Susquehannock State Park

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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The park overlooks the Lower Susquehanna River in southern Lancaster County. There are just 5 miles of hiking within this 224-acre park, but the Bureau of Parks includes this tiny park on its list of the best-kept secrets of the Pennsylvania State Park System. Highlights include panoramic, cliff-side views of the Susquehanna River and an optional visit to the Lock No. 12 Historic Area. Susquehannock State Park is small and a million miles from nowhere, but it’s well worth a visit to do this hike, especially in mid-June to early July, when the rhododendron is in bloom. This hike takes you through miles of rhododendron, alongside a bubbling mountain stream, and out onto cliff -side viewing platforms that rise 380 feet above the Susquehanna River as it makes its way from Pennsylvania into Maryland.
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by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

The park overlooks the Lower Susquehanna River in southern Lancaster County. There are just 5 miles of hiking within this 224-acre park, but the Bureau of Parks includes this tiny park on its list of the best-kept secrets of the Pennsylvania State Park System. Highlights include panoramic, cliff-side views of the Susquehanna River and an optional visit to the Lock No. 12 Historic Area.

Susquehannock State Park is small and a million miles from nowhere, but it’s well worth a visit to do this hike, especially in mid-June to early July, when the rhododendron is in bloom. This hike takes you through miles of rhododendron, alongside a bubbling mountain stream, and out onto cliff -side viewing platforms that rise 380 feet above the Susquehanna River as it makes its way from Pennsylvania into Maryland.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Lancaster
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 720 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Susquehannock State Park, 1880 Park Dr., Drumore 17518; (717) 252- 1134; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/susquehanna/
Local Maps: USGS Holtwood, PA
Driving Directions: Directions to Susquehannock State Park

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