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 as well as points of historical significance. The park is home to some of the most popular mountain biking trails in Maryland and the river itself beacons fishermen and boaters alike. Susquehanna State Park also contains a very family friendly campground with traditional campsites and cabins. History buffs will be drawn to the restored Rock Run Historic Area with its working grist mill, 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.
Pets are allowed in Susquehanna State Park in the following areas:
- Pets are allowed on all trails outside of the day-use areas.
- Pets are allowed in the campground, except for in or around the cabins.
- Pets are allowed year-round in the historic area.
- Pets are allowed in day-use area after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend.
Susquehanna State Park is currently searching for a Volunteer Campground Host. For information and details, please see the attached flyer.
Ever thought about volunteering, but you're not sure where to start?
Join park staff at Susquehanna State Park for a Volunteer Round Up. The first Saturday of each month we will "round up" volunteers to complete various projects throughout the park. This is a great opportunity to:
- meet new people
- learn a new skill
- explore a career
- get some exercise
- feel good about giving back to the community
For more information about volunteering contact Ranger Ranger Ken Miller for more details and to RSVP: email@example.com
The facility offers a boat launch, campsites, fishing, flat water canoeing, hiking trails, historic interpretation, pet-friendly trails, picnicking, pavilions, playground, mountain bike and equestrian riding trails, bow hunting area and archery range.
- Fishing--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 in the Susquehanna. The river, from the Conowingo Dam to the mouth where it empties into the Chesapeake Bay, is tidal water. The 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.
- Camping-- 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.
Rules and Reservations:
- The campground is open April through October
- Pets are welcome, except in or around the cabins, and must be leashed at all times
- Reservations are highly recommended for weekend camping. Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-432-2267. Senior citizen discounts are applicable Sunday through Thursday. Click here for a map of the campground.
- Picnic area--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 for your family reunion or company picnic. Pavilion use is by reservation only.
Rules and Important Information:
- No alcohol. Alcohol is ONLY permitted at the shelters and ONLY if an alcohol permit has been purchased at the time the reservation was made.
- This area is open 9 a.m. to Sunset.
- Pets are not permitted in this area from Labor Day to Memorial Day.
- Maryland State Parks are trash free. You must take your entire trash home with you when you leave.
- The day use service charge for this area is:
Daily $2 per vehicle; out-of-state residents $4 per vehicle; open weekends only November to February.
- Click here for camping season beginning and ending dates, and camping and shelter service charges.
- Boating--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:
- The ramps are open year round
- $10 service charge for Maryland residents; $12 for out-of-state residents. Year long passes are available online and for sale within the park
- Pets are permitted in this area
- A bathroom facility is at this location
- No alcohol is permitted
- Historic sites-- The Rock Run Grist Mill at Susquehanna State Park will no longer be holding grinding
demonstrations. Park staff is performing maintenance on several pieces of
machinery vital to the operation of the over 200 year old Rock Run Grist Mill. Visitors will still be
able to tour the four floors of historic milling equipment on Saturdays and Sundays between 10
a.m. and 4 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we
thank you for your continued support as we work to keep this historic mill as one of the only
operational grist mills in the area. If you have any questions, please contact the park at
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: Open Memorial Day to Labor Day on weekends only. For more information and updates on the park's historic sites, please contact staff at 410-734-9035.
Mill: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Memorial Day-Labor Day. Hours are subject to change. For a schedule please visit our Jersey Toll House during operating hours or call us at (410)557-7994 or (410)734-9035.
Jersey Toll House: Jersey Toll House: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day.
*Mansion: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Memorial Day- Labor Day. Hours are subject to change. For a schedule please visit our Jersey Toll House during operating hours or call us at (410)557-7994 or (410)734-9035.
* denotes open select weekends
- Junior Ranger Program--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. See the 2013 program flyers below or call the park office for more details: 410-734-9035.
Junior Ranger 2013 Flyer - June program
Junior Ranger 2013 Brochure - June program
- Hunting--Designated areas of the park are open to bow hunting for deer only. The hunting areas are open from October throughout the end of January. Hunting is allowed by permit only. Contact the park office for permit and season information as well as maps and regulations.
Hunting at Susquehanna State Park is permitted Wednesday through Saturday only. Hunters may enter the hunting area one half hour before legal shooting time (legal shooting time is one half hour before sunrise). All hunters must enter and leave from the hunter parking areas and sign in and out on the hunter bulletin board. Hunters must be out of the hunting area one hour after legal shooting time. Legal shooting time ends one half hour after sunset.
- Susquehanna State Park is also home of the privately run Steppingstone Museum. Exhibits include antique farm implements, woodwrights shop, blacksmith shop, decoy carving shop and restored farm house. Steppingstone Museum also hosts special events throughout the year. Please call the museum office at (410) 939-2299 for more information, or visit their website at www.steppingstonemuseum.org.
