West Branch Designated as National Recreation Trail

On June 2 Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes announced the designation of the Susquehanna River Water Trail – West Branch as a National Recreation Trail (NRT), one of 41 trails being added to the National Trails System.

The West Branch water trail was recognized as one of only two NRTs designated this year in Pennsylvania. The trail joins a statewide network of 67 NRTs totaling more than 2300 miles. The designation of the Susquehanna River Water Trail – West Branch is part of a larger vision to create connected water trails along America’s waterways with a network of public access points.

The West Branch Susquehanna Water Trail is part of a larger Susquehanna Water Trail network. With the addition of the West Branch water trail, the Susquehanna Water Trail now totals 494 miles, and is the largest river-based water trail system in the NRT program. Key partners that have helped the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership to make the water trail a reality include DCNR, the PA Fish and Boat Commission, and the numerous public boat access owners.

Learn more about NRTs here.