New Susquehanna Riverlands Visitor Website & Guide Launched

Just in time for warmer weather! The Susquehanna Riverlands Tourism Development Group, a regional coalition working to make the river a national destination for travelers, announces the launch of a new website and guide for the Susquehanna Riverlands - the ribbon of parks, trails, scenic landscapes, and river towns shared by Lancaster and York Counties. The products of a 3-year effort managed by Susquehanna Heritage, the official PA Heritage Area for both counties, the new website at and the new Susquehanna Riverlands Map & Guide feature everything needed to explore the Susquehanna Riverlands. Facebook and Instagram sites also link to the website, all managed by Susquehanna Heritage’s team at Columbia Crossing River Trails Center, on the riverfront in Columbia.

“These are the ‘go to’ guides for visitors and residents to plan their next adventure in the Susquehanna Riverlands,” said Mark Platts, President of Susquehanna Heritage and Co-Chair of the Tourism Development Group.

“It’s been great to work with our tourism and business partners to showcase the river’s attractions for visitors,” said Scott Standish, Lancaster County Director of Countywide Planning and Tourism Development Group Co-Chair.

The website is a comprehensive online resource for finding and learning about the river’s parks, trails, nature preserves, scenic overlooks, access sites, historic places, museums, farm markets, wineries, and breweries. The site also includes information on river visitor centers, events, and downloadable maps and guides. The free Susquehanna Riverlands Map & Guide, the first-ever printed guide to all the heritage and outdoor attractions along the river, is available at the Lancaster and York visitor centers, Columbia Crossing River Trails Center, Susquehanna Valley Visitor Center, and the Zimmerman Center for Heritage.

The Susquehanna Riverlands Tourism Development Group is part of the Susquehanna Riverlands Conservation Landscape, a regional initiative coordinated by Lancaster County Conservancy for the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR). The group engages tourism, business and conservation partners to generate economic impact through river-focused tourism. Tourism Development Group members include Susquehanna Heritage, Lancaster County Planning Commission, Lancaster County Conservancy, DCNR, Discover Lancaster, York County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, John Wright Restaurant, Shank’s Mare Outfitters, Turkey Hill Experience, and Miller’s Smorgasbord. Development and publication of the new website and guide was funded by DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program.

For more information contact 

Mark Platts, President, Susquehanna Heritage (717) 252-0229

Scott Standish, Director of Countywide Planning
Lancaster County Planning Commission (717) 299-8333

Fritz Schroeder, Director of Urban Greening, Lancaster County Conservancy (717) 449-5601

Lor Yeich, Recreation & Conservation Manager
PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources (717) 705-5956