Susquehanna State Park

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Susquehanna State Park

Maryland

(410) 734-9035

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Overview

Located along the Susquehanna River valley with its heavy forest cover and rocky terrain, Susquehanna State Park offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities as well as points of historical significance. The park is home to some of the most popular mountain biking trails in Maryland and the river itself beacons fishermen and boaters alike. Susquehanna State Park also contains a very family friendly campground with traditional campsites and cabins. History buffs will be drawn to the restored Rock Run Historic Area with its working grist mill, the Archer Mansion, Jersey Toll House and the remains of the Susquehanna Tidewater Canal.

The river offers excellent fishing opportunities, including pike, perch, and bass for shoreline anglers or boating anglers who launch from the Lapidum Boat Ramp.

The facility offers a boat launch, campsites, fishing, flat water canoeing, hiking trails, historic interpretation, pet-friendly trails, picnicking, pavilions, playground, mountain bike and equestrian riding trails, bow hunting area and archery range.

Pets are allowed in Susquehanna State Park in the following areas: •Pets are allowed on all trails outside of the day-use areas. •Pets are allowed in the campground, except for in or around the cabins. •Pets are allowed year-round in the historic area. •Pets are allowed in day-use area after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend.

Map of Susquehanna (MD)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.610113, -76.178145

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Activities

  • Boating

    The park's Lapidum Boating Facility offers direct access to the river and the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay just a short trip down stream. There are fees associated with the park; please call the main number for more information.

  • Bicycling

    Susquehanna State Park contains over 15 miles of marked and maintained trails; ideal for hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians and nature lovers. The terrain varies throughout the river valley. The different trails have ratings ranging from easy to difficult. The Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenways Trail runs between the Conowingo Dam and Stafford Road at Deer Creek and is an excellent flat trail for family hike and bike outings.

  • Camping

    The Susquehanna State Park campground contains two loops with a total of 69 sites, and six camper cabins. Each loop has its own comfort station with hot showers. The campground is open May through September. Pets are welcome but must be leashed at all times. Reservations are highly recommended for weekend camping. Senior citizen discounts are applicable Sunday through Thursday.

  • Fishing

    Susquehanna State Park has direct access to the river where, depending on the season, anglers can improve their skills while catching striped bass as well as large and small mouth bass. The annual shad and herring runs in early spring are an awesome sight. Perch, catfish and carp are also in abundance in the Susquehanna. The river, from the Conowingo Dam to the mouth where it empties into the Chesapeake Bay, is tidal water. The Chesapeake Bay Sports Fishing License (tidal license) is required in order to fish this portion of the Susquehanna River. Fishing in Deer Creek requires a non-tidal fishing license.

  • Hiking

    Susquehanna State Park contains over 15 miles of marked and maintained trails; ideal for hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians and nature lovers. The terrain varies throughout the river valley. The different trails have ratings ranging from easy to difficult. The Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenways Trail runs between the Conowingo Dam and Stafford Road at Deer Creek and is an excellent flat trail for family hike and bike outings. Some trails are wheelchair accessible.

  • Historic Sites

    The park is the home of the Rock Run Historic Area. History buffs will love touring the operational 200 year old Rock Run Grist Mill, as well as the Rock Run mansion. This area also contains the Jersey Toll House which at one time was the collection point for travelers crossing the covered bridge spanning the Susquehanna River. The remnants of the Susquehanna Tidewater Canal can be seen here as it parallels the river from Havre de Grace to Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. The mill, mansion and toll house are open for tours on summer weekends starting in May.

    Susquehanna State Park is also home of the privately run Steppingstone Museum. Exhibits include antique farm implements, woodwrights shop, blacksmith shop, decoy carving shop and restored farm house. Steppingstone Museum also hosts special events throughout the year. Please call the museum office at (410) 939-2299 for more information.

  • Horseback Riding

    Susquehanna has a well diversified 15 mile multi-use trail system composed of forests, river bottoms and old farmsteads from long ago. Trails wind over ridges with beautiful views of the Susquehanna River valley in the fall, flow down through creek bottoms, across hay fields, around old pine plantations, and through forests. Horseback riding is open to the public and permitted on all of these trails in Susquehanna except for the historical walking (Purple) trail around the Archer-Carter Mansion which is a pedestrian only trail.

    A mounting station and manure compost bin are located at the parking area at Susquehanna's maintenance complex. Trail maps are located outside the Maintenance Complex office. Please be courteous of other park users and remove all manure your horse has left in the parking area, and stow all equipment.

  • Hunting

    Designated areas of the park are open to bow hunting for deer only. The hunting areas are open from October throughout the end of January. Hunting is allowed by permit only. Contact the park office for permit and season information as well as maps and regulations.

    There is also an archery range.

  • Picnicking

    The Deer Creek picnic area offers shaded picnic tables, grills, two picnic shelters and a modern restroom. Large open fields close by are great for family games or blanket and basket picnics. A freshwater pond is on site and is ideal for the novice angler. The pavilions are available for rent for your family reunion or company picnic. Pavilion use is by reservation only.

  • RVing

    The Susquehanna State Park campground contains two loops with a total of 69 sites, six of which are electric. Each loop has its own comfort station with hot showers. The campground is open May through September. Pets are welcome but must be leashed at all times. Reservations are highly recommended for weekend camping. Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-432-2267. Senior citizen discounts are applicable Sunday through Thursday.

  • Winter Sports

    Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing is offered in the winter.

Directions

Driving

Susquehanna State Park is located three miles northwest of Havre de Grace off Route 155 in Harford County. The park is approximately 35 miles north of Baltimore. Take I-95 north or south to Route 155, exit 89. Proceed west on Route 155 to Route 161. Turn right on Route 161 and then right on Rock Run Road. Follow Rock Run Road to the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(410) 734-9035

Campground reservations

(888) 432-2267

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