View from Chickies Rock Overlook
Water Trail at Harrisburg
Photo by Amy Spangler

Susquehanna River Water Trail - Lower Section

Running from Harrisburg to the Mason-Dixon Line, the Lower Section passes through a tremendous diversity of natural and built environments, from industrial yards to bird habitat, including cutting through the heart of the Susquehanna Piedmont Gorge.  The river has a variety of unique geologic features including river potholes and deeps and important cultural resources including river rock art (petroglyphs). Much of the area is within the Susquehanna National Heritage Area, and it offers abundant outdoor recreation, and cultural exploration.

The water trail passes by a number of key power generation utility areas including four hydroelectric facilities, two nuclear power plants, a pumped-storage plant, and a steam-electric station. The three major dams to note for portages are the York Haven at RM-57, Safe Harbor at RM-32.3, and Holtwood Dam at RM-24.8. Paddlers are encouraged to contact the Susquehanna National Heritage Area prior to their trip to gather contact information for the dams and confirm their associated portage routes.

Webpage: Lower Section of the Susquehanna Water Trail

Trail Guide: Lower Section Water Trail Map & Guide

Online Map - Explore access points and nearby greenway features!

Day Trip Paddles - Lower Susquehanna 


Water Trail Manager
Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Region