About the Park
The Susquehanna Riverlands is a 1,200-acre, recreation park and wildlife area near Berwick that offers free admission. The park is open to the public daily, and year-round from 8 a.m. to dusk, most popular from March through November. It is known for its diversity of habitats, offering visitors the opportunity to view an abundance of wildlife that live in the area including Great Blue Herons, beavers, painted turtles, and more.
The area is listed as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society, featuring over 230 species of birds, and is a site on the Pennsylvania Birding and Wildlife Trail. Nature enthusiasts can enjoy the self-guided trails and interpretive signage that wind through fields, forests, and along the river.
The 0.5-mile Beaver Trail leads users through the waterfowl and beaver pond. On the western end, the Recreation Area features picnic areas, a baseball field, Lake Tookawhile, and the Wetlands Nature Area which features additional nature trails and observation areas including the Riverside Trail that cuts through a tall streamside forest.
Visitors can also follow the historic North Branch Canal and Towpath that cuts through both ends of the park. Originally, this canal stretched from Northumberland to the New York state line, eventually connecting with the Erie Canal and making the Great Lakes and Atlantic Ocean more accessible for commercial transportation.
Longer treks include the 2.8-mile Susquehanna Riverlands Loop and the 12.5-mile Susquehanna Warrior Trail which continues off site and heads north to the town of Shickshinny.
If you are searching for a place to experience the wonders of nature or are seeking out a relaxing lunchtime picnic spot, the Susquehanna Riverlands is a favorite location for all types of outdoor recreationists.
Parking and Trail Access
The Susquehanna Riverlands is located just off Route 11 across the road from Susquehanna Steam Electric Station. Its address is 634 Salem Blvd, Berwick, PA 18603. Look for the entrance at the north end of the park. After turning in, you will cross over railroad tracks. All parking lots after the railroad tracks are open to the public.
Parking is also available at the Wetlands Natural Area Access Boat Launch for those planning to explore the Susquehanna River.
Information courtesy of Discover NEPA and the National Audubon Society.