Lower Susquehanna River Water Trail (PA)
Length: 53 miles (Harrisburg to Maryland state-line)
Waterways: Susquehanna River
From the gritty industrial yards of Steelton to the Conejohela Flats—an internationally renowned bird habitat at Washington Boro — the Lower Section of the Susquehanna River Water Trail is a contrast of working river and wilderness.
You can experience the sights and sounds along the river corridor from river potholes near Falmouth to Marietta's unique architecture to the world's first bald eagle sanctuary on Mt. Johnson Island below Muddy Run.
The water trail contains important cultural resources, such as Native American river rock art, called "petroglyphs," which can be found just south of Safe Harbor Dam. Indian Steps Museum, in nearby York Furnace, contains a variety of interesting Native American collections and artifacts. Archeologists have unearthed evidence of over 30 Native villages along the water trail.
The Conejohela Flats, an internationally recognized migratory shorebird resting area, is located on the water trail. As many as 38 species of shorebirds use this area to feed and rest on their journey to breeding grounds as far north as the Arctic Tundra and wintering grounds in South and Central America.
In addition to the Lower Section, there are several other water trails that make up the entire Susquehanna River Basin Water Trail network:
- The North Branch of the Susquehanna River flows from New York through Pennsylvania to Sunbury where it joins the West Branch and forms the river's main stem.
- The 228-miles long West Branch Susquehanna River Water Trail flows from Cherry Tree to Sunbury, PA.
- The 56-mile Middle Section water trail runs form Sunbury, PA to Harrisburg, PA where it connects with the Susquehanna River Water Trail—Lower Section (Pennsylvania)
- The Lower Section water trail in Maryland runs 14 miles from the Mason-Dixon Line to Havre de Grace, MD
Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area
1706 Long Level Road
Wrightsville, PA 17368