About the Greenway

What is a Greenway?

To break it down into parts, a greenway is a corridor of undeveloped land [a GREENspace] that is often located near an urban area and utilized to connect people and places, similar to our road system [a parkWAY], minus the cars. 

In short, greenways are corridors of undeveloped land recognized for their ability to connect people and places. These ribbons of greenspace include parks, trails, gardens, historic sites, and natural features. They are sometimes located along man-made structures like an old railroad bed or a utility corridor, or they can trace a natural feature such as a ridgeline, stream, or in our case, the Susquehanna River.

Photo by Chris Cooley

Photo by Chris Cooley

In addition to fostering the preservation of these important features, greenways also provide easily accessible opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors and walk, bike, or paddle from town to town, thus making active, healthy living much simpler. Greenways also play a role in supporting economic development and preserving our local history and culture by increasing property values, tourism, and recreation-related spending.

The Susquehanna Greenway

The Susquehanna Greenway corridor includes the river itself as well as the parks, trails, and communities that line the river’s banks.

Since it is governed by the geography of the river valley and its surrounding landscape. the Susquehanna Greenway's borders vary as it progresses along the river, expanding and narrowing based on changes in the topography and viewshed. The result is a billowing pathway extending anywhere from one to three miles on either side of the river. A good rule of thumb is: If you can see the river, you’re in the Susquehanna Greenway.

The Susquehanna Greenway encompasses the entire length of the Susquehanna River as it flows within Pennsylvania, including the West Branch. Once completed, the Susquehanna Greenway will become the largest greenway in Pennsylvania, linking natural, cultural, historic, and recreational resources along the 500-mile corridor. 

Next time you are out enjoying the parks, trails, and communities along the Susquehanna River, take pride in knowing that the resources right in your backyard are also part of a larger Susquehanna Greenway network.