Swatara Creek Water Trail

58.14 Miles
Dauphin, Lebanon, Schuylkill

Trail Description

Canoeing the Swatara Creek Water Trail is like exploring a wilderness. One of the only ways to tell where you are is by the bridges that cross the stream. The Swatara is an urban/suburban wilderness less than 50 minutes from Pennsylvania's capital. The Swatara Creek Water Trail is a 60-mile segment of Swatara Creek from Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, through Lebanon County and the Swatara State Park, to the PA Fish & Boat Commission's Middletown Access, in Middletown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Public access points are established every seven (7) miles. You will see farms and bank barns, Union Canal locks, forested riparian buffers, the abandoned Lebanon to Tremont railroad and bridge, Harper's Tavern, limestone outcrops and the only lava deposits in the state. If you want to stay in the area overnight, try the Lickdale KOA Campground, Swatara Watershed Park campground or Hershey Highmeadow Campground. Fort Indiantown Gap, the national cemetery, historic Lindley Murray/Conrad Mill, and Bordner Cabin are a great hike from the water.

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