Top Photo Locations in the Susquehanna Greenway

Grab your cameras and #GetOutontheGreenway! May 1st marks the beginning of #NationalPhotographyMonth. Couple that with the awakening of Spring along the Susquehanna and there’s no denying any excuse to get outside and take some photos. Not sure where to start? Here are some favorite spots in the Susquehanna Greenway perfect for any photo excursion.

Marie Antoinette Overlook (Bradford County)

Photo by Rick Hiduk

Set 500 feet above the North Branch of the Susquehanna River, the Marie Antoinette Overlook offers sweeping views of a valley with historical significance. The land below, today known as Asylum Township, became home to French aristocrat refugees who had fled from the French Revolution in 1793. The French Azilum Historic Site and the LaPorte House Museum can be seen from the Overlook. Before colonial settlement, the area was originally named "The Meadows" by the Iroquois who inhabited the land.

Hyner View State Park (Clinton County)

Photo by Scott Hafer

This scenic vista is sure to take your photography to new heights. Hyner View State Park showcases a vast expanse of the valley both along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and surrounding mountains. It is a favorite spot for hang gliders with a ramp just below the lookout point for launching out over the river valley. The park also has a picnic area, parking,and restrooms, and is surrounded by Sproul State Forest.

Shikellamy State Park (Union & Northumberland Counties)

Photo by Charisse Baldoria

Located at the confluence of the West Branch and North Branch of the Susquehanna River, Shikellamy State Park is divided into two main sections: (1) the Overlook on the western shore of the West Branch, and (2) a Marina on the southern portion of Packer's Island on the North Branch. Covering 132 acres, the park features a nature trail and overlook with stunning views of the river as well as boating, walking, and biking opportunities. Get your timing right and you can visually see the blue waters of the West Branch and darker waters of the North Branch merging at the confluence. Shikellamy is also home to Lake Augusta, a seasonal lake that is a popular rowing site during the warmer months.

Isle of Que
(Snyder County)

Photo by Rita Kurtz

The Isle of Que is a long narrow peninsula on the outskirts of Selinsgrove, PA, about a half-mile wide and five and a half miles long. Not only is it a beautiful spot to walk or bike and admire beautiful waterside houses along the Susquehanna River, but it is also home to a public landing with picnic facilities, seasonal restrooms, and a boat launch to explore the area by canoe or kayak. Native Americans considered the southernmost tip to be sacred land, and though it is now mostly farmland, the tip of the Isle was once an Indian burial ground.

Rockville Bridge (Dauphin County)

Photo by Christoph Esposito

The Susquehanna River has a rich railroad heritage, and the Rockville Bridge of Dauphin County is one of the most renowned railroad bridges that crosses the river. Completed in in the year 1902, the Rockville Bridge was, and remains, the longest stone masonry arch railroad viaduct in the world. Today the bridge can be admired from either side of the river and remains active with multiple train crossings every day. Other nearby attractions include the Fort Hunter Mansion and Park on the Susquehanna’s east bank, and the Dauphin Narrows Statue of Liberty just upriver. Photo ops abound!

Chickies Rock Overlook Trail (Lancaster County)

Photo by Adam Hoke

Chickies Rock Overlook Trail follows an old trolley line route to a 100-foot rock outcrop overlooking the Susquehanna River. The short hike ends with a stunning vista from which you can see the river, a railroad line, and rural landscapes in the distance. To extend your trail excursion, you can also hop on the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail, which is popular for walking and biking along the river and through river town communities like Columbia, Marietta, and Bainbridge.

The Pinnacle Overlook (Lancaster County)

Managed by Susquehannock State Park in Holtwood, PA, The Pinnacle Overlook offers beautiful views of the Susquehanna River’s Lake Aldred. Though the view is breathtaking any time of day, sunsets are a prime time for photos since the vista faces west. From the overlook, visitors can also access the Kelly’s Run Trail System of the Lancaster County Conservancy and the Conestoga Trail System maintained by the Lancaster Hiking Club. Other nearby attractions include Hawk Point and the Holtwood Bridge.

Susquehanna Island Rookeries (Lower Susquehanna)

Photo by John Renard; Blue crowned Heron perched on a stump; Brunner Island

The Susquehanna River is habitat to many bird species like the Great Egret or the Blue Crowned Heron pictured above. The islands of the Susquehanna serve as nesting grounds to some of these species, making them great locations for wildlife photography. Wade Island Rookery, for example, is Pennsylvania's largest multi-species nesting island. Since the island is protected, access is not permitted, but photography is still allowed from boats on the river and the nearby shore. Other popular birding islands include McCormick Island in Harrisburg, PA, and Brunner Island further south.

Looking for other ways to get out on the Greenway? Find trails, parks, and river towns on our Plan Your Visit page. 

**You can also use this guide to capture some photos for our 8th Annual Photo Contest, now accepting entries here!**

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