A Diverse River, A Diverse Experience

Plan your visit in a way that makes the most sense for you - select an access point, view the water trail maps or download the auto tour maps. Each of these options provides you with the chance to learn about the major role that the Susquehanna River has played in shaping the culture and landscape of Lancaster and York counties. The water trail provides many opportunities to experience the waterway and its tributaries, the unique geology of the region, the biological diversity of plant and animal species and an abundance of recreational opportunities. The water trail also highlights the settlements, culture, and archeological evidence of the native peoples of the region. The Water Trail Maps and Guides are your portable information sources for accessing the Lower Section of the Susquehanna River Water Trail

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Find an Access Point

1 | New Market Public Access Area
2 | Middletown Access
3 | Canal Lock Access
4 | Goldsboro Access No. 3
5 | Goldsboro Access No. 2
6 | Goldsboro Access No. 1
7 | Falmouth Boat Access
8 | Conewago Access Area
9 | Kings Road Campground Access
10 | Conoy Picnic Access Area
11 | Bainbridge Access

12 | River Park Access
13 | Decatur Street Access
14 | Marietta Access
15 | Commons Park Access
16 | Wrightsville Access
17 | Columbia River Park Access
18 | Klines Run Park
19 | Zimmerman Center for Heritage
20 | Blue Rock Heritage Center
21 | Lock 2 Boat Ramp (Upper)
22 | Lock 2 Boat Ramp (Lower)

23 | Safe Harbor Park
24 | Peque Boat Ramp
25 | Otter Creek Campground
26 | York Furnace Boat Ramp
27 | Indian Steps Access
28 | Lock 15 Historic Area
29 | Muddy Creek Access
30 | Cold Cabin Access
31 | Dorsey Park Boat Launch
32 | Peach Bottom Marina
33 | Broad Creek Access


New Market Public Access Area

Mile 67.6 40° 13.381'N 76° 50.751'W
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Boat access located under railroad bridge adjacent to public park. Park hasplayground equipment and open fields for play.

Interpretive Panel
Foundations of Steel

Panel discusses the development of the steel industry and its impact on New Market and Steelton.
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Middletown Access

Mile 61.2 40° 11.161'N 76° 44.032'W
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Well-manicured park located at the confluence of the Swatara Creek and the Susquehanna River. Access to facilities and services are within walking distance for paddlers.

Interpretive Panel
The Ever-Changing Swatara Creek
Panel discusses how land along the Swatara Creek was used, how the creek’s decline impacted the Chesapeake Bay, and current efforts to restore stream water quality..
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Canal Lock Access

Mile 60.5 40° 10.556'N 76° 43.505'W
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Where We Feed On Eels
Panel discusses the American eel and its signifigance to the Susquehanna River.
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Goldsboro Access No. 3

Mile 60.0 40° 9.659'N 76° 44.936'W
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Goldsboro has three fully developed boat-access areas. The access farthest upstream is a car-top launch, only for paddlers.

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Fish and Fisheries
Panel discusses past misuses of the river and how it harmed fish and wildlife, recent efforts to improve water quality, and the comeback of fish species such as the American shad.
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Goldsboro Access No. 2

Mile 59.7 40° 9.553'N 76° 44.942'W
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Goldsboro Access No. 1

Mile 59.4 40° 9.474'N 76° 44.935'W
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Falmouth Boat Access

Mile 56.2 40° 7.140'N 76° 42.548'W
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In addition to river access, this site offers access to Conewago Falls, the river potholes, the Conoy Canal Trail, a remnant lock of the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal, and a view of the York Haven Dam.

Interpretive Panel
Nature and Commerce
Panel discusses some of the unique geological features of the Susquehanna River in this area, and how some commercial enterprises avoided, and others used, the river’s physical characteristics to their advantage.
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Conewago Access Area

Mile 55.8 40° 6.753'N 76° 42.707'W
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The Susquehanna: a Working River
Panel discusses the electric-generating facilities on the Lower Susquehanna and efforts to restore the health of the river.
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Kings Road Campground Access

Mile 55.6 40° 6.768'N 76° 41.733'W
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Conoy Picnic Access Area

Mile 54.9 40° 6.443'N 76° 41.259'W
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Bainbridge Access

Mile 53.2 40° 5.352'N 76° 40.245'W
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Adjoining the park is the southern trailhead for the Conoy Canal Park Trail.

 

 
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River Park Access

Mile 49.0 40° 3.466'N 76° 36.619'W
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Park has a large pavilion and is a popular spot for bird watching. Offers direct access to hiking/biking trails and other passive recreation opportunities.

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Decatur Street Access

Mile 46.8 40° 3.186'N 76° 34.112'W
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Running the River
Panel discusses Marietta’s early history and the role of raftsman in Pennsylvania lumber industry.
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Marietta Access

Mile 45.2 40° 3.406'N 76° 32.135'W
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A Buried Story
Panel discusses the peaceful floodplain along Chickies Rock Park and how it was once a beehive of industrial activity, including eight anthracite iron furnaces.
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Commons Park Access

Mile 43.1 40° 1.716'N 76° 31.684'W
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Complex of historic 19th-century lime kiln remnants within close walking distance.

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A Corridor and a Barrier
Panel discusses how the river has long been used as a north-south route but was an obstacle to east-west travel, and how this was put to good use during the Civil War when confederate troops tried to cross the river into Lancaster County.
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Wrightsville Access

Mile 42.9 40° 1.431'N 76° 31.485'W
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Remnants of historic Susquehanna & Tidewater Canal Lock No. 1 within walking distance.

