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This small creek is the very beginning of the mainstem of the Susquehanna River that will travel some 444 miles south, growing in width, depth and velocity, joining with hundreds of tributaries to eventually feed into the Chesapeake Bay.
It is early March and eaglets are hatching along the Susquehanna and Chesapeake Bay region.
As the current superintendent of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, Deanna Mitchell is dedicated to ensuring that the rich history of the Eastern Shore is not forgotten, and that the African American heritage of the region is not only recorded, but also cherished.
While the original people that once cared for and relied upon this beautiful landscape might no longer be here to tell us their story, their ancient messages can still be understood through the timeless pictures they etched in stone.
The Highspire to Goldsboro section of the middle Susquehanna combines both natural and manmade sights to provide a scenic afternoon tour for paddlers of any level.
It is easy to see how this Susquehanna region came to be a National Heritage Area. With its unique geology, Native American heritage, and history of lumbering, iron manufacturing, and railroads, it is the perfect candidate.
The August evening float was relaxing and delightful. The water was clear with a few riffles. We saw numerous birds, floated under four bridges, and enjoyed the beautiful lighting of early evening on a clean, clear waterway.
Whether you are looking for a short, easy to navigate trip, or want to spend the day afloat, both are possible in this one section of the Susquehanna. Plus, there are numerous islands to explore, and it’s within minutes of almost anywhere in Pennsylvania’s Capital Region!
The Swatara Creek, known locally as “the Swattie,” is often lost in the shadow of the much larger Susquehanna River. But if you are looking for a diverse and easy-to-access paddling adventure, you will find this little package offers big potential.
We saw numerous birds including four bald eagles (majestic!), several hawks (accipiter, I believe), numerous waterfowl including mallard, black, teal, and wood ducks, along with great blue heron, green heron, killdeer, plovers, a couple of bitterns and several kingfishers.
Where are some of the photographic places in the Chesapeake Watershed? Take a look at this first installment in the instagrammable places series to find out!
In this one place you can fish, hike, camp, birdwatch, explore, or learn about important local history. It’s easy to access and also easy to become immersed in its splendor, escaping the chaos of modern society.