Conestoga River

Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17622

Conestoga River

Conestoga River Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"America's first steamboat harbinger of the modern industrial age got its start on the Conestoga River in Lancaster County, famous today for its Pennsylvania Dutch Amish community that eschews such modern conveniences as electricity, phones, and automobiles for a simpler life. Floating this section of river lets you cover the same stretch of water that the first steamboat reportedly did."

Conestoga River Reviews

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The Conestoga River is a gorgeous paddling spot in the Lancaster, PA area. It is a Class I river, so it’s a great spot for beginners and anyone who enjoys leisurely Class I paddling surrounded by gorgeous scenery. The river itself is 60 miles long, with a 40+ mile stretch designated as the Conestoga Water Trail. There are numerous access points along the way. For example, Perelman Park in Manheim has a nice canoe launch (as well as a wetland trail that makes it a great spot to stretch your legs and spot local wildlife). I visited during the summer and really enjoyed it, though I learned that fall is THE time to go, as the fall foliage along the way is supposed to be spectacular. I hope to return soon!

Conestoga River Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
3 to 5 hours
Class I
Generally canoeable year-round; possible scratchy spots in late summer
Season & Limits
USGS Lancaster and Conestoga; river trail map available from Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018