The scenic Susquehanna River draws adventurers looking to kayak, canoe, swim, and fish. Picnic or camp on one of numerous islands or reel in a smallmouth bass. The early mornings are peaceful as the fog lifts into the hillsides, and the river sunsets offer a perfect ending after a long day of exploration.
The paddle begins north of Harrisburg at the Amity Hall Access along the Juniata River, north of Duncannon, PA and ends at the Marysville Heritage Park Access by the Rockville Bridge in Marysville. You don’t have to be an expert for this float, but there are some challenging aspects that require a heightened focus and strict attention to the mapped route. At the riverbend just over a mile upstream from the takeout point, paddlers will encounter a short stretch of class 2 rapids through the Dauphin Narrows. After navigating the Narrows along the river left, paddlers should immediately cross to the river right. This crossing provides the best (and safest) view of the statue and the Narrows.
Access Point: Amity Hall, Juniata River
Takeout: Marysville Heritage Park, Susquehanna River
She appeared overnight in July, 1986. A miniature version of the Statue of Liberty popped up on an old railroad pier in the Dauphin Narrows around the same time our nation was celebrating the 100th anniversary of the real Lady Liberty’s arrival in New York. She was built by a local resident on a whim and in relative secrecy, and was replaced with a larger, sturdier version after a storm badly damaged the original. The current version of the beloved local landmark is about 25 feet tall and weighs about 4 tons.
We’ve marked this float at about 4 hours, but it can be done in a straight shot in as little as 3 hours depending on conditions or it can last 5 or more hours if paddlers choose to explore along the way. There are peaceful stretches that invite paddlers to roam in and out of coves along the riverbanks, and a variety of channels between the small islands that dot the river. Kayakers can come ashore on the islands and enjoy a picnic lunch – just be sure to respect all private property signs and use caution loading and disembarking.