Watsontown Towpath Trail

County: Northumberland

Length: 1.2 miles

Trail End Points: Canal Street Riverfront Park and West Milton State Bank 

Trail Surface: Natural, Red Clay 

Trail Activities: Walking, Mountain Biking

Description:

The Watsontown Canal Towpath is a 1-mile hiking trail that parallels the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. With some recent extensions, the trail now runs from the southern end of Elm Street to the West Milton State Bank parking area. Users who plan on biking the trail should be prepared with a mountain bike, due to the uneven surface and tree roots. A couple steep inclines make this a fun and energetic walking/biking path. The trail also serves as a history lesson on the railroad and canal system that used to run through town. The walking path was originally used by horses which pulled canal boats along the canal. 

Parking and Trail Access:

Public parking is available at the riverfront park next to Canal Street in Watsontown, on the east side of the river bridge. The park has a boat-shaped pavilion, as well as a primitive boat launch. Informational panels about the trail can be located next to the pavilion. The trailhead can be accessed by walking the path from the park down and under the West Brimmer Ave Bridge. Additional trailheads are located on West 5th Street and West 10th Street. 

Top photo courtesy: Alltrails.com  

Bottom photos courtesy: susquehannavalley.blogspot