This day trip is your chance to paddle one of most remote areas of the Susquehanna River, deep in the wooded landscape of Pennsylvania’s Lumber Heritage Region along the West Branch. Here, Pennsylvania’s virgin timber was harvested throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries and floated down the Susquehanna to supply lumber for shipbuilding, construction, and coal mine props. Today, the woodlands and waterways of the Lumber Heritage Region provide some of our favorite landscapes for outdoor recreation.

To begin this excursion, launch from the Renovo 5th Street Access (constructed in 2018), and paddle a few miles past green wooded mountains and some residential areas. Just past the North Bend access you will pass the mouth of Young Woman’s Creek, and from this point the river will flow southeast.  A few points of interest from here include the Red Hill Fossil site, Hyner Run, and just under the Gold Star Mothers Bridge you will finish your voyage at the Hyner Access.  Keep your eyes peeled for hang gliders launching from the top of Hyner View State Park. Nearby is the Western Clinton Sportsmen’s facility.

Photo by Jennie Andrews


Renovo is a Susquehanna Greenway River Town. The Renovo access has parking and is near food, restrooms, picnic areas, and lodging. The Hyner access also has parking. Camping and a cabin are within a drivable distance at Hyner Run State Park (fee).

Put In

River Mile 97.8; Renovo 5th Street Access (constructed 2018)

Take Out

River Mile 90.8; PFBC Hyner Access, south side of river

More Day Trips in the West Branch

river and landscape

Muncy to Watsontown

12.24 miles


McElhattan to Jersey Shore

6.4 miles


Hyner to Baker Run

7.3 Miles


Karthaus to Renovo

34.5 miles


Frenchville to Karthaus

16.2 miles


Lumber City to Curwensville

6.7 miles


Williamsport to Muncy

10 miles


Jersey Shore to Williamsport

13.5 miles


Baker Run to Lock Haven

14 miles


Lock Haven to Williamsport

17 miles