The Susquehanna Greenway is a 500-mile corridor full of opportunities to explore the outdoors, including a network of fantastic hiking trails. Some of these trail are great for overnight backpacking trips, including access to the 2,190+ miles of the Appalachian Trail!

Whether you’re looking for a single night, weekend getaway, weeklong escape, or more, the Susquehanna Greenway has some wonderful options to explore on your next backpacking trip.


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Pine Creek Rail Trail

The Pine Creek Rail Trail is a 62-mile route that starts in the Susquehanna Greenway River Town of Jersey Shore. While this trail is a popular bike route, it also provides access to many campgrounds along the way, making it a fantastic trail for backpacking by bike or on foot.

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Hawk Rock on the Appalachian Trail

This day hike offers access to the Appalachian Trail network from Duncannon, PA on the west side of the Susquehanna River. At the top, you’ll experience a stunning overlook view of the river. Choose to spend the day, or hike further along the AT for an overnight experience.

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Peters Mountain on the Appalachian Trail

Another day hike on the Appalachian Trail, this route offers a great opportunity to view the Susquehanna River from the east side, as well as its confluence with the Juniata River. Choose to spend the day or enjoy an overnight. The Clarks Ferry Shelter is just 5 miles inland from the ridgetop that overlooks the river.

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Mason Dixon Trail System

This 199-mile trail system provides a diverse range of options for backpackers of all experience levels. Different parts of the trail can be used for biking as well, offering a wide range of activities. Our favorite section is the 30-mile stretch that parallels the Susquehanna River in York County.

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