​Located three miles northwest of Havre de Grace off Route 155 in Harford County. 

Susquehanna State Park
4122 Wilkinson Road
Havre de Grace, MD 21078


Driving Directions:

​Take I-95 north or south to Route 155, exit 89. Proceed west on Route 155 to Route 161. Turn right on Route 161 and then right on Rock Run Road. Follow Rock Run Road to the park.

Directions to the campground: From Rock Run Road, take a slight left onto Craig's Corner Road. The camground is on Craig's Corner Road.

Hours of Operation:

​9 a.m. to Sunset
Picnic Area open 10 a.m. to Sunset.

Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours (e.g. fishing, boat launch, hunting where permitted). Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours.

Pet Policy:

  • Pets are allowed in campground.
  • Pets are allowed in day-use area.

Hunting Policy:

  • Archery-only hunting for deer permitted in an 880 acre designated hunting area. Free WHS permit and daily sign-in required - Managed Hunt Permit / free WHS permit required
  • Waterfowl blind sites available (free WHS permit / reservation required) - Managed Hunt Permit required

Susquehanna State Park

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. The park is home to some of the most popular mountain biking trails in Maryland and the river itself beckons fishermen and boaters alike. Susquehanna State Park also contains a family friendly campground with traditional campsites and cabins. History buffs will be drawn to the restored Rock Run Historic Area with its working gristmill, the Carter-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.


The park's Lapidum Boating Facility offers direct access to the river and the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay just a short trip down stream.

Rules and Important Information:

  • The ramps are open year round
  • $10 service charge for Maryland residents; $12 for out-of-state residents. Year long passes are available online and for sale within the park. Patrons possessing a Maryland Park Service Golden Age Pass can launch for free
  • Pets are permitted in this area
  • A bathroom facility is at this location
  • No alcohol is permitted



Susquehanna State Park contains over 15 miles of marked and maintained trails; ideal for hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians and nature lovers. The terrain varies throughout the river valley. The different trails have ratings ranging from easy to difficult. The Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenways Trail runs between the Conowingo Dam and Stafford Road at Deer Creek and is an excellent flat trail for family hike and bike outings. It is also handicapped accessible.

  • Susquehanna Ridge Trail - Blazed in red, the trail goes from the Picnic Area to Lapidum following the western ridge of the Susquehanna River. The Ridge Trail is approximately three miles in distance with moderate to difficult climbs. The trail provides magnificent views of the Susquehanna River Valley.
  • Land of Promise - Blazed in white, the trail starts at the Ridge Trail a short distance from the Lapidum Trail Head. The Land of Promise is of moderate difficulty and is 1.6 miles in distance. The trail ends at the Rock Run Historic Area by the mansion driveway.
  • Farm Road Trail - Blazed in dark blue, the trail starts in the Deer Creek Picnic Area following a farm road through fields and forests. The Farm Trail is moderate in difficulty and is two miles in distance. The trail crosses both Wilkinson and Rock Run Roads and ends at the Rock Run Y Trail.
  • Rock Run Y Trail - Blazed in yellow, the trail begins at Quaker Bottom Road. The trail forks in the pine plantation. The right fork will intersect with the Land of Promise Trail. The left fork intersects with the Farm Road Trail and continues on and intersects the Land of Promise Trail. Moderate difficulty with a distance of .9 miles.
  • Ivy Branch Trail - Blazed in orange, this trail begins at the intersection of Rock Run and Wilkinson Roads. The trail crosses the Farm Road Trail, Wilkinson Road and through farm fields. An easy to moderate trail with a distance of two miles.
  • Deer Creek Trail - Blazed in green, the trail begins and ends at the Picnic Area. The Deer Creek Trail has magnificent views and giant trees. A moderate to difficult trail with a distance of 2.1 miles.
  • Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenways Trail - Marked with Greenways emblems at half mile intervals, a 2.2 mile improved section runs between Conowingo Dam and Stafford Road at Deer Creek. This trail is accessible from the Deer Creek Picnic Area or Conowingo Dam parking area. A one mile unimproved section continues along the Susquehanna, bringing you to the trestle bridge at the mouth of Deer Creek. The Greenways trail continues on a 3 mile unimproved section by following the Susquehanna Ridge Trail from the trestle or picnic area to Lapidum.
  • Spur Trails - The Spur Trails connect trails to expand your travels through Susquehanna State Park.

Trail Map

A new map of the trails at Susquehanna State Park can be downloaded for free from this website. Please make sure to read the printing instructions and information for how to download the file to cell phones. The map is in a PDF format that requires Adobe Reader. To get the free Adobe Reader go to Adobe.com. Trail maps are also located outside the Maintenance Complex office.

Equestrian Trails

Horseback riding is open to the public and permitted on all trails in Susquehanna except for the historical walking (Purple) trail around the Carter-Archer Mansion which is a pedestrian only trail.Susquehanna Equestrian horeback riding trail

A mounting station and manure compost bin are located at the parking area at Susquehanna's maintenance complex. Please be courteous of other park users and remove all manure your horse has left in the parking area, and stow all equipment. The Maryland Park Service does not rent horses, and only provides the trails as a means of recreation.

Equestrian Tips and Etiquette

  • When encountering other riders on the trail, the smaller group should yield the right of way.
  • All riders must make every effort to keep their horses under control, regardless of their gait.
  • Riders should be aware of their surroundings. Even beginner riders should be well aware of their location and surroundings.
  • Riders should practice safety plans and be aware of emergency procedures, carry first aid equipment and a cell phone.
  • Always follow all signs along the trail.
  • Be considerate of other trail users (mountain bikers, runners, hikers) and allow them to pass safely.
  • Other trail users are often unfamiliar with horses. You may need to ask them to hold up while you pass.
  • Bring water for your horse if needed as no water is provided at the park's maintenance complex.

