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