Looking for a great trail in Susquehanna State Park, Maryland? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in Susquehanna State Park ranging from 2.1 to 8.4 miles and from 13 to 347 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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 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.

first part is smooth and easy, second part is steep. good combination

We started on the blue trail at the picnic area. Found what we think was a pile of bear poop. It was fresh. Please be careful. Trail is rocky with gradual incline.

hiking
muddy
rocky
13 days ago

Beautiful day in 40's.

hiking
muddy
20 days ago

Great trail, easy to navigate. And for a portion of the trail there is a decent view of the Susquehanna river and Port Deposit.

great trail. clear & well maintained. lots of up & down elevation changes. spot towards the end of trail I missed w/ the failing light seems you need to do a little section of off-trailing

hiking
1 month ago

Recommend also taking the short segment of trail down to Lapidum Rd which includes a brief opening of a view with a bench without going too far down the hill. The rest of that descent does include several moderately steep switchbacks as is typical on Mason Dixon trail (better than straight up/down though).

Very easy trail with mix of forest and fields (little bit of elevation). It doesn't show on the AllTrails map, but the Farm Road Trail (blue) part of this loop actually runs all along a stream (also the wider part of the path).

hiking
1 month ago

The old wooden signs label parts of these trails as "Very Difficult", but this must only be due to some of the up and down involved. All the trails are in great shape and so there aren't any of the usual problematic obstructions (rocks, roots, etc). The trails along the fields (Farm Road Trail - blue) provide a nice change of scenery in the winter from the usual gray/brown forest.

hiking
1 month ago

As others mentioned, there are several other little trails in parallel to this around the Rock Run historic area where it goes along the stream, but stick to the colors and isn't really a problem (good blazing...only a couple I noticed might have been faded). Has a nice bit of elevation to it as well. It is a little rocky along the northern part as it ascends up above the stream (mostly scattered loose rocks), but the rest was mostly devoid of them. Nice waterfall at the little dam in the stream.

hiking
1 month ago

No views along the Ridge trail except through the trees in the winter. The ascent is very gradual as it winds around so is never really steep and is also pretty clear of usual rocks/roots on trails like these. The segment along the river is very easy and flat, but does have a number of turns so not as boring as could be. Plenty of spots along that stretch to step down right next to the river. Once continuing on the train tracks, there is a sign early on warning the trail is unmaintained. In the winter it isn’t so much a problem except for couple of spots where is almost completely eroded away. However, given the large amount of encroaching plants, would think this part of the trail is probably not too great in the summer when everything is grown in and best to stick to the road to reach the bridge.

hiking
1 month ago

Great signage throughout all the trails (all the blazing/signs with matching colors). As others have mentioned, there are couple spots where the intersection or entrance of a trail does not quite align with the dashed paths on AllTrails map, but as long as you know the color you need to follow isn't a problem. There were only 1 or 2 spots I encountered, but seemed to follow the AllTrails path for the majority of it. Suggest comparing with or giving park trail map a glance beforehand if unsure: https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Documents/SSP_map.pdf The brief segment of trail at the southern corner down to Lapidum Rd is rather worth it if you enjoy lots of curves and steeper trail (even a bench with an actual view not too far down from the main trail). There is also a short segment of Mason Dixon Trail that switchbacks up/down from the Ridge trail down to Stafford Rd (AllTrails shows a more straight path which isn't actually there)...also worth it if you like more rugged/rocky experience.

A nice combo of forest, field, stream crossing and the river. All the trails in the state park are in good shape...only a few that have very minimal rocks, but not on this route (very clear). There is a moderate climb at the beginning on Ivy Branch trail, but nothing remotely steep.

Enjoyed the hike. I’ve mountain biked this trail many times but it’s amazing what you miss when trying not to crash into things. Really enjoyed the terrain and scenery for a quick hike.

mountain biking
off trail
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

Extremely difficult at the beginning, if you’re riding a bike. After the first 25 mins is all down hill.

decent ups and downs as well as clearings. the huge tree is awesome

We got lost. Ended up on blue trail. Couldn’t find red trail. Did find “Fisherman’s bridge” thanks to a photographer we passed along the way. Hard hiking over RR ties from Mill to bridge. Then noticed we could have parked at bridge and started our walk. Blue trail nicely marked and easy to walk. Start at Bridge and walk blue trail along the Susquehanna River. Beautiful walk. Beautiful views of the river.

Great day for hiking 9 miles from red Susquehanna Ridge trail to white, yellow, blue, orange, blue, green and back on red trail to the mill.

I hiked this trail on a Monday in late October, it was enjoyable. Very easy and quiet as I encountered no others. Saw one bald eagle.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

beautiful trail! great length, rocky, would rank it as medium difficulty

The park itself is beautiful with lots of history in the area. This hike is a nice long walk with a few easy climbs. Kind of lacks views of the river valley. Length is off by about 1.25 miles by way of my measurement.

backpacking
3 months ago

Lots of incline but interspersed with nice flat trails. Very beautiful area.

Trailhead begins behind the Rock Run gristmill and heads north along the river on a old railroad bed. Although signs indicate the trail is not maintained, it is easy to follow using the rail tracks. The trail eventually bears right and is pretty much a single track until it means the huge furnace/kiln. Trail goes left using the bridge to cross the Creek and then off the right side and begins an upward climb. The trail is the Deer Creek green blaze until reaching the Susquehanna Ridge trail again. Just stay on main trail. Sign reads the trail is extremely difficult but that's a stretch. The south trek is uphill for about a 300 ft gain so it's strenuous but certainly not a hard climb. Very nice hike if you start at the grist Mill and go south along the river using the rail trail. Hiked in the afternoon and not many on the trail, very peaceful. And a bonus - the mill was open and the water wheel was turning. Awesome day.

Started the trail at the Rock Run Grist Mill around 12:30pm. Water wheel was turning and the mill open for visitors. Headed north on the old rail bed, which was an easy hike; no markings but following along the river and using Alltrails app made it a pretty simple trail to follow. Eventually the rail-bed ends and the trail bears right, meandering through the woods but still along the river. Lots of water birds. Occasionally a blue blaze would be noticeable but again not really an issue as the trail is easy to follow. Signs posted that the trail is not maintained and it does turn into a single track at times but all in all a great trail. The wood path comes out on a gravel bed just before arriving at the furnace. Take the path over the footbridge to the left leading to the highway and left across the bridge. Just beyond the bridge take the Deer Creek trail on the fight side of the road. It leads up... and up.... Signs warn that trail is extremely difficult but that is an overstatement. The climb is strenuous but not extremely difficult. In the summer this may get difficult above 80 degrees. Not a lot of opportunities for over looks or other views but a great hike uphill! This trail has green blazes until intersecting with the Susquehanna Ridge trail (red blaze). Follow the red blaze back to the roadway and turn left on the road leading back past the mansion and to the grist mill. This is a great hike.

hiking
3 months ago

It’s difficult to determine how to stay on this trail if you’re intent on following the All Trails map. I would have been lost without GPS. The trail begins at the bottom of the mansion driveway as the purple trail. Just past the waterfall it becomes the white (land of promise) trail, and then at about the halfway point it turns into the yellow (rocky run) trail. Where the loop closes it becomes the purple trail again to the end. The trail highlight is the waterfall, otherwise nothing special. Falling leaves in some places made it difficult to see where the trail actually was. Definitely not an “easy” trail; I would consider it moderate. The elevation is quite steep and some kids would have difficulty.

Interesting mix of terrain and difficulty. It was a bit confusing since this route is a combination of several different trails. I got lost and had to keep a close eye on my GPS.

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