With the Susquehanna River in our back yard and the ridges and valleys of the Appalachian Mountains on all sides, Harrisburg is perfectly placed for outdoor adventure. Our real estate agents are excited to get outside and explore this summer, and we're here to share some of our favorite Kayaking spots in the area!
- Susquehanna River - Harrisburg, PA 17101
It's hard to imagine a more inviting kayaking destination than the Susquehanna River. Generally calm and meandering during the summer months, the river offers spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. The longest river in the Eastern United States at 444 miles, the Susquehanna is easily accessible from dozens of parks and boat launches in and around Harrisburg. City Island, which sits mid-stream just minutes from Downtown Harrisburg and these Harrisburg homes for sale, is a favorite launch site among local kayakers. Keep an eye out for rocks and complex currents in certain areas, and consider paddling with an experienced guide if you're new to the river.
- Swatara Creek - Pine Grove, PA 17963
The Swatara Creek Water Trail is one of Pennsylvania's great kayak routes. Traversing a 60-mile stretch of Swatara Creek from the town of Pine Grove to its confluence with the Susquehanna River, the trail is one of the most beautiful paddle trip destinations in the state. Swatara State Park is a great place to start exploring, offering access to many miles of the water trail, with excellent fishing and beautiful mixed hardwood forest along the banks of the creek. The park is located a stone's throw from these Pine Grove Homes for Sale.
- Blue Marsh Recreation Area - Reading, PA 19506
Centered around 1,150-acre Blue Marsh Lake, Blue Marsh Recreation Area offers endless possibilities for anyone with a love of the outdoors. The lake's vast, undeveloped shoreline and miles of open water are prime territory for kayakers and canoeists. Try to plan your trip on a weekday to avoid the summer pleasure boater crowd and enjoy the lake's splendid scenery, just down the road from many Reading Homes for Sale. The recreation area also offers 5,000 acres of land with more than 35 miles of trails.
- Middle Creek Reservoir - Denver, PA 17517
Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area is known for being one of the best bird-watching spots in the Harrisburg area, with dozens of bird species inhabiting its rich marshlands. It's also home to picturesque Middle Creek Reservoir, a prime kayak spot with 360 acres of calm, tranquil waters. Bring a pair of binoculars and keep an eye out for bald eagles circling overhead and great blue herons patrolling the shoreline. Middle Creek Kayak Rentals offers all your kayak and gear needs nearby, and these Denver Homes for Sale are just minutes away.
- Juniata River - Mifflintown, PA 17059
The meandering course of the Juniata River Water Trail follows its namesake river through hundreds of miles of Pennsylvania's most beautiful countryside. The slow-rolling river passes forests, farmlands and charming small towns before emptying into the Susquehanna in Duncannon, just a few miles north of Harrisburg. You can access the water trail at dozens of points along the way, including a charming town park in Mifflintown, just minutes from these Mifflintown homes for sale. The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission publishes a detailed set of maps and guidebooks to this and other official water trails across the state.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Harrisburg and the surrounding area. Our little corner of Pennsylvania is one big playground for anyone who loves the outdoors, and we can't wait to share it with you!