- Maryland Park Service Standards for Historic Weapons Use--Historic weapons safety guidelines for interpretive demonstration purposes as authorized by the Maryland Park Service.
Equestrian Riding Trails
Susquehanna has a well diversified 15 mile multi-use trail system composed of forests, river bottoms and old farmsteads from long ago. Trails wind over ridges with beautiful views of the Susquehanna River valley in the fall, flow down through creek bottoms, across hay fields, around old pine plantations, and through forests. Horseback riding is open to the public and permitted on all of these trails in Susquehanna except for the historical walking (Purple) trail around the Archer-Carter 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. Trail maps are located outside the Maintenance Complex office. Please be courteous of other park users and remove all manure your horse has left in the parking area, and stow all equipment.
Equestrian Tips and Etiquette
- When encountering other riders on the trail, the smaller group should yield the right of way.
- All riders must make every effort to keep their horses under control, regardless of their gait.
- Riders should be aware of their surroundings. Even beginner riders should be well aware of their location and surroundings.
- Riders should practice safety plans and be aware of emergency procedures, carry first aid equipment and a cell phone.
- Always follow all signs along the trail.
- Be considerate of other trail users (mountain bikers, runners, hikers) and allow them to pass safely.
- Other trail users are often unfamiliar with horses. You may need to ask them to hold up while you pass.
- Bring water for your horse if needed as no water is provided at the park's maintenance complex.
Parking and Directions for Trail 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.
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.
- Susquehanna Ridge Trail - Blazed in red, the trail goes from the Picnic Area to Lapidum following the western ridge of the Susquehanna River. The Ridge Trail is approximately three miles in distance with moderate to difficult climbs. The trail provides magnificent views of the Susquehanna River Valley.
- Land of Promise - Blazed in white, the trail starts at the Ridge Trail a short distance from the Lapidum Trail Head. The Land of Promise is of moderate difficulty and is 1.6 miles in distance. The trail ends at the Rock Run Historic Area by the mansion driveway.
- Farm Road Trail - Blazed in dark blue, the trail starts in the Deer Creek Picnic Area following a farm road through fields and forests. The Farm Trail is moderate in difficulty and is two miles in distance. The trail crosses both Wilkinson and Rock Run Roads and ends at the Rock Run Y Trail.
- Rock Run Y Trail - Blazed in yellow, the trail begins at Quaker Bottom Road. The trail forks in the pine plantation. The right fork will intersect with the Land of Promise Trail. The left fork intersects with the Farm Road Trail and continues on and intersects the Land of Promise Trail. Moderate difficulty with a distance of .9 miles.
- Ivy Branch Trail - Blazed in orange, this trail begins at the intersection of Rock Run and Wilkinson Roads. The trail crosses the Farm Road Trail, Wilkinson Road and through farm fields. An easy to moderate trail with a distance of two miles.
- Deer Creek Trail - Blazed in green, the trail begins and ends at the Picnic Area. The Deer Creek Trail has magnificent views and giant trees. A moderate to difficult trail with a distance of 2.1 miles.
- Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenways Trail - Marked with Greenways emblems at half mile intervals, a 2.2 mile improved section runs between Conowingo Dam and Stafford Road at Deer Creek. This trail is accessible from the Deer Creek Picnic Area or Conowingo Dam parking area. A one mile unimproved section continues along the Susquehanna, bringing you to the trestle bridge at the mouth of Deer Creek. The Greenways trail continues on a 3 mile unimproved section by following the Susquehanna Ridge Trail from the trestle or picnic area to Lapidum.
- Spur Trails - Blazed in Silver with a number. The Spur Trails connect trails to expand your travels through Susquehanna State Park.
Maryland Conservation Corps
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. Over a ten to 11-month period, MCC members work as crews to complete 1,700 hours of service. Conservation service activities include: trail maintenance, environmental education, stream & wetland restoration, park facility improvements, invasive species removal and Bay grass planting. Extensive member training is provided, including: First Responder certification, Wildland Fire Fighting certification, Search and Rescue certification, Park Operations, Environmental Education and Interpretation, Chainsaw Safety, Leave No Trace and Canoe Trip Leading.
No minimum qualifications are required other than transportation to the designated job site and a desire to serve. Low-cost State Housing is available at certain crew sites. Benefits include a living allowance of $7.00/hour, health care benefits, child care assistance (if eligible) and a $4,725 education scholarship award for those members that complete 1,700 hours of service. MCC employs a Zero Tolerance Policy for any member who uses alcohol or illegal drugs while attending an MCC project, training or event.
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: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/mcc/yearround.asp
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.
Susquehanna State Park is located three miles northwest of Havre de Grace off Route 155 in Harford County. The park is approximately 35 miles north of Baltimore. 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.
Susquehanna State Park
4122 Wilkinson Road
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Phone: (410) 557-7994
Hours of Operation
9 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.
Contact the Park Service
- Toll Free: 1-800-830-3974
- Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
- Park Watch: 1-800-825-7275
- Email Us