Enjoyed seeing remnants of the union canal locks built in the 1820's , and the Waterville bridge spanning the Instead, in 2012 the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources decided to scrap the lake plan and instead started building trails and other features in the park. For a 3-hour afternoon trip, take out at Fulling Mill Road; it's easiest to spot the take out by watching for the old pier in the middle of the creek. Swatara State Park. Due to the park's immense trail network, it is one of the most popular destinations for hikers, bikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. Swatara State Park is a relatively new park in Pennsylvania's system. One of the main focal points is the eight miles of Swatara Creek that winds through the park. Also if you get tired of the singletrack (I don't know why you would though) there is always the Appalachian trail close by to go exploring. To extend the trip even further you can start at the park in… Swatara Park was a small park just north of the borough of Middletown, Pennsylvania. The one thing it is lacking in is features. Swatara Creek Park to Schiavoni Park 5 miles | 2 hours. When driving along Vine Street, you can see where the park once would have been. The 3,515-acre Swatara State Park consists of rolling fields and woodlands situated along Interstate 81 between Second and Blue mountains. There are also several access points to Swatara Creek for those interested in canoeing, kayaking, or fishing. It was right along the Swatara Creek where there is currently a bridge crossing for Vine Street / Middletown Road. Swatara Creek Run (SCR) will take place at the Swatara State Park about 40 minutes north east of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. However, that plan never came to fruition. From the access point off Union Deposit Road to Schiavoni Park in Hummelstown, the creeks winds through wooded hillsides for … Start/Finish will be at the Swopes Valley Trailhead on the east side of the park. We usually start at Hummel Park in Hummelstown, right across the creek from Hoss's. Swatara State Park is a 3,515-acre (1,422 ha) Pennsylvania state park in Bethel, Swatara and Union Townships, Lebanon and Pine Grove Township, Schuylkill Counties in Pennsylvania in the United States. If you happen to camp at Hersheypark Camping Resort, this float will pass by your accommodations. It has plenty of log hops and a few creek beds to ride through. 8 miles (13 km) of Swatara Creek lie within the park's boundaries, which are roughly formed by Pennsylvania Route 443 to the north and Interstate 81 to the south. All and all it is a great ride. Swatara State Park was originally slated to become a large lake by creating a dam on the Swatara Creek in 1987. Scenic Swatara Creek meanders the length of the park and is surrounded by forests and wetlands that support a diversity of wildlife. Scenic Swatara Creek meanders the length of the park and is surrounded by forests and wetlands that support a diversity of wildlife. Swatara State Park was acquired with capital development funds appropriated by the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Swatara Watershed Park is a 33.69-acre parcel along the Swatara Creek at 1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville (East Hanover Township, Lebanon County PA). Scroll down to learn more information about the Swatara Creek Run. The 3,520-acre Swatara State Park consists of rolling fields and woodlands situated in the Swatara Valley, between Second and Blue Mountains. Don Farr created Swatara Park in 1938, as a place for people to swim. 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