West Branch Susquehanna

Grab Your Paddles

Flowing 228 miles total, the West Branch is one of two principal branches of the mighty Susquehanna River and a meandering and beautiful journey through the PA Wilds Lumber Heritage Region. A paddler's paradise, this scenic water trail flows through remote and mature hardwood forests, past historic river towns, and alongside rolling agricultural fields.

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River Walks

Williamsport, Lock Haven and Clearfield all feature beautiful riverfront parks and walking paths on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.

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Hyner Run and Hyner View State Parks

Explore the outdoors and take in the views! Hyner Run State Park carves a small valley from the surrounding steep mountains, creating a natural haven for outdoor adventures. The park is entirely surrounded by Pennsylvania’s largest state forest, Sproul State Forest. Nearby Hyner View State Park offers one of the most popular scenic vistas in the entire Pennsylvania Wilds, attracting many for the spectacular view alone.

Susquehanna River Water Trail

Paddle the West Branch

Flowing 228 miles from Cherry Tree to Sunbury, the West Branch is the central historic water trail in the area now known as the Lumber Heritage region. Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, Pennsylvania's virgin timber was harvested to supply lumber for shipbuilding, coal mine props and construction. Today, the West Branch is a prime water trail for paddling kayaks and canoes, flowing through a scenic northern hardwood forest of oak, cherry, maple and remnants of the great white pine and hemlock forests of early settlers' times.

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About West Branch Susquehanna

Flowing 228 miles total, the West Branch is one of two principal branches of the mighty Susquehanna River and a meandering and beautiful journey through the PA Wilds Lumber Heritage Region. Exploring the river by canoe or kayak will give you a glimpse at the remnants of the Pennsylvania Wilds’ logging history. The river flows west to east, and is a state designated water trail and the western branch of the larger Susquehanna Greenway.

 

Flow along the foot of Bald Eagle Mountain ridge past Williamsport on the southern edge of Pine Creek Valley, pass through town of Lock Haven and the Dark Skies Landscape, through the wild and scenic Elk Country, and the town of Clearfield, situated convenient near I-80 and Rt. 322 in the heart of the I-80 Frontier.

Susquehanna River Water Trail – West Branch

Explore an online map and west brand day trip ideas from Water Trail Manager Susquehanna Greenway Partnership. The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership’s mission is to envision, create and sustain a greenway along the Susquehanna River to enhance river towns and the enjoyment of the river for generations to come.

The Lumber Heritage Region also has published for sale A Paddler’s Map and Guide to the Scenic West Branch Susquehanna River – with safety and route information, 16 waterproof maps, historic information and recreational opportunities.

Stunning Views

Enjoy stunning scenic views of the West Branch Susquehanna. Pictured is a Lock Haven Sunset by Maria Boileau, with the Clinton County courthouse in the background.

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Alabaster Coffee Roaster & Tea Co.

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400 Pine St
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Barton Street School

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Broken Axe Brew House Inc.

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DiMichele, Sharon

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Trout Run PA 17771

Farrandsville Furnace

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Gateway Cafe

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Heisey House Museum & The Poorman Gallery

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362 East Water Street
Lock Haven Pennsylvania 17745

Hyner Run State Park

The stream Hyner Run carves a small valley from the surrounding steep mountains, creating a cozy, quiet place for an outdoor adventure. The park is entirely surrounded by Sproul State Forest, Pennsylv...

86 Hyner Park Road
North Bend PA 17760-9525

Hyner View State Park

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Hyner PA 17738-0046

Jabebo LLC

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224 W. High Street
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Kemmerer, Margaret

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Odd Fellas

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101 East Main Street
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Pajama Factory

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Ravensburg State Park

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17215 Buffalo Road
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Susquehanna State Park

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2205 Hiawatha Blvd.
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The Station Gallery

The Station Gallery, home of the Clinton County Arts Council, features fine art exhibits alongside local artisans' paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, pottery, prints and more. They also offer...

2 E. Bald Eagle St.
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