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The Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal
Panel discusses the development and operation of the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal. Completed in 1840, it connected Wrightsville, Pa. with Havre de Grace, Md. and the Chesapeake Bay.
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Columbia River Park Access

Mile 42.6 40° 1.850'N 76° 30.539'W
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A Transportation Hub
Panel discusses the town of Columbia and the reasons why it was a bustling hub of transportation, commerce, andindustry throughout much of the 19th century.
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Klines Run Park

Mile 39.6 39° 59.014'N 76° 29.818'W
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Zimmerman Center for Heritage

Mile 39.1 39° 58.670'N 76° 29.746'W
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The John & Kathryn Zimmerman Center for Heritage serves as a community education facility for the Susquehanna Heritage Park and provides a scenic and historic setting for the programs of the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area. Also known as the Dritt Mansion at Historic Pleasant Garden, the Zimmerman Center’s mid-18th century riverfront homestead is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Zimmerman Center showcases the Visions of the Susquehanna river art exhibit and provides a regional venue for heritage education initiatives focused on the river’s natural and cultural history.

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Colonel Cresap’s War
Panel discusses Thomas Cresap and border disputes between the colonies of Pennsylvania and Maryland.
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Blue Rock Heritage Center

Mile 38.7 39° 58.928'N 76° 27.882'W
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Home of the Washington Boro Society for Susquehanna River Heritage, located south of the village of Washington Boro in Manor Township. Includes a restored 1832 Witmer Grist Mill and provides river access for canoes and kayaks to explore the Conejohela Flats.

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Lock 2 Boat Ramp (Upper)

Mile 37.5 39° 57.502'N 76° 29.009'W
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Lock 2 Boat Ramp (Lower)

Mile 37.4 39° 57.403'N 76° 28.897'W
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Well-manicured park located at the confluence of the Swatara Creek and the Susquehanna River. Access to facilities and services are within walking distance for paddlers.

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The Conejohela Flats
Panel discusses the Conejohela Flats and the role it plays in providing vital habitat for shore birds and other migratory bird species. Some of the most notable bird species are illustrated on the panel with original artwork.
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Safe Harbor Park

Mile 32.2 39° 56.027'N 76° 23.059'W
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Large community park along Conestoga River with a diversity of active and passive recreation facilities including hiking, fishing, picnicking, and bird watching

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Pequea Boat Ramp

Mile 29.8 39° 53.292'N 76° 21.988'W
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Susquehanna Pastimes
Panel discusses the use of the river, bothpast and present, as a major leisure-timeactivity center. The rise and fall of Shoff’s resort at Pequea is chronicled.
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Otter Creek Campground

Mile 29.1 39° 52.740'N 76° 22.934'W
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Recreational area with facilities for camping (primarily for recreational vehicles), picnicking, boating, and hiking. Urey overlook, the Mason-Dixon Trail, and remnants of the historic York Furnace are all within walking distance. Old-growth forest in Otter Creek Ravine. Entrance fee charged.

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York Furnace Boat Ramp

Mile 28.8 39° 52.352'N 76° 22.874'W
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The Rivers Ways
Panel discusses nature’s ability to restore plant and animal habitats harmed by human activities and cataclysmic events like floods and ice floes.
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Indian Steps Access

Mile 28.2 39° 51.851'N 76° 22.488'W
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Contains Indian artifacts found on or near the site dating back to 2,000 B.C. Grounds include a 300-year-old American holly tree reported to be the largest north of the Mason-Dixon line. Open mid-April through mid-October. Contact the main office for more information: 717-862-3948 or www.indiansteps.org

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Indigenous Peoples of the Susquehanna Valley
Panel discusses the first peoples to arrive at this part of the Susquehanna Valley, their interaction with Europeans, and their eventual demise.
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Lock 15 Historic Area

Mile 22.8 39° 48.009'N 76° 18.481'W
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Preserved lock of the Susquehanna & Tidewater Canal. Site contains interpretive panels about the canal operation.

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Muddy Creek Access

Mile 22.3 39° 47.930'N 76° 18.387'W
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Cold Cabin Access

Mile 20.5 39° 46.776'N 76° 17.290'W
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Remote boat access area with limited parking available.

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The River and the Bay
Panel discusses the physical aspects of the Susquehanna River and its tributaries, as well as its connection with the Chesapeake Bay.
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Dorsey Park Boat Launch

Mile 19.2 39° 46.032'N 76° 16.344'W
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The River, the Lakes, and the Dams
Panel discusses the development of the dams on the Susquehanna River, the resulting impacts they have had on wildlife habitat, and recent efforts to minimize these impacts.
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Peach Bottom Marina

Mile 17.6 39° 45.506'N 76° 13.985'W
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Fee charged for use of the boat launch

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The Susquehanna’s Promise
Panel discusses the promise of freedom and opportunity this region represented to Welsh immigrants and African slaves.
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Broad Creek Access

Mile 14.0 39° 41.678'N 76° 14.434'W
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Ending point for the Susquehanna River Water Trail—Lower Section (Pennsylvania). Also the starting point for the Susquehanna River Water Trail—Lower Section (Maryland),which is managed by the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Inc.The Susquehanna River Water Trail joins the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Water Trail.

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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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