About the Park

Nestled on the banks of the Susquehanna River’s West Branch, Susquehanna State Park spans 20-acres, creating a harmonious blend of nature and leisure. Complete with a boat launch, pavilion, restrooms, picnic tables, and outdoor grills, it is a wonderful riverside respite. Whether you plan to visit the park for fishing, boating, kayaking, picnicking, or just enjoying the sights and sounds of nature, you will be met with an abundance of outdoor opportunities.

The Susquehanna River’s West Branch, which runs right by the park, once supported a booming lumber industry during the 19th century. The land where the park now resides played a key role in that history as Williamsport and the surrounding lands were a hub for manufacturing this lumber. Today, you can learn more about this history by joining a cruise on The Hiawatha, watching their information video, and taking in the scenery first-hand.

The Hiawatha is a modern paddlewheel river boat, that operates seasonally from May through October.

Additionally, the Hiawatha House serves as a central hub for amenities during the operating season. This includes the availability of river excursion tickets, souvenirs, and a diverse selection of snacks, sandwiches, and beverages. Whether exploring the river or seeking mementos, Susquehanna State Park provides a welcoming space for both relaxation and adventure.

Parking and Trail Access

The park provides convenient parking facilities at two locations: one near the entrance off the Arch Bridge, close to the Susquehanna State Park Access and Boat Ramp, and the other a bit farther down, near the Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat. These well-placed parking lots offer easy access to the park’s scenic trails and points of interest. For those coming from US- 220, take the Reach Road Exit. Turn right onto Road, followed by a right into Arch Street. The park entrance is on the north side of the Arch Street Bridge.

This circular map shows the roads around Susquehanna State Park.

Information and Map courtesy of PA DCNR