“This flat, gravel, multi-use trail travels along a lush riverbank on the Susquehanna River.
— Zach Buecker
Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
While the entire trail might prove too much, kids will love using a shorter portion of this hike.
The Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail is a fantastic multi-use trail that parallels the Susquehanna River. The trail travels along a gravel path through the woods for its entirety and provides great views of the Susquehanna River and Deer Creek.
During storms or after large precipitation events, the trail may be closed as the dam releases water that can be dangerous in the area of the trail. Swimming is not recommended in this area as the water is swift and sometimes turbulent.
Need to Know
The northern parking area has a large group of vultures that have made the area their home. They also have been known to sit on cars in the parking lot and even try to eat your windshield wipers or other loose items on your car. Frequent users of the area have begun to drape tarps over their vehicles while using the trail or fishing. Another option is to park further north in the parking lot towards the dam. The vultures seem to like the area closer to the trailhead.
There are porta-potties in the north parking area and no facilities at the south parking area.
Parking is available at either end of the trail. The north end parking is extensive and is limited to daylight hours. The parking on the south end is smaller and is comprised of roadside pull-offs just over the bridge crossing Deer Creek.
The trail is very flat and well maintained. There is one section of boardwalk over wetlands, but other than that it is gravel. On any given day, you'll run into many hikers, walkers, runners, and bikers. This area is also popular for fishing, so it's common to see many people rolling coolers and carrying their fishing rods down the trail.
Flora & Fauna
This area is dominated by a beautiful deciduous forest of ash and tulip poplar. Wildflowers can be seen in the spring. The Conowingo Dam is one of the top places in the US to see bald eagles. The further north in the parking area you travel, the more loooong telephoto lenses you'll see. People from all over travel to photograph and admire the bald eagles. At times, you can see 5-10 eagles at once.
History & Background
This trail was built on an abandoned railway. Near the south end of the trail, there is an old beautiful stone furnace.