Susquehannock State Park

Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17604

Susquehannock State Park

Susquehannock State Park Professional Guide

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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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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Harrisburg (Menasha Ridge Press)
Matt Willen
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"This hike links several of the park trails to make a pleasant outing. It begins with a stroll out to the Hawk Point Overlook and then follows the Overlook Trail to the Wissler’s Run Overlook. From there, it heads north on the Fire Trail for a short distance before descending into a hollow on the appropriately named Rhododendron Trail. It follows this trail out of the hollow and down to Wissler Run. Departing Wissler Run, it follows a small tributary past the Neel Foundation site to the Holly Trail, where it turns left and returns to the Fire Trail near the Wissler’s Run Overlook."

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720 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5 hours
Spring, summer, fall
Susquehannock State Park, 1880 Park Dr., Drumore 17518; (717) 252- 1134;
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USGS Holtwood, PA
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