Located three miles northwest of Havre de Grace off Route 155 in Harford County.
Susquehanna State Park4122 Wilkinson RoadHavre de Grace, MD 21078
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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.
Directions to the campground: From Rock Run Road, take a slight left onto Craig's Corner Road. The camground is on Craig's Corner Road.
9 a.m. to SunsetPicnic Area open 10 a.m. to Sunset.
Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours (e.g. fishing, boat launch, hunting where permitted). Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours.
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. The park is home to some of the most popular mountain biking trails in Maryland and the river itself beckons fishermen and boaters alike. Susquehanna State Park also contains a family friendly campground with traditional campsites and cabins. History buffs will be drawn to the restored Rock Run Historic Area with its working gristmill, the Carter-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.
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. It is also handicapped accessible.
A new map of the trails at Susquehanna State Park can be downloaded for free from this website. Please make sure to read the printing instructions and information for how to download the file to cell phones. The map is in a PDF format that requires Adobe Reader. To get the free Adobe Reader go to Adobe.com. Trail maps are also located outside the Maintenance Complex office.
Horseback riding is open to the public and permitted on all trails in Susquehanna except for the historical walking (Purple) trail around the Carter-Archer 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. Please be courteous of other park users and remove all manure your horse has left in the parking area, and stow all equipment. The Maryland Park Service does not rent horses, and only provides the trails as a means of recreation.
Equestrian Tips and Etiquette
Parking and Directions for Horseback Riding - Parking for equestrian riding is located behind Susquehanna's Maintenance Complex at 4122 Wilkinson Road, Havre de Grace, MD 21078. At this location equestrians can directly access the Ivy Branch (orange) trail, then connect with the remaining trails.
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 Carter-Archer 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.
Hours of operation: The Rock Run Gristmill is open on weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day, and upon request. The Carter-Archer Mansion is also open on weekends and holidays, Memorial Day to Labor Day from 1 to 4 p.m., and upon request. For more information and updates on the park's historic sites, please contact staff at 410-557-7994.
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.Rules and Important Information:
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. The Susquehanna River, from the Conowingo Dam to the Chesapeake Bay, is tidal water. A 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. For information on fishing licenses and to find out about seasons, sizes and limits, please view the online Fishing Guide.
The Susquehanna State Park campground contains two loops with a total of 69 sites, six of which are electric, and six camper cabins. Each loop has its own comfort station with hot showers.Campground Rules and Reservations:
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 from March through October, and are perfect for your family reunion or company picnic. Pavilion use is by reservation only.Deer Creek Picnic Area Rules and Important Information:
Interpretive programs are offered throughout the summer, and upon request (pending staff availability). Interpretive activities include nature and history hikes, talks, crafts and demonstrations for children, adults and school groups. Fees may apply. Susquehanna State Park offers summer Junior Ranger programs. Junior Rangers must be 7-14 years old. A Park Pal program is also available for kids ages 4-6. For more information or to request a program, please call 410-557-7994 or e-mail email@example.com.
Susquehanna State Park offers bow hunting for deer in designated areas with a permit. Hunting is permitted Wednesday through Saturday. For more information and a permit, download the document below.
Waterfowl hunting is permitted from blind sites on the Susquehanna River. Permits and reservations are required.
Susquehanna State Park is also home to the privately-run Steppingstone Museum. Located on the former farm of J. Gilman Paul, the museum preserves and interprets the rural heritage of Harford County - particularly the period of 1880 to 1920. Exhibits feature a wood-wrights shop, blacksmith shop, and restored Paul farmhouse. Artifacts include domestic arts, skilled trades tools and farm implements - tools once used by skilled specialists whose talents are now scarce. Steppingstone Museum also hosts special events, including weddings and banquets, throughout the year. Please call the museum office at 410-939-2299 for more information, or visit their website at www.steppingstonemuseum.org.
Volunteer opportunities are plentiful at Susquehanna State Park. We welcome groups or individuals to help us with projects, adopt-a-trail, visitor services, research and restoration of historic sites, general maintenance/shop help, and the Volunteer Ranger/Volunteer mounted patrol program. We also hold Volunteer Round-Ups on the first Saturday of most months. Camp hosts are needed for the upcoming camping season. For volunteer information, contact the park at 410-557-7994 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susquehanna State Park is supported by a Maryland Conservation Corps Program. The Maryland Conservation Corps (MCC) is an AmeriCorps program that engages young adults, ages 17-25, who want to dedicate a year of service to natural resource conservation. For more information or to apply, contact the park manager or download an application from the Maryland Department of Natural Resource’s Maryland Conservation Corps website.
The Greenways Trail from Conowingo to Stafford Road is accessible. Also available are accessible campsites and boat ramps. For additional accessible amenities in Maryland State Forests and Parks, visit the Accessibility For All section of this website.
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