Susquehanna State Park (Maryland)

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Susquehanna State Park
Maryland State Park
Susquehanna State Park Maryland Waterfall 3264px.jpg
Dam at Rock Run Mill
Country United States
State Maryland
Counties Cecil, Harford
Elevation 213 ft (65 m) [1]
Coordinates 39°39′30″N 76°08′54″W / 39.65833°N 76.14833°W / 39.65833; -76.14833Coordinates: 39°39′30″N 76°08′54″W / 39.65833°N 76.14833°W / 39.65833; -76.14833 [1]
Area 2,753 acres (1,114 ha) [2]
Established 1958 (Land donated) [3]
Management Maryland Department of Natural Resources
IUCN category V - Protected Landscape/Seascape
Location in Maryland
Website: Susquehanna State Park

Susquehanna State Park is a publicly owned recreation area located on the banks of the lower Susquehanna River north of the city of Havre de Grace, Maryland.[4] The state park's main area is on the west bank of the river; the park also manages land on the river islands and east bank. The park offers fishing, boating, camping, and 15 miles (24 km) of trails for hiking and equestrian use. It is managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.[4]

Features[edit]

The park's Rock Run Historical Area consists of the Rock Run Grist Mill, the 1804 Carter-Archer Mansion which was once the home of mill owner John Archer, remnants of the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal, and the restored Jersey Toll House where fees were collected for the historic Port Deposit Bridge.[3][5] The privately run Steppingstone Museum, which preserves and demonstrates Harford County's rural arts and crafts of the 1880-1920 period, is located on the park grounds.[6]

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park offers boating and fishing on the Susquehanna, two camper loops totaling 69 campsites, and a picnic area. The park's 15 miles (24 km) of trails are used for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Trails include the Susquehanna Ridge Trail (3 miles (4.8 km)), which offers views of the river valley, the Land of Promise (1.6 miles (2.6 km)), the Farm Road Trail (2 miles (3.2 km)), and three more named trails in addition to various marked spur trails.[4] The Lower Susquehanna Greenways Trail, which is co-located with the Mason-Dixon Trail, starts at the park and runs north along the river to the Conowingo Dam.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Susquehanna State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Fiscal Year 2015 DNR Owned Lands Acreage" (PDF). Maryland Department of Natural Resources. August 18, 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Susquehanna State Park History". Maryland DNR. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "Susquehanna State Park". Maryland DNR. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Susquehanna State Park". Chesapeake Conservancy. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Steppingstone Farm Museum". Retrieved February 3, 2016. 

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