Lower Susquehanna

With sweeping river views, waterfront towns steeped in maritime history, and extraordinary birding, paddling and fishing spots, this relaxing drive offers plenty of opportunities to stop and explore.

Explore Rock Run Mill, a former water-powered grist mill, in Susquehanna State Park.

Central Maryland
Eastern Shore
Tracing the banks of the Susquehanna, this 33-mile loop winds north from Havre de Grace through lush Piedmont forests, crosses the majestic Conowingo Dam, then heads south to Perryville.

Places along the way

Millard Tydings Memorial Park
352 Commerce St
Havre de Grace, MD 21078

Havre de Grace Maritime Museum
100 Lafayette St
Havre de Grace, MD 21078

Havre de Grace Decoy Museum
215 Giles St
Havre de Grace, MD 21078

Concord Point Lighthouse and Keeper's House Museum
Lafayette and Concord St
Havre de Grace, MD 21078

Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House
817 Conesteo St
Havre de Grace, MD 21078

Steppingstone Farm Museum
461 Quaker Bottom Rd
Havre de Grace, MD 21078

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

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail
1145 Stafford Rd
Darlington, MD 21034

Fisherman's Wharf & Park
2569 Shureslanding Rd
Darlington, MD 21034

Conowingo Visitor Center
4948 Conowingo Rd
Darlington, MD 21034

Hollywood Casino Perryville
1201 Chesapeake Overlook Pkwy
Perryville, MD 21903

Principio Furnace Historical Society
1748 Philadelphia Rd
Perryville, MD 21903

Rodgers Tavern
259 Broad St
Perryville, MD 21903

The mighty Susquehanna is the largest non-navigable river in the United States, more than 400 miles long and one mile wide in places. On its banks are prospects for all sorts of outdoor activities, as well as antiquing, touring historic sites, outlet shopping and even playing slot machines.  This byway is part of the Great Chesapeake Bay Loop where you can have a Chesapeake adventure.

Havre de Grace to Conowingo Dam

Including MD 155, MD 161 & US 1

Formerly a busy Colonial port, Havre de Grace is now famed for its antiques shops, fishing, boating and waterfront dining. The best place to relax and enjoy the Bay in this “Harbor of Grace” is Tydings Park, home to a playground, fishing pier, boat ramp and municipal marina. The park also serves as the site of art shows, a seafood festival and summer concerts. A half-mile-long waterfront promenade leads to the fully restored Concord Point Lighthouse.

Havre de Grace museums explore rich maritime traditions and display some of the world’s finest examples of hand-carved waterfowl decoys.

As you head out of town, the Steppingstone Museum’s stone farmhouse and adjacent display barn offer insights into a proud agricultural heritage. You’re also near the remains of the Principio Iron Works, targeted by the British during the War of 1812.

Amid the heavy forest cover and massive rock outcrops of Susquehanna State Park, camping, mountain biking and fishing are popular pursuits. In addition, the park features historical sites such as a working grist mill, 14-room stone mansion and former toll house.

Enjoy a sidetrack to Darlington on Rt. 1 to admire nature surrounding the powerful Conowingo Dam, which is nearly a century old. Hawks, great blue herons and bald eagles are often spied over Conowingo Reservoir, which has been praised for its bass fishing and birding.

Spend a little time hiking or biking the 2.2-mile Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Trail. Major trailheads are found at the dam and within Susquehanna State Park. At Lapidum Landing Boat Ramp, launch your kayak and paddle with the river currents downstream to Havre de Grace where you can land at Frank J. Hutchins Memorial Park or Tydings Memorial Park

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Walk along the Susquehanna waterfront promenade near the Concord Point Lighthouse for spectacular views of the river and Upper Chesapeake Bay. 

Image Credit: City of Havre de Grace

Port Deposit to Perryville

Including MD 222

On the east side of the river, Port Deposit features many residences that date to the early 1800s. Accessible from Main Street, a brick-and-stone, 75-step staircase leads visitors above the town and allows a spectacular view of four bridges that cross the Susquehanna River.  A riverwalk at Tome’s Landing also features terrific waterfront vistas and casual eateries with wonderful seafood fare.

In Perryville, a tavern building dates to the Revolutionary War and was visited by both George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette. Nearby you’ll find the remains of the Principio Iron Works, targeted by the British during the War of 1812.

Along with the historic charm of the town, Perryville also has 1,500 Vegas-style slot machines at the Hollywood Casino,  which is easily accessible from I-95.

The Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenways Trail parallels the river and travels through riparian forest, connecting the Conowingo Dam to Deer Creek at Stafford Road in Susquehanna State Park. 

Image Credit: Mrs. Gemstone

Maryland Lore

When the Conowingo Dam was completed in 1928, it was second only to Niagara Falls for hydroelectric power output in the United States.

Fisherman's Park near the Conowingo Dam is a great place to view Bald Eagles and Great Blue Herons nesting along the river.

Image Credit: Mr. T in DC

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