This stretch of the river is characterized by rolling meadows, forests, and crop land, set amidst seemingly endless mountains. Much of the area is with in the Endless Mountains Heritage Region and it offers abundant outdoor recreation. Classic Americana still flourishes in small river towns like Susquehanna, Hallstead, Sayre, Athens, Towanda, Wyalusing, Laceyville and Tunkhannock.
The North Branch of the Susquehanna River flows from New York through Pennsylvania to Sunbury where it joins the West Branch and forms the river's main stem - the largest tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. The North Branch Susquehanna River Water Trail was designated a National Recreation Trail of the National Park Service in 2009. The water trail is part of the Pennsylvania Water Trail System coordinated by Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission.
Remember: safe use of rivers and any designated trails, at any time, is your responsibility! Trail maps are for informational and interpretive purposes only and are not meant for navigational purposes, nor do they take into account level of skills or ability required to navigate such trails. The Chesapeake Conservancy, National Park Service, and/or the individual trail associations assume no responsibility or liability for any injury or loss resulting directly or indirectly from the use of trails, maps or other printed or web-based materials.
Public access points managed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission are open during daylight hours.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Access points requires boats to be permitted.
A wide range of activities are available on the water trail, including boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing. There are a number of historic sites, recreational parks, small communities and other amenities located along the route. There is an abundance of wildlife that can be experienced on a quiet paddle along the North Branch.
The map and guide lists the facilities along the water trail. The Map & Guide Can Be Purchased for $15.00 from our Approved Vendors