Parking and Directions for Horseback Riding - Parking for equestrian riding is located behind Susquehanna's Maintenance Complex at 4122 Wilkinson Road, Havre de Grace, MD 21078. At this location equestrians can directly access the Ivy Branch (orange) trail, then connect with the remaining trails.

Rock Run Historic Area

The park is the home of the Rock Run Historic Area. History buffs will love touring the operational 200 year old Rock Run Grist Mill, as well as the Carter-Archer mansion. This area also contains the Jersey Toll House which at one time was the collection point for travelers crossing the covered bridge spanning the Susquehanna River. The remnants of the Susquehanna & Tidewater Canal can be seen here as it parallels the river from Havre de Grace to Wrightsville, Pennsylvania.

Rock Run Grist Mill at Susquehanna State Park

Hours of operation: The Rock Run Gristmill is open on weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Memorial Day to Labor Day, and upon request. The Carter-Archer Mansion is also open upon request by appointment only. For more information and updates on the park's historic sites, please contact staff at 410-557-7994.


Susquehanna State Park has direct access to the river where, depending on the season, anglers can improve their skills while catching striped bass as well as large and small mouth bass. The annual shad and herring runs in early spring are an awesome sight. Perch, catfish and carp are also in abundance. The Susquehanna River, from the Conowingo Dam to the Chesapeake Bay, is tidal water. A Chesapeake Bay Sports Fishing License (tidal license) is required in order to fish this portion of the Susquehanna River. Fishing in Deer Creek requires a non-tidal fishing license. For information on fishing licenses and to find out about seasons, sizes and limits, please view the online Fishing Guide.


The Susquehanna State Park campground contains two loops with a total of 69 sites, six of which are electric, and six camper cabins. Each loop has its own comfort station with hot showers.
Campground Rules and Reservations:


The Deer Creek picnic area offers shaded picnic tables, grills, two picnic shelters and a modern restroom. Large open fields close by are great for family games or blanket and basket picnics. A freshwater pond is on site and is ideal for the novice angler. The pavilions are available for rent from March through October, and are perfect for your family reunion or company picnic. Pavilion use is by reservation only.
Deer Creek Picnic Area Rules and Important Information:

  • No alcohol. Alcohol is ONLY permitted at the shelters and ONLY if an alcohol permit has been purchased at the time the reservation was made.
  • This area is open 10 a.m. to Sunset.
  • Pets are permitted in this area year round and must be leashed at all times. Horses are prohibited inside the picnic areas.
  • Maryland State Parks are trash free. You must take your trash home with you when you leave.
  • The day use service charge for this area is:
    Daily $2 per vehicle; out-of-state residents $4 per vehicle.
  • Click here for camping season beginning and ending dates, and camping and shelter service charges.

Programs and Activities

Interpretive programs are offered throughout the summer, and upon request (pending staff availability). Interpretive activities include nature and history hikes, talks, crafts and demonstrations for children, adults and school groups. Fees may apply. Susquehanna State Park offers summer Junior Ranger programs. Junior Rangers must be 7-14 years old. A Park Pal program is also available for kids ages 4-6. For more information or to request a program, please call 410-557-7994 or e-mail susquehanna.statepark@maryland.gov.


Susquehanna State Park offers bow hunting for deer in designated areas with a permit. Hunting is permitted Wednesday through Saturday. For more information and a permit, download the document below.

Waterfowl hunting is permitted from blind sites on the Susquehanna River. Permits and reservations are required. 

Steppingstone Farm Museum

Susquehanna State Park is also home to the privately-run Steppingstone Museum. Located on the former farm of J. Gilman Paul, the museum preserves and interprets the rural heritage of Harford County - particularly the period of 1880 to 1920. Exhibits feature a wood-wrights shop, blacksmith shop, and restored Paul farmhouse. Artifacts include domestic arts, skilled trades tools and farm implements - tools once used by skilled specialists whose talents are now scarce. Steppingstone Museum also hosts special events, including weddings and banquets, throughout the year. Please call the museum office at 410-939-2299 for more information, or visit their website at www.steppingstonemuseum.org.

Volunteer with Susquehanna State Park

Volunteer opportunities are plentiful at Susquehanna State Park. We welcome groups or individuals to help us with projects, adopt-a-trail, visitor services, research and restoration of historic sites, general maintenance/shop help, and the Volunteer Ranger/Volunteer mounted patrol program. We also hold Volunteer Round-Ups on the first Saturday of most months. Camp hosts are needed for the upcoming camping season. For volunteer information, contact the park at 410-557-7994 or susquehanna.statepark@maryland.gov.

Maryland Conservation Corps

Susquehanna State Park is supported by a Maryland Conservation Corps Program. The Maryland Conservation Corps (MCC) is an AmeriCorps program that engages young adults, ages 17-25, who want to dedicate a year of service to natural resource conservation. For more information or to apply, contact the park manager or download an application from the Maryland Department of Natural Resource’s Maryland Conservation Corps website.


The Greenways Trail from Conowingo to Stafford Road is accessible. Also available are accessible campsites and boat ramps. For additional accessible amenities in Maryland State Forests and Parks, visit the Accessibility For All section of this website.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Online Services

Contact the Park Service

  • To Report Violations of Park Rules: 1-800-825-7275 (Park Watch) or 1-410-260-8888 (Communications Center)
  • General Information: 1-800-830-3974 (Annapolis Office)
  • Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
  • Email Us
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