Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenways Trail

Susquehanna State Park, Maryland

Elevation Gain176ft
Trailhead Elevation23ft
Elevation Min/Max12/33ft
Elevation Start/End23/23ft

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenways Trail

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenways Trail is a hiking trail in Harford County, Maryland. It is within Susquehanna State Park. It is three miles long and begins at 23 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 176 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenways Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A favorite among birding diehards and wildflower enthusiasts, this trail follows the west bank of the Susquehanna River from the historic community of Rock Run to Conowingo Dam; along the way watch for bald eagles and other wildlife, plus rare and endangered blooms.

The trail is flat, but careful footing is required in rough places along the first half mile. Biking this trail requires a mountain bike or hybrid. Spring is outstanding for its wildflowers; winter brings good bald eagle viewing and cross-country skiing. Surface: Crushed stone and dirt; wood decking in wetland areas."

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenways Trail Reviews

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As stated, the first section from the south is now not passable by bicycle. Start on the road for 1/2 mile or so and there is a bridge at the trail that is a start for riding the trail, but this is single track along river, not rail for a mile or so. Then rail trail which is very maintained up to the dam. This area has numerous other back roads and trails that can be added to this ride. Very nice area. This ride is best for trail riders not mountain biking.
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The trail is "fair". Your description that it is OK for mountain bikes and hybrids is optomistic. We started on the south end - not enough time to go all the way and back. The lower half mile is an old RR track with washouts, rotten ties, loose rails hanging over areas of washed out road beds. Scenery is generally very pleasant. The best features are the descriptions, old photos, history, etc. that describe the old mill, early rsidents, the old canal and locks that can be seen south of the southerly trail head. Unfortunately, the buildings are appartently not open on fall weekends, and there is no information as to if and when they are open. No portable facilities at south end. Not ADA suitable.
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This is one of those trails that we have returned to for several weekends in a row. The trail is well covered by the trees and your right on top of the flowing river. If you’re a fisherman well bring your rod and rides to the spots were no one would dare walk to. If you’re a nature lover bring your looking glasses, Bald Eagles and a lot rear birds galore just be careful when your riding not to run over a fisherman. My family and I love this place we have found picnicking along the paths a lot of fun. For the more experienced rides there is about a 1.5-mile section you can do some real mountain biking or you can ride around the fallen trees. For those less experienced rides there is a way around the woods that lets you out on to the much smother trail. This place is a very good family experience. This is a trail for the early spring with the wild flowers in bloom. Someone just threw color everywhere. This trail also runs with the Mason Dixon trail. This is a must visit spot. I’m sorry that the Dam’s catwalk area had to be closed because of the 9/11 disaster. Walking on the catwalk watching the water flow from the dam shows the power of the power plant and the river. The power plant were you can start your ride has been very good to all who want to visit here. There is plenty of parking for your car or truck. Have fun on this trail, we sure do !

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Trail Information

Susquehanna State Park
Nearby City
Susquehanna State Park
Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Maryland Greenways Commission
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Sep 2018