Add a little splash to your getaway with a kayaking adventure in Hershey and Harrisburg. From the calm Susquehanna River to the smooth creeks in Hershey, we’ll give you some tips on where to find the best places to kayak in Harrisburg and Hershey. Bring your own equipment or connect with one of our outfitters who can supply you with kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards, and give you a lift to your launch site.
If you’re an experienced kayaker, check out the links below to some of our favorite routes and waterways. If you haven’t had the chance to get your feet wet, we recommend going over a few general Kayaking Tips & Safety Guidelines first.
With launch points withing five minutes of Downtown Hershey, PA, the Swatara Creek is a favorite outdoor adventure spot for families and couples alike. The waterway provides a gentle float between shaded banks. Pass a variety of historical sites, fishing holes, small islands, and limestone outcrops.
The scenic Susquehanna River draws adventurers looking to kayak, canoe, swim, and fish. A popular float passes by a mini version of the Statue of Liberty and through some moderate riffles that offer a challenging section along an otherwise docile float.
Easy paddling for beginners or families, the Conodoguinet Creek is a great option with shallow waters and a wide channel. We recommend a float that begins at Siebert Park and flows to the confluence with the Susquehanna River. It should take about 2.5 hours for the 2.6-mile float.
For a comprehensive guide of Pennsylvania’s rules, regulations, and waterway options, check out Explore PA Waters.
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