Tourism

View 101 Things to do in Susquehanna County or browse an overview of year round recreation oppertunites in Susquehanna county.

For more information on events, visit the CIN Community Calendar, the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau and the Elk Mountain Area web site. Click here for The Susquehanna County Tourism Committee

Cultural Events

Endless Mountains Theater Company: Visit the EMTC website for information on dinner theater held at various locations throughout the county.

Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center: Meditation, Labyrinth Walks. More information, email wellness@epix.net

Lodging

Bring your family back to the country this weekend.

Courtesy Peter Austin Country Photography

A complete listing can be found on the
Susquehanna County Tourism Committee Website

Choose an elegant bed and breakfast, a country inn, the convenience of a motel, or a cozy cottage by a lake. Always call ahead to ensure availability.

Golf

  • Rock Creek Golf Club: 9 holes and full practice facilities and is located seven tenths mile west off I-81, exit 63. Contact RR 1 Box 1372, Nicholson, PA 18446.
  • Panorama: 18 holes, located off Rt 247 three miles west of Forest City, PA. Contact: RR1, Forest City, PA 18421, phone: 570-222-3525; FAX: 570-222-5432.
  • Tall Pines Players Club: 18 holes, located on Kinney Road, Friendsville, PA. Contact: RD 1, Box 1046, Friendsville, PA 18818; phone: 570-553-4653; FAX: 570-553-2699.
  • Mountain Maples Public Golf Course: 9 holes, Springville, PA. www.mountainmaplesgolf.com Contact: 570-965-2040.
  • Deer Run Championship Golf, Great Bend, PA. Contact 570-879-2737.
  • Mountainside Miniature Course, Choconut, PA. Contact: 570-553-2761.

Hunting & Fishing

Susquehanna County boasts a number of fine game lands. Information on hunting laws, county license issuing agents and harvest information is available from www.pgc.state.pa.us.

State Gamelands:
#35 – Great Bend & Oakland Townships
# 70 – Harmony Township
#175- New Milford Township
#140 – Apolacon & Middletown Townships
#236 – Ararat & Herrick Township

Fishing and boating access is available to the North Branch of the Susquehanna River as well as smaller streams and lakes. Information on fishing and boating regulations and trout stocking is available from the PA Fish and Boat Commission web site www.fish.state.pa.us.

PA Fish and Boat River Access Points in Susquehanna County:
#797- North Branch, Susquehanna River Oakland Access, Oakland Twp.
#798 – North Branch, Susquehanna River Great Bend Access, Great Bend Twp.

 

Recreational Areas

Salt Springs State Park: The Friends of Salt Springs State Park, Inc., host varied events and offer its educational and environmental programs to the community and public. Trails through the park offer a vista of spectacular topography of the surrounding region. Licensed hunting and fishing are permitted in season. A day-use picnic area is available. The park is also ideal for winter activities, including cross-country skiing, sledding and tobogganing. The park is located 6 miles north of Montrose, on Silver Creek Road (one mile west of Rt. 29) in the village of Franklin Forks. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk. For more information and a list of programs, contact: Friends of Salt Springs State Park, PO Box 541, Montrose, PA 18801; phone 570-967-7275; or check the web site at www.friendsofsaltsprings.park.org.

D&H Rail Trail is a 32 mile corridor for multi-purpose recreational use along the eastern border of the County. Abandoned rail lines have been converted into recreational trails for walking, running, horseback riding, cross-country skiing or snowmobiling. The trailhead office is located on Rt. 334, Main Street, Forest City and is open Monday through Thursday from 9-3 or by appointment. Phone: 570-785-7245 for a list of events. June 1 is “Trails Day” with all day outdoor activities for the entire family. www.nepa-rails-trails.org

Florence Shelly Preserve part of the Nature Conservancy, is a 357-acre Preserve and home to many thriving species of plant, animal and bird life. Self-guided trails are available or guided walks with stewardship committee members are provided through undeveloped trails. Contact the Florence Shelly Preserve, PO Box 157, Thompson, PA 18465, or phone 570-756-2429 or 570-727-3362.

State Game Lands There are 5 State Game Land areas located in Susquehanna County for various seasonal recreational activities. For more information, contact the State Game Commission, PO Box 220, Dallas, PA 18612, or call 570-675-1143 or 570-675-1144 or email: info@pgc.state.pa.us

Elk Mountain Ski Resort offers some of PA’s best skiing. The resort is located on Rt. 374 in Union Dale and offers many ski programs and trails for the first-time through expert skier. For more information, contact Elk Mountain Ski Resort, Inc., RR 3, Box 3328, Union Dale, PA 18470-9528, phone: 570-679-4400, or www.elkskier.com. Spring Carnival in March.

Callender’s Sugar House & Cross Country Ski Area Located in Thompson, PA. Friendly, family-oriented cross country skiing on marked, groomed trails. Rental s and group rates. For more information, call 570-727-2982.

