Northumberland is the town at the confluence where the North and West Branches of the Susquehanna River meet.  As such, it is one of the most identifiable places of land at a large scale in Pennsylvania. Despite having the Susquehanna River on two sides, the town is very much inwardly oriented.  The land rises up away from the river, essentially making Northumberland feel "landlocked".

The town has several river access points and recreation-based assets.  Pineknotter Park occupies a large swath of riverside along the West Branch.  In addition to ball fields, play areas, and pavilions, the park includes some lovely, informal grassy areas to walk along the wooded riverbank.  An old pier is also used in summer as a diving platform for youths.  The undeveloped slopes of Blue Hill rising up from the West Branch are another great scenic asset for the town.  There are two boat ramps within the Borough limits and Shikellamy State Park Marina is a stone's throw away on Packer Island. 

In February 2019, Northumberland completed the Northumberland Borough & Point Township Community Bicycle and Pedestrian Audit, which is intended to raise awareness about the importance of bicycle and pedestrian-friendly community design for encouraging active and healthy lifestyles. It is also intended to help organize the community around bike/ped issues, identify impediments to safe walking and biking, and identify priority projects for implementation.

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