Winter Outdoor Adventures in the Susquehanna River Valley

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Every season is the right season to visit Central Pennsylvania's Susquehanna River Valley and winter is no exception! Bundle up, get out and discover the often-missed joys and beauty of the season from glittering landscapes to cheerfully lit downtowns. Watch the steam curl away from a piping hot drink as you wander through fluffy white trees coated with fresh snow. Enjoy the crisp bite in the air and the crunch of frozen surfaces underfoot. Now is the perfect time to emerge from that blanket fort and enjoy Mother Nature at her finest.











Trails for Hiking, Cross-country Skiing and Snoeshoeing

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The SRV has many trails popular for hiking as well as cross-country skiing and snow shoeing when the snow blankets the Susquehanna River Valley.

Easy hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails can be found at area state parks as well. Raymond B. Winter State Park has over five miles of park pathways with connecting trails and roads on surrounding state forest land. Or amble along the riverside trails at Shikellamy State Park and Milton State Park. Of course, for the die-hard winter warrior more difficult trails can be found at each of these mentioned sites.







Cross-Country Skiing at Bald Eagle State Forest

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Twenty-four miles of cross-country ski trails have been developed within the Bald Eagle State Forest, with trail-heads at R. B. Winter State Park  and Hairy Johns Picnic Area.

 

To view conditions and receive information on winter activities available throughout the Pennsylvania State Parks, go to State Parks Winter Report:










Snowmobiling

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Bald Eagle State Forest has more than 300 miles of state forest roads and trails open for snowmobiling. View DCNR's Snowmobile Trails Map here. Snowmobiles must be properly registered and may only be operated within designated roads in Bald Eagle State Forest following the official closing of antlerless deer season.

 

Trail maps for outdoor recreation, including location of roads and eight access areas for snowmobiles, are available from the district office or from the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau in Lewisburg. Call 570-524-7234 or email [email protected] to request that a map be mailed to you.

 

Purple Lizard Maps of Bald Eagle State Forest are also available at the Visitors Bureau. These maps cost $15.90 plus applicable shipping. Call the Visitors Center (570-524-7234) if you would like to purchase a Purple Lizard Map.

Lizard Maps are durable, waterproof, easy to read topographic maps featuring contour lines, elevation data, shaded relief, and all the key details you need to plan your adventures: backroads and trails, trail use designations, road surfaces (paved/gravel/4wd), parking access, campsites, public lands, historic sites and more

 






State Parks Winter Report

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To view conditions and receive information on winter activities throughout the Pennsylvania State Parks, go to State Parks Winter Report:

The Pennsylvania state parks Winter Report allows winter outdoor recreation enthusiasts to monitor snow and ice conditions with state parks.

The Winter Report is updated weekly (at a minimum) by state parks during the winter season.

The report lists the ice thickness and what ice activities are available at that park. Sometimes a park can have ice, but if it is not thick enough, then the activities are not available.

The report also lists the snow thickness and what snow activities are available at that park. Sometimes a park can have snow, but if it is not thick enough, then the activities are not available.

The report is searchable by park and by winter outdoor recreation activity.

 




Winter Cycling in the SRV

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The changing seasons in Central PA, each with their own unique beauty, are one of the many reasons people love living in and visiting the Susquehanna River Valley. The seasons have changed. Winter is here. The snow has fallen and the views are stunning. So we encourage you to come outside! 

Though you may usually put the bike away at the first sign of cold, cycling doesn't have to be over. Bicycling.com offers tips and tricks for enjoying a great ride in wintry weather. 

 

For expert advice and equipment for winter cycling, the pros at Brookside Bikes and Earl's Bicycle Store are ready to help.

Brookside Bikes

170 E. Walnut St., Mifflinburg, PA 17844
570-966-1062
Brookside Bikes is family-owned and -operated and located adjacent to the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail in Mifflinburg. It's the perfect place to start a scenic bike tour of the beautiful Susquehanna River Valley. Since 2009, Brookside Bikes has offered a wide selection of new and used bikes, parts and accessories and prompt, high-quality service for the local area. **See Facebook for hours.

Earl's Bicycle Store

427 Fairground Rd., Lewisburg, PA 17837
570-524-1249
Committed to making cycling fun for the whole family. Offering sales, service, rentals and expert advice. The rental fleet includes over 30 bikes such as hybrids, electric, mountain, road, tandem, children's, etc.
**Walk-in Customers, Online Shopping and Local Delivery. See website for hours.





Ice Skating

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When the Temperature Drops, Ice-Skating is a Fun Outdoor Pursuit for all ages.

What winter would be complete without a trip to the local ice skating rink (followed by a hot cup of cocoa)? Both Sunbury (indoor rink) and Lewisburg (outdoor rink) have places to lace up the skates to twirl and spin or play a rip-roaring game of ice hockey.

The James R. Eister Youth & Community Center in Sunbury is the main entrance for the public ice skating rink and is open daily October through March. The ice rink is fully enclosed and is the "home ice" for the Bucknell University, Bloomsburg University and Susquehanna University Ice Hockey teams, as well as many youth and adult ice hockey teams, including "Susquehanna Valley Stampede".
Visit Sunbury Ice Skating Rink for  COVID-19 ALERTS, rink times for open skating plus information about ice hockey and figure skating lessons.

The Lewisburg Ice Rink opens during winter depending upon the weather. The rink is entirely outdoors and is located on the corner of Saint Mary and Saint Lawrence Streets.
Although the rink is entirely outdoors, there is an outdoor wood fire to warm up, skate rental, and an accessible port-a-potty.  The best way to find out if the rink is open is to call 570-524-4774 or check the BVRA Facebook page.

 

In the heart of winter when the temperatures have been consistently below freezing, Halfway Lake at
R. B. Winter State Park freezes enough to allow ice skating.

Be sure to check the winter conditions before going out onto the ice.
To view conditions and receive information on winter activities throughout the Pennsylvania State Parks, go to State Parks Winter Report