If you’ve ever paddled along the current, cast a line into the water, or strolled along its banks, then you know the beauty of the Susquehanna River North Branch. It’s no wonder that this scenic, historic waterway was voted Pennsylvania’s 2023 River of the Year.

The Susquehanna River North Branch Water Trail stretches about 181 miles from the New York border to Sunbury. It crosses eight counties in Pennsylvania, including Susquehanna and Wyoming counties. In the Endless Mountains, the river boasts incredible scenery, including rocky cliffs, sweeping valleys, and tranquil forests. If you keep your eyes peeled, it’s not uncommon to spot bald eagles.


Photo by Jon C. Burdick.


The North Branch is not only an iconic piece of our landscape, but it’s also part of our region’s rich history. Sacred Native American sites line the banks. Ruins of canals and ferry systems provide a glimpse of life in the nineteenth century, while remnants from the anthracite coal industry serve as reminders of the area’s crucial role in the Industrial Revolution.

Today, the Susquehanna River North Branch is a destination for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and wildlife watching. Take a paddling trip with Endless Mountain Outfitters in Sugar Run or Susquehanna Kayak & Canoe Rentals in Falls. Both businesses can provide the gear and guidance you need for a fun day on the river. Try your hand at fishing with Al’s Susquehanna Guide Service. Or enjoy the stunning views from community parks like Ira Reynolds Riverfront Park in Susquehanna, Riverside Park in Tunkhannock, or Vosburg Neck State Park in Tunkhannock.


Photo by Harriet Smith.


The water trail is co-managed by the Endless Mountains Heritage Region and the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership. These organizations offer helpful maps and resources. The Endless Mountains Heritage Region, which nominated the North Branch this year, also sells a waterproof map and guide.


2023 River of the Year Events

The Endless Mountains Heritage Region is hosting several activities to celebrate the North Branch. Visit www.emheritage.org for more information and registration details.

June 2 – 10, 2023: 25th Anniversary & PA River of the Year Sojourn
June 15 – 17, 2023: Youth Heritage Sojourn
July 15, 2023: Summer Heritage Paddle
September 29 – 30, 2023: Endless Mountains Outdoor Heritage Expo
October 7, 2023: Fall Heritage Paddle

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