Spring Outdoor Adventures in the Susquehanna River Valley

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Come to the Susquehanna River Valley and Get Out into Nature!

It has been a snowy and blowy winter, but it's finally warming up and the sun is shining a bit brighter and longer every day. Spring is announcing its arrival and welcoming you back outside. Turn off the electronics and turn on all your senses. You’ll be amazed by the sound of birds singing, rolling farm fields, lush green trees, the wind blowing through your hair, bright sweet-smelling flowers and panoramic views of the river.

Recreational opportunities abound—hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, golfing, watching wildlife or taking a leisurely stroll through a park with family.

 








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Trails for Hiking

Spring is a lovely season in the Susquehanna River Valley. The trees are budding, flowers are blooming and the birds are singing as they wing their way north. So, lace up your boots, hit the trails and rejoice in spring’s arrival! The SRV has many trails popular for hiking. Read more.








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The Susquehanna River Valley: A Premier Cycling Destination

The daylight hours are lasting longer and the weather is thankfully turning warmer, a welcome change for avid cyclists as well as recreational riders. We are sure you are eager to get back in the saddle and log some miles in the sunshine. The Susquehanna River Valley is the perfect Mid-Atlantic cycling destination for riders of every age and stage. For more information about biking in the SRV. Read More.

 







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Off-Roading Adventures

The geography and geology of the coal region has made outdoor recreation a game-changer for the region, gaining recognition nationwide as an off-road riding destination. The Coal Heritage region is home to Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA), one of the top 10 destinations for ATVs, full-size vehicles and dirt bikes. Adjacent to AOAA is Famous Reading Outdoors. Combined, these two ATV destinations offer 30,000 acres of outdoor adventure. Bald Eagle State Forest offers hundreds of miles of ATV, dual sport motorcycle and shared use trails. Read more.

 







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Fun on the Water

The majestic Susquehanna River, at roughly 444 miles in length, is the longest river on the east coast. The North (Main) Branch forms in upstate New York, travels through Pennsylvania and joins with the West Branch at its confluence in the heart of the Susquehanna River Valley where Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties also converge. It eventually flows into the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. 

Winding its way through Pennsylvania the river passes tranquil natural areas, pastoral farmlands and historic towns of the Susquehanna River Valley. The scenic Susquehanna provides year-round beauty and inspiration. The river offers many recreational opportunities - wildlife watching, photography, fishing, boating, canoeing and kayaking and relaxing in riverside parks.







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Find out more about water recreation at the following links:

  • Top 20 River Spots - We have created a list of places to inspire you and provide hours of relaxation and recreation. Though certainly not exhaustive, it provides twenty unique and memorable river spots.

  • Paddling - For the boaters and water-lovers among us, the Susquehanna River Valley provides lakes, rivers and creeks for watery fun. Read more.
Fishing  - Opportunities abound for all levels of fishermen.  Known for amazing small mouth bass fishing, the Susquehanna River also supports many other fish like catfish, rainbow trout, large mouth bass, American shad, perch, rock bass, bullheads and many others.  For expert information about fishing on the Susquehanna River, consider joining Tom's Fishing Guide Service for a fun and affordable day on the beautiful Susquehanna River enjoying nature and catching fish!  

Penns Creek, a 66-mile-long tributary of the Susquehanna River, is another favorite fishing location. This large, limestone-influenced stream supports strong numbers of wild Brown Trout throughout much of its length. Penns Creek is one of the most popular wild trout streams in Pennsylvania and the eastern U.S.

Find more insider secrets to fishing the Susquehanna River HERE.

 

 







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Bird Watching

Bird-watching is a wonderful way to enjoy the great outdoors. Below you'll find a list of some of the best spots to relax and watch for majestic Bald Eagles and other raptors, to listen for your favorite songbirds, and to spy perching birds or waterfowl as you enlarge your familiarity with the great diversity of birds and their habitats. Read more.








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Parks & Playgrounds

Local town parks and playgrounds are a wonderful place to gather with family and friends for fun and recreation. Enjoy a picnic, let the kids run off some energy with playmates and enjoy delightful outdoor greenspaces as you reconnect with cherished loved ones.  Read more.





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Golfing

Spring is a great time to bird-watch while on the golf course. Common birds to look for while golfing include the albatross, eagle, birdie and condor.
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it is a beautiful season to hit the links. After a long winter, you can finally head to your favorite golf course or visit a course you haven’t tried yet for a new challenge. Every shot is the perfect shot when enjoying the spring delights and wonderful sights (including setting your sights on those hopefully common golf course birds) at Susquehanna River Valley golf clubs, both public and semi-private.  Read more.








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Disc Golfing

One of The Fastest Growing Sports, disc golf is similar to traditional golf, however, instead of using golf clubs and balls aiming for a hole, disc golf players use disc golf discs (Frisbees) and aim for a disc golf basket which is a pole extending up from the ground with chains and a basket where the disc lands.

Faylor Lake DiscGolfPark in Beaver Springs PA is an 18-hole championship level disc golf course designed to challenge the best players in the world. With beautiful grass fairways, stunning lake views and beautiful trees this course offers everything you could ask of a disc golf course. Though it will challenge the best players in the world, there is a second set of teepads that will accommodate rec and intermediate level players as well. This makes Faylor Lake DGP the perfect family getaway providing an enjoyable hike and disc golf fun for everyone from the youngest to the oldest.

The course is free to play and open to the public from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. Come and accept the challenge of playing disc golf at Faylor Lake today!

Faylor Lake DiscGolfPark also made the top 3 list of best disc golf courses for pro disc golfer Simon Lizotte.

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Gain a New Perspective: View the Valley from the Air

Do you ever wish you could take wing like a bird and see nature's beauty from a bird's eye view? Balloon Rides Daily by The U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team can make your dream come true!
Enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the beautiful Susquehanna River Valley. Sunrise and sunset flights originate daily. Add a tethered or flyaway balloon ride to any event you may be hosting.

 

 






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Equestrian

"The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and fire." - Sharon Raffs

Meander through field and forest on horseback in the Susquehanna River Valley. 
State forests, parks
 and game lands offer shared use trails to thrill all riders who have a longing to ride in free wild spaces. Susquehanna River Valley Equestrian Centers offer training, camps, shows, clinics and lessons for riders of all ages and experience levels. they also offer full care, permanent and temporary boarding facilities for your horse. Read more