Description - Set along the river valley, with its heavy forest cover and massive rock outcrops, Susquehanna State Park has many historic structures like the water-powered Rock Run Mill built around 1794. The Jersey Toll House, a passing point for early valley settlers and a mansion built in 1804 which overlooks the mill, has been restored for the public to enjoy. The Toll House was built to accommodate the toll keeper who collected tolls for the bridge that crossed the Susquehanna River at Rock Run. While the bridge was destroyed in 1856 by ice flows, the Toll House now serves as an information center for the park.
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Susquehanna State Park
- Susquehanna State Park is a 2,639-acre park set amid the beautiful Susquehanna River Valley. Folks visit the park for a variety of reasons including its wonderful historic sites. A 19th century farm is the site for the Steppingstone Museum, a privately operated museum with rural farm exhibits from 1880 to 1920. The facility is open May to September 1-5 PM. Call 410-939-2299 for information. A second historic feature includes Rock Run Mill, open on weekends from May through September. Also, a beautiful mansion built by John Carter in the early 1800s, overlooks Rock Run Mill. Another historic feature is the restored Jersey Toll House, which offers exhibits to the public on weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Fishing the Susquehanna River offers excellent fishing opportunities. Some of the more common fish include striped bass, as well as large and small mouth bass, perch, catfish, shad, herring, walleye, carp, and bluegills. The Susquehanna River is a saltwater fishing area and a Bay sport license is needed in this area.
The park's campground offers 74 campsites and is open from the first weekend in May till the last weekend in September. The campground has two loops with a bathhouse containing hot and cold running water and showers in the center of each loop. Pets are permitted in the campground. The campground also offers five electric sites as well as six mini-camper cabins.
Fifteen miles of hiking trails will take you through beautiful scenery and connect to various points of interest. The terrain varies from moderately difficult to easy. The trails are suitable for hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers.
A picnic area is located off Stafford Road, and offers a pond, large fields, picnic tables, grills, playground and pit toilets. Pets are prohibited from the picnic area.
A boat launching facility at Lapidum Boat Ramp, is open year round. Pets are welcome when kept on a leash.
Folks with disabilities will find access to the boat ramp, campsites, floating fishing docks, waterless restroom and the Greenways Trail from Conowingo to Stafford Road.
In addition to fishing the river, paddlesport enthusiasts will find plenty of flatwater and access to the Chesapeake Bay. Kids find the playground enticing while adults practice their hunting skills at the archery range or in the bow hunting area. Cross-country skiers enjoy the flat trails in winter.
Recreation - Recreations and amenities enjoyed at Susquehanna State Park include a boat launch, campfire programs, campsites, cross-country skiing, fishing, flatwater canoeing, hiking trails, historic interest, pet trail, picnicking, playground, riding trails, bow hunting area, and archery range.
Climate - Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.
Susquehanna State Park is located three miles northwest of Havre de Grade off State Route 155 in Harford County. The park is approximately 35 miles north of Baltimore.