Summer Outdoor Adventures in the Susquehanna River Valley

“Now I see the secret of making the best person, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth."  - Walt Whitman

Come to the Susquehanna River Valley and Get Out into the Open Air!

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

Visit the SRV Events Calendar for a list of upcoming Outdoor Recreation Events.

Fun on the Water

Kayak PeaceThe 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.

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.


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! Introducing Children to Fishing.

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.


Cyclist overlookThe Susquehanna River Valley: A Premier Cycling Destination

Summer's glorious weather is sure to bring back memories of childhood bike riding at full tilt with the wind in your hair and not a care in the world! A bike ride in the Susquehanna River Valley is sure to transport avid cyclists as well as recreational riders back to those carefree days of summer vacation. Now's the time to get back on the bike 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.


Timmy Hiking



Trails for Hiking

Summer is a bursting in gorgeous sunshine and bird song. The trees are verdant, flowers are blooming and river is lazily flowing past farmlands and quaint towns. So, lace up your boots, hit the trails and rejoice in all the glory of summer in the Susquehanna River Valley. The SRV has many trails popular for hiking, whether in state forests, along the river bank or in a community park. Read more.

Find seven great locations for introducing children to the wonder and excitement  of hiking: Read more.




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