Discover the Great Outdoors in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River Valley


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Amid the hills and valleys, forests and fields, rivers and streams of central Pennsylvania, the Susquehanna River Valley beckons to outdoor enthusiasts seeking inspiration and adventure. The region is home to beautiful landscapes and abundant opportunities for runners, cyclists, paddlers, fishers, and off-roaders to explore the road less traveled and live their best lives.

The river valley is the only place in Pennsylvania where the North and West branches of the mighty Susquehanna River merge. The Susquehanna is the longest river on the American east coast and the 16th longest in the United States. The broad, shallow waters also make the Susquehanna the longest, non-commercially navigable river in the country, creating idyllic conditions for both boating and fishing.

Shikellamy State Park, which sits at the convergence of the river’s two branches, coordinates the inflation of the Adam T. Bower Dam, the longest inflatable dam in the world, each spring to create a 3,060-acre compound known as Lake Augusta. Throughout the spring and summer, fishers, boaters, and water skiers enjoy the pristine waters at Lake Augusta.

The Susquehanna River Valley is also home to many lakes, streams, and waterways, ideal for fishing and paddling. Penns Creek, for example, is recognized nationally as a top trout stream and ranks among the very top in fly fishing within the state. Penns Creek is known for its inconsistent waters ranging from still to some of the most rapidly moving waters in PA.

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In addition to water sports, the rivers, streams, and lakes of the region create beautiful backdrops for outdoor enthusiasts of all types. The region is superb for bicycling, whether you prefer a leisurely ride on a local rail trail, longer road rides through the countryside, or strenuous mountain biking through gorgeous forest lands. The Susquehanna River Valley is rapidly becoming a national destination for riders of every age and stage. Gravel cycling, in particular, is gaining momentum with the national recognition received by unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley, a top gravel race held in October each year.

The Susquehanna River Valley is home to two state forests, four state parks, and a variety of protected natural areas perfect for hiking and wildlife watching. Bald Eagle State Forest alone contains 320 miles of trails, including a 45-mile section of the Mid State Trail. In addition to hiking, trails for horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing provide new vistas to discover in any season.

Within a convenient three-hour drive from New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, the Susquehanna River Valley is your perfect destination for a day, a weekend, or a week-long stay. With plentiful options for establishing your home base, the region boasts a diverse number of campgrounds, cottages, hotels, and bed and breakfasts, allowing you to always be close to the action.

For more information about the beautiful Susquehanna River Valley…

Visit or phone the team at the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau at 800.525.7320. They will help you plan the perfect outdoor getaway. Ask to receive their 2023 Visitor Guide, as well as their Outdoor Recreation Guide.

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