Susquehanna River Water Trail - North Branch Section

photo: Kayaking on the river near McGees Mills. Photo by Sherri Clukey. Type: Water Trail
Length: 166.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Sunbury to Pennsylvania / New York border
States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Bradford, Susquehanna, Wyoming,
Latitude: 41.95764   Longitude: -76.51543

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Description

In Pennsylvania, the Susquehanna River Water Trail - North Branch starts with a 15-mile-long paddling journey from Oakland to Great Bend in Susquehanna County. It re-enters the Commonwealth in Bradford County at Sayre and continues 166 miles, ending at Shikellamy State Park in Northumberland / Sunbury at the confluence with the West Branch of the Susquehanna. You will paddle through a region of beautiful meandering river cuts in the Endless Mountains and then through the Wyoming Valley, passing many river towns on your way to the confluence. While following the North Branch Water Trail you can see Native American lookout points, the remnants of a past canal system, and an area that was the hub of the nation's anthracite coal and industrial boom in the 1800s. Eagles commonly soar high along the rock cuts. Peregrine falcons can be found nesting under a bridge in the Wyoming Valley. Whitetail deer, beaver, river otters, and great blue herons are seen along the river banks, and the water abounds with smallmouth bass and other game fish.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Puncheon
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 2009

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Information Contact:
Phillip Swank
Endless Mountains Heritage Region, Inc
1 Washington Street, Suite B
Towanda , PA 18848
(570) 265-1528
emhr@epix.net
www.endlessmountainsheritage.org

Information Contact:
Julie McMonagle
Pennsylvania Environmental Council
175 Main Street
Luzerne , PA 18709
(570) 718-6507
jpinkerton@lyhr.org
http://www.lyhr.org

Trail Management:
Gary Bloss
Executive Director
Susquehanna Greenway Partnership
201 Furnace Road
Lewisburg , PA 17837
(570) 522-7211
gbloss@susquehannagreenway.org
http://www.susquehannagreenway.org

 

Photos

Kayaking on the river near McGees Mills. Photo by Sherri Clukey.

Kayaking on the river near McGees Mills. Photo by Sherri Clukey.

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