Woodbourne Forest and Wildlife Sanctuary The Sanctuary is located on Rt. 29, approximately 6 miles south of Montrose. A number of programs for naturalists of all ages are conducted throughout the season. For more information, contact the Sanctuary at RR 6, Box 6294, Montrose, PA 18801, or call 570-278-3384.

 

Explore Outdoors

The Susquehanna River first enters Pennsylvania in Susquehanna County.
Take Exit 230 off I-81 to follow the river along Route 171 or Route 1033.

Follow Route 92 North from Susquehanna Depot to reach the PA Fish & Boat Commission Boat Launch

Canoeing and Kayaking:
Float in the path of history down the North Branch of the Susquehanna River in the Northeastern section of the county. Here, in 1778, General James Clinton led a force of 1800 men from the headwaters of the Susquehanna River at Otsego Lake, NY, along the North Branch to join with Major General John Sullivan on Sullivan’s March – a military campaign against the Iroquois nation.

Experts can challenge the white waters of the Upper Lackawanna River in Forest City.
Access the Upper Lackawanna from the newest Forest City Trail head, off Commerce Blvd. in Forest City Vision 2000 Industrial Park.

Mountain Biking:
Challenge yourself on the historic D &H Rails-Trail System that winds for 37 miles through eastern Susquehanna County. www.nepa-rails-trails.org

Cross Country Skiing:
Try CROSS COUNTRY SKIING on the D&H RAIL TRAIL

Racing:
Penn Can Speedway features stock car and modifieds on a dirt track, Route 171, Susquehanna, PA. Friday nights 7:15 p.m. For more information, call 570-853-3434.

Skiing:
Whether beginner or expert, with 27 slopes and trails, Elk Mountain Ski Resort offers some of the best skiing and snow boarding in Pennsylvania. Go to www.elkskier.com for more information.

Snowmobiling:
The Susquehanna County Snowmobiler’s Association is currently developing a trail system through landowner agreements and is working on a map.
Contact them at (570) 278-1375 for more information.
Also, check out the PA Snowmobiler’s Association web page at www.pasnow.org
The Northeast PA Snow Trails organization operates a 150 mile trail network. Passes are available from D&H Rail Trail Council. www.nepa-rails-trails.org

 

Festivals & Fairs

For more information on these and other Susquehanna County Events, visit the Community Calendar.

March:
Celebrate the sweet taste of Maple Sugar at local festivals Welcome Spring at Salt Springs Park

May:
Farmer’s Market on the Montrose Green opens Fridays 10-3. For more information, visit www.agmap.psu.edu

June:
PA State Champion Stock Dog Trials. Sheepy Hollow Farm, Hop Bottom, PA. Includes Pro/Novice, Ranch and and USBCHA Nursery Trials. Open trials are sanctioned by the USBCHA and NEBCA. Visit the Northeast Border Collie Association Web Site for more information. At the home page, choose trials.

July 4th:
Join in an old-fashioned celebrations on the Green in Montrose with, an annual event 130 arts & crafts vendors, a chicken barbecue, a large patriotic parade, 5K and 10K races and more. For more information, contact 570-278-2987.

August:
Blueberry Festival – First Friday and Saturday. Book sale, crafts, food and kids games. Benefits Susquehanna County Library.

Forest City Old Home Week A week long event consisting of musical groups, parades, sidewalk sales, a golf tournament and various other activities. Contact: 570-785-3800.

The Harford Fair Susquehanna County’s “county fair”, held at the Harford Fairgrounds, Rt. 848, Harford, PA. To reach the fairgrounds, take I-81, exit 65 and follow the signs. For more information, contact Denise Hubbard, PO Box 7, Kingsley, PA 18826; or phone 570-434-4315; or check their web site at: www.harfordfair.com.

September:
The Center for Anti-Slavery Studies Labor Day Festival On the Green in Montrose.

The Friends of Salt Springs State Park Labor Day Weekend Festival: Franklin Forks. For more information: http://www.friendsofsaltspringspark.org

Apple Festival: Village Green in Montrose to benefit the Susquehanna County Literacy Program. Food, games, music, crafts and fun for all ages. 26-mile Bike race and kids “fun race”.
For more information, http://www.susqctyliteracy.org/apple.php

Endless Mountains Fiber Festival: Visit www.pafiberfestival.com for more information

October:
Innkeeper’s Tour: Contact Lynne-Lee House at (570) 465-3505 for more information.

Steamtown Marathon: Watch the start of this race in Forest City, PA. Website: steamtownmarathon.com

Old Mill Village: – Ghost Tours and Pumpkin People. Visit their website: www.oldmillvillage.org

Special Events for Columbus Day Weekend:

Artists Studio Tour Check the web site at www.artiststour.com for more information.

Fall Festival Antique Tour and Open House – Over Columbus Weekend. By the Antique Dealers Association of Susquehanna County. WWW.ANTIQUESSUSQCO.COM

November-March:
Enjoy winter festivals at Elk Mountain Ski Resort. www.elkskier.com.

