Black Friday Hike in Susquehanna State Park! Spotting Eagles Along the River Trails and Viewing the Dam! Easy Side of Moderate 7 Miles with Optional Post Hike Meal!
Yes, the pictures on this page were taken from members on a recent hike with the group!
" Follow the mighty Susquehanna River upstream to Conowingo Dam—then return via an obscure wooded foot trail. If any Baltimore outdoor enthusiast needs a reminder why he or she is lucky to live in this area, Susquehanna State Park provides it. Just consider the Susquehanna River’s impressive statistics: 444 miles long, a 13 million-acre drainage basin, the second-largest watershed in the eastern United States. The river begins as an overflow of Otsego Lake in New York and runs through three states before draining into Chesapeake Bay, just south of Havre de Grace, MD, pouring 19-million gallons of fresh water into the bay every minute". In addition to Eagles (hopefully) some other scenery includes: Susquehanna River, Deer Creek, Historic Sites, Mixed Hardwoods © Copyright Evan Balkan Published by Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
This hike will be led at a moderate pace of about 2.5mph which is the average hiking pace used as a baseline in most hiking books. (most common pace).
Nearby City: Darlington
Length: 7 total miles
Configuration: Out and back with a jagged loop
Scenery: Susquehanna River, Deer Creek, Historic Sites, Mixed Hardwoods
Trial Surface: Gravel, packed dirt, some asphalt
Skill Level: The hills are rolling for the most part and nothing very steep. The first portion is pretty flat followed by the second section with rolling hills and twisty trails.
Duration: About 3 hours
Vertical Up: 348 feet
Vertical Down: 318 feet
Facilities:There are restrooms and water at the Rock Run Historic Area, campground, Steppingstone Museum, Deer Creek Picnic Area, and Lapidurn Boat Launch.
Trail Notes for Leaders
We hike rain or shine. Click here to see an up to the trail forecast.
Click here for suggestions for what to wear and what not to wear for our hikes.
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, you can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click here for directions to Savage Station. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.
If you can drive or want to carpool from any locations such as the DC area, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click here for suggested carpool locationscomplete with directions. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for directions to trail head and where we meet. Take note that parking is VERY limited at the trailhead for this hike so I highly suggest carpooling!
Hike is at 10:00 a.m.
Carpool meetup time from Savage Station is 9:00 a.m.
Additional Nearby Activities
You might want to check out and explore the Steppingstone Museum. This museum has rural arts and crafts of the 1880-1920 period. Also, Havre de Grace (MD 155 East) which is very near her has find museums, lighthouses, and the town's famous promenade, which extends 2,400 feet along Chesapeake Bay from City Marina to the Concord Point Lighthouse.
Please note that our holiday hikes are not refundable due to too many people backing out of the at the last minute before the refund cut-off. Sorry, but this is the only way to help make sure that there is a good turnout and our leaders not offer to lead a hike on their holiday in vein...or they will be burned enough that they will no longer offer. Since we have made holiday hikes non-refundable it has boosted attendance rate significantly and often have perfect attendance, yay! Thanks so much for your understanding.
Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which means that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then please find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
Fido is Welcome on this Hike
Let's have good times and see you there!