian Trail with the Brandywine Trail. In York County, the trail follows the west bank of the Susquehanna, south toward Havre de Grace, Maryland. Learn More...

The 63 mile-long Conestoga Trail connects the Horseshoe Trail to the Mason-Dixon Trail System.  A section of the trail follows the east side of Lake Aldred from Lock 12 to Martic Forge. Learn More...

The Conoy Canal Trail follows the old Pennsylvania Mainline Canal towpath for 4 miles from Bainbridge to Falmouth.

The Capital Area Greenbelt is a 20-mile long green belt around urbanized portions of Harrisburg. For several miles, between Shipoke and Uptown, the Greenbelt follows the east bank of the Susquehanna River. Learn More...

Parks and Nature Preserves

The river corridor in this area is home to a wide range of parks and nature preserves. These sites are identified on the Water Trail Maps & Guides. To access specific information on these sites, please visit the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area’s website listing for Natural Wonders.

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This website was developed by the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area in partnership and with funding support from the National Park Service, Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, Pennsylvania Heritage Areas Program.

The Susquehanna River Water Trail is part of the National Recreation Trails Program and the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership.

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