Susquehannock State Park


Visitors enjoy a frosty view of the Susquehanna River from Pinnacle Overlook, Pennsylvania.

Pinnacle Overlook

This lovely overlook is on the east side of the Susquehannock River.

 
A visitor enjoy the river view at Urey Overlook, Pennsylvania.

Urey Overlook

This beautiful overlook is on the west side of the Susquehanna River.

 

Four properties along the scenic Lower Susquehanna River comprise the Susquehannock State Park Complex. The 224-acre Susquehannock State Park is on a wooded plateau overlooking the Susquehanna River in southern Lancaster County. Besides the outstanding view, the park offers a variety of recreational opportunities for year-round fun. Scenic views of the river abound just north at Pinnacle Overlook, and northwest at Urey Overlook. Samuel S. Lewis State Park has picnicking, kite flying and a view of the river.

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Scenic Views   -   Hiking   -   Horseback Riding   -   Picnicking   -   Cross-country Skiing   -   Organized Group Tenting  

Scenic Views: Hawk Point Overlook offers visitors a glimpse of the Conowingo Reservoir, the northernmost and largest of several hydroelectric impoundments on the lower Susquehanna. Straddling the Pennsylvania and Maryland border, the reservoir generates hydroelectric power and cooling water for the Peach Bottom nuclear reactors while also serving as a popular boating and fishing destination.

Located downriver on the far left of Hawk Point, visitors can see Mount Johnson Island, the world’s first bald eagle sanctuary. For many years, Mount Johnson Island hosted a pair of nesting bald eagles. Visitors can use the optical viewer or binoculars to spot eagles, osprey, turkey vultures and black vultures that regularly soar by these cliffs using columns of rising air called thermals.

Wisslers Run Overlook gives an excellent view of the Susquehanna’s naturally rocky riverbed. The overlook also provides a view of the Muddy Run pump storage hydroelectric plant with the impressive 21-span Norman Wood Bridge and Holtwood Dam in the background. The Osprey nest on the large power line towers in front of the overlook.

Panoramic views of the Susquehanna River can be seen from the 380 feet high overlooks of the park complex. When enjoying the views, visitors should remain a safe distance back from drop-off areas and children should be closely supervised.


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.A pavilion and volleyball courts are surrounded by trees at Susquehannock State Park, Pennsylvania.Picnicking: More than 80 picnic tables and 20 grills are spread throughout both sunny and shaded areas of Susquehannock State Park. Parking, water fountains, restrooms, a playground, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, and two softball fields with backstops and benches are easily accessible. Two large picnic pavilions with grills, water, electric outlets and lights can accommodate larger groups and special events and may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee.

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Horseback Riding: The trails of the park provide a beautiful setting for horseback riding, although it is prohibited at the overlooks and on Rhododendron Trail. Several shaded hitching rails for horses are located in the park to accommodate riding clubs and horse drawn wagons.

Hiking: 5.6 miles of trails
Scenic hiking trails offer a variety of interesting habitats and evidence of past use of the area. Native holly, rhododendron, spring and summer wildflowers, and a variety of other plant life await discovery. Sit quietly or walk along a trail to observe deer, songbirds, lizards and many other forms of wildlife. From the overlooks, watch for vultures, hawks, osprey and even bald eagles. Several trails also feature remnants of old homestead sites.

Chimney Trail: 0.35 mile, more difficult hiking
This wooded trail is great for birding and viewing spring wildflowers.

Fire Trail: 0.33 mile, more difficult hiking
Actually a short logging road, this trail features a nice stand of poplar trees.

Five Points Trail: 0.7 mile, most difficult hiking
Hikers can see rhododendron and views of creek valleys from this trail.

Holly Trail: 0.5 mile, easiest hiking
Native holly and Christmas fern line this easily hiked trail.

Landis Trail: 0.6 mile, more difficult hiking
Named for Lester Landis, a former owner of the historic Long Home near the park office, this trail features a fine stand of Virginia bluebells that bloom in late April and early May.

Nature Trail: 0.3 mile, easiest hiking
This trail features mature hardwood trees, ferns and wildflowers.

Overlook Trail: 0.55 mile, more difficult hiking
This popular trail leads to Hawk Point and Wisslers Run overlooks, which offer memorable views of the Susquehanna River.

Pine Tree Trail: 0.31 mile, most difficult hiking
This short, steep and rocky hike winds its way down to Wisslers Run.

Pipeline Trail: 0.24 mile, easiest hiking
This leisurely stroll follows an old, abandoned pipeline right-of-way that crosses the park.

Rhododendron Trail: 1.2 miles, most difficult hiking
The park’s longest and most difficult trail crosses steep and rocky terrain and rewards the hiker with spectacular rhododendron blooms during late June and early July. Remnants of the homestead of Thomas Neel and an impressive beech tree can be seen along this trail.

Spring Trail: 0.4 mile, easiest hiking
Pawpaw trees, with their banana-like fruits, can be found along this trail.


Cross-country Skiing: Visitors enjoy cross-country skiing on more than 2 miles of park trails including the Pipe Line, Chimney, Landis, and Overlook, as well as throughout open fields.


Stay the Night


Organized Group Tenting: The four organized group campsites can accommodate various group sizes. Qualified adult and youth groups may reserve space in the organized group tenting area for overnight use. Call toll-free, 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757) for reservations.

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Access for People with Disabilities

Ballfield and Hawk Point pavilions, upper and lower restrooms, Hawk Point Overlook and the park office are fully ADA accessible.

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