We're fortunate to have one of the most beautiful rivers in America running right through our backyard. Here in Harrisburg, our real estate agents have learned that the great outdoors is one of our main attractions, and the Susquehanna River is at the top of the list.
Famous for its splendid scenery, excellent fishing and endless boating, rafting and kayaking opportunities, the Susquehanna River is at the heart of the Harrisburg, PA area. Here's what you need to know about exploring the Susquehanna in and around Harrisburg.
The Susquehanna River meanders through 444 miles of New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland before emptying into the Chesapeake Bay. It's the longest river in the Chesapeake watershed. The river is at its widest near Harrisburg and has been an essential waterway for shipping and commerce since colonial times.
Along the way, it passes through rolling hills, dense forests, open farmland and right by our back door in Harrisburg, PA. Bald eagles nest in towering trees alongside the river, great blue heron hunt in its backwaters, and the river teems with an abundance of game fish, from smallmouth and largemouth bass to pike, walleye, and catfish.
The section of the Susquehanna River just north (upstream) from Harrisburg is perfect for a day trip by kayak. The communities of Duncannon and Marysville, just a few miles from Harrisburg, both have easily accessible put-in points for small boats. From there it's easy to make your way downstream toward the city.
Along the way, you'll pass under railroad bridges, past rocky shores, and through a few mild rapids, though the waters are generally calm and easily navigable. Only in spring do the waters become high and turbulent. Blue Mountain Outfitters, just off Route 11, is a good take-out point, but there are a lot of options. The outfitter is also a great place to find kayaking gear and expert advice on when, where and how to explore the river.
Kayaking on the Susquehanna River offers ample opportunity to cast for the river's abundant smallmouth bass, scrappy game fish that readily strike spinners, live minnows and soft plastic baits cast toward deep pools and downstream from riffles. A short drive along Route 11/15 will reveal plenty of access sites, which are equally useful for shore fishing as for launching a boat.
Numerous camping opportunities are available along the river, including Riverfront Campground in Duncannon and the Mountain Creek Campground in Dauphin. The Appalachian Trail crosses the Susquehanna River over the Clark's Ferry Bridge just east of Harrisburg and is one of many excellent hiking options in the area.
Contact us today to learn more about life on the banks of the Susquehanna River. We've helped countless clients find great Harrisburg homes for sale, and we're committed to helping you find the perfect spot to call home.