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Susquehannock State Park
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Susquehannock State Park
Description - Susquehannock State Park's primary attractions are the river overlooks which afford a panoramic view of the Susquehanna River. The park's main overlook offers a spectacular view of the river with many islands dotting the waters surface including Mt. Johnson Island which is viewed to the left of the overlook. Mt. Johnson Island was the first piece of land set aside in the world as a bald eagle sanctuary. The 380-foot high cliffs that overlook the river make these views possible.

The 224-acre park offers a variety of recreational opportunities year-round including a group tent site, a bridal trail and picnic grove.

Attractions - Susquehannock State Park's primary attractions are the river overlooks which afford a panoramic view of the Susquehanna River. The "Conowingo Reservoir" portion of the river is easily seen. The lake is formed by the Conowingo Dam in northern Maryland. The park's main overlook offers a spectacular view of the Susquehanna River with many islands dotting the waters surface including Mt. Johnson Island to the left of the overlook. Mt. Johnson Island was the first piece of land set aside in the world as a bald eagle sanctuary. Watch for eagles and other birds of prey as they soar past the overlooks on any given day.

These views are made possible by the 380-foot high cliffs that overlook the river. Visitors should stay well back from these drop-off areas and children should be closely supervised to prevent accidental injury or death.

Recreation - The 224-acre park offers a variety of recreational opportunities for year-round fun. Hawk Point is a lovely lookout over the Susquehanna River offering an excellent opportunity for viewing the American bald eagle and osprey. Wissler's Run also offers a nice of view of the river in addition to a tributary. One group tent site, accommodating up to 300 people is offered behind the park office. A bridal trail travels the circumference of the park while other shorter trails bisect the park at various locations. Picnicking and picnic shelters are offered year-round.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Susquehannock State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging above 28 degrees Fahrenheit (above -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range above 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius).

Location - Susquehannock State Park is located in southeastern Pennsylvania on a wooded plateau overlooking the Susquehanna River in southern Lancaster County. From SR 372 West of Buck, turn south on Susquehannock Drive to Park Drive.


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Susquehannock State Park, c/o Gifford Pinchot State Park, 2200 Rosstown Road , Lewisberry, PA, 17339-9787, Phone: 717-432-5011
, gpinchot@dcnr.state.pa.us

Additional Information:
Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests - Pennsylvania is known for producing some of the most valuable hardwood timber in the world. The 2.1 million acres of state forest land are protected from fire, destructive insects and diseases while offering a beautiful recreation environment for the visitor. Pennsylvania's State Park system offers visitors year-round recreational enjoyment as well. Amenities include: camping, picnicking, hiking, an assortment of winter sports and the viewing of the natural biological diversity and ecosystems found within the Commonwealth.

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