December:
Find that Old-Fashioned Christmas feeling at the top of the Endless Mountains. Travel down country roads that lead you to that special gift for those special people in your life. Enjoy friendly service, find antiques and collectables in our specialty shops then stop at one of our Christmas Tree Farms for fresh cut trees and greens to decorate your home for the holidays.

 

Monuments

The Starrucca Viaduct is a railroad bridge built of Pennsylvania bluestone in 1847-48 in the village of Lanesboro. Listed as a national civil engineering landmark, the bridge is 1,040 feet long, 100 feet at its highest point and is 25 feet wide at the top. The viaduct remains in use today. For further information about the viaduct call the Susquehanna County Historical Society in Montrose, PA at 570-278-1881 or email: suspulib@epix.net.

Pennsylvania Anthracite Coal Miners Memorial – William Penn Apts., South Main Street, Forest City. This bronze tableau was erected in 1996 in honor of Anthracite Coal Miners and their families.

Martin’s Creek Viaduct Route 11, between Hop Bottom and Kingsley. Could they do it? Engineers proposing to use concrete to build the massive Tunkhannock Creek viaduct, located further south on Rt. 11, used their experience in building the Martin’s Creek Viaduct just south of Kingsley to fine-tune concrete construction techniques.
Read about these viaducts in Bridges to the Future

Mormon Monument Off Rt. 171 between Great Bend and Susquehanna in Oakland Township, this monument overlooks the Susquehanna River where Joseph Smith and Olivery Cowdery received baptism. See a picture of the monument.

 

Museums

Old Mill Village Museum “Where Antiquity Lives”. Old Mill Village is a living, working museum, located one mile south of New Milford on Rt. 848. Old Mill Village is open to the public Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Gate is opened from Noon to 5:00 p.m. during weekend program events. Admission: $5.00, Children under 12 are FREE. For more information and a calendar of events, check the web site at: www.oldmillvillage.org

Center for Anti-Slavery Studies Our County has an especially rich history of anti-slavery activity. The County’s development for most of the 19th Century was closely bound up with the abolitionist movement, the Civil War and Reconstruction. From 1835 to 1860, it was one of the most important centers of resistance to slavery, serving as a key station in the underground railroad. The AME Zion Church in Montrose is currently being restored for a museum and visitors’ center. For more information, contact Sherman Wooden at 570-278-3199 or Paul Gere at 570-278-2187.

Soldier’s Orphan School Museum located on Orphan School Road in Harford, PA (I-81 exit 65, Rt. 547S). Library and historical displays from the Franklin Academy and Soldier’s Orphan School. July 10-August 28, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and by appointment. Contact: 570-434-2496.

The Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association is located at 2 Monument Square in Montrose, PA, and the library has branches in Forest City, Great Bend-Hallstead, and Susquehanna. For more information, call 570-278-1881, email: suspulib@epix.net or check out the Susquehanna County Historical Society’s new web site for genealogy and local history: www.susqcohistsoc.org/

Susquehanna Depot Area Historical Society Museum of local history of the communities in the northeast corner of Susquehanna County, located in the Shops Plaza in Susquehanna Depot Borough. The museum is open Sundays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

 

Religious Conferences

Arrowhead Camping Ministries A year round Christian camp ministry operating Arrowhead Bible Camp in Brackney, PA and Rock Mountain Bible Camp in South Gibson, PA. Provides summer programs for youth in grades 3-9 and developmentally disabled individuals. Also, a family oriented camp ground with tent and RV sites from May-September. Retreat/rental opportunities available. For more information, call 1-800-458-8260 or check their website at www.arrowheadministry.org

Dimock Camp Meeting Music and religious programs are held during July and August. The camp is located six miles south of Montrose and approximately 20 miles north of Tunkhannock on Rt. 29. Directional signs are posted in Dimock at the blinker light. The camp is handicap accessible. For more information on the program schedule, call 278-2682 or visit their website at www.gbgm-umc.org/dimockcampmtg

Montrose Bible Conference A Christian conference center and camp with programs for all ages. Conference and dormitory facilities are available. For more information, contact the Montrose Bible Conference, 5 Locust Street, Montrose, PA 18801-1112: phone 570-278-1001 or 800-598-5030; FAX: 570-278-3061; email: info@montrosebible.org, or check their web site at www.montrosebible.org.

 

County Map

Susquehanna County I-81 Exits:
Use Interstate 81 as your launching point for your travel to the top of the Endless Mountains. Choose Rt. 11 South, Rt. 29 South or Rt. 706 West to connect to Rt. 6.

Area Served Routes Old Exit # New Exit #
Great Bend, Hallstead, Susquehanna Rt. 11, 1033, 171 68 230
New Milford, Lakeside, Jackson, and Thompson. Montrose and points west. Rt. 11, 492, 706 67 223
Gibson, PA State Police Rt. 848 66 219
Harford, Kingsley Rt. 547 65 217
Lenox, South Gibson, West Clifford, Elk Mountain Rt. 92 & 106 64 211
Lenoxville, Glenwood, Clifford, Dundaff, Elk Mountain Rt. 374, 106 63 206

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation website offers a detailed county map. Your computer must be able to read a PDF file to access this map.