Trail

Susquehanna SP: Lower Susquehanna Heritage Trail

Havre de Grace, MD
Length: 5.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

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Your adventure will start in the Deer Creek Picnic Area, located on Stafford Road. Walk back to Stafford Road and turn left. You will see a bridge to your right. Walk across this bridge to reach the trailhead for the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Trail. Please be careful and watch out for traffic as you make your way to the trail.
You will be walking the trail from the trailhead to the Conowingo Dam. It is 2.5 miles in length EACH WAY, and follows along the Susquehanna River. You may prefer to bike this trail.

As you enter the trail, you will notice a structure to your right. You are standing at a flint furnace that derived power to operate from the Susquehanna River. This is just one of many important industrial places that relied on the river to operate.
Follow this pathway as it winds down towards the River.
Take a few minutes to enjoy the river itself. Rivers are and have been used to provide much for humans. The water we drink, fostering plants and animals that provide a food source, travel from one place to another, powering industrial pursuits, a pleasant afternoon of swimming and relaxation, as well as powering our homes. The Susquehanna River, which runs from New York State to the Chesapeake Bay, has done all of these things.
Your final destination is the Coniwingo Dam. In 1928, the Mighty Susquehanna’s power was captured to provide electricity. The Dam still works in that capacity, but also offers some fantastic bird watching opportunities. Check and see how many Bald Eagles you can spy. Be careful not be attacked by turkey buzzards! Count how many levees are open on the dam. You’re 2.5 miles in now so turn around to return to the car.

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Trail Features

Surface type Mixed
Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Mud Puddles, Picnic Area, Playground, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, Waterfall, and Wildlife Viewing

Located along the Susquehanna River valley with its heavy forest cover and rocky terrain, Susquehanna State Park offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. The park is home to some of the most popular mountain biking trails in Maryland and the river itself beckons fishermen and boaters alike. Susquehanna State Park also contains a family friendly campground with traditional campsites and cabins. History buffs will be drawn to the restored Rock Run Historic Area with its working gristmill, the Carter-Archer Mansion, Jersey Toll House and the remains of the Susquehanna & Tidewater Canal. The river offers excellent fishing opportunities, including pike, perch, and bass for shoreline anglers or boating anglers who launch from the Lapidum Boat Ramp.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Day Use Service Charges:
Deer Creek Picnic Area, daily March – October $2/vehicle; out-of-state residents $4/vehicle; open weekends only November – February

https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/oc.aspx

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Getting There

Take I-95 north or south to Route 155, exit 89. Proceed west on Route 155 to Route 161. Turn right on Route 161 and then right on Rock Run Road. Follow Rock Run Road to the park. Once in the park follow the signs to the Deer Creek Picnic Area. The Greenways Trail begins just past the Deer Creek Picnic Area where Stafford Road and Craig’s Corner Road meet.