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The Paddle of Breakneck

This short, relaxing paddle takes you from a beautiful public park to a historic river town that is also home to the North Branch Trail Manager.

This paddle will take you past many islands, which are unfortunately private, but there is plenty more to see around the banks and at your start and final destination.

After the PA-1041 / James St. Bridge (river mile 272.8), a face is painted on the cliff rocks. Legend has it that a young Indian squaw fell to her death from these cliffs, which caused the area to be named Breakneck.

As you approach your pull-out point, stay ro the left side f the river for the best wild-life viewing, but do not stop on any of the islands, as they are private property. 

To read more about this itinerary, visit Susquehanna Greenway.


  • Beware of fast riffles under the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge arches. 

Both the put-in and pull-out points have access to a boat ramp, parking, restroom, picnic areas, and camping.

Nearest Hospital:

Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital
91 Hospital Dr
Towanda, PA 18848
(570) 265-2191


Main image: John Williams / Flickr