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Susquehanna State Park is located along the banks of the Susquehanna River, just north of Havre de Grace, MD, where the river flows into the Chesapeake Bay. The park is virtually midway between Baltimore to the southwest and Wilmington to the east, with Philadelphia just a few miles further on.
The bulk of the park is on the river’s west bank, but it also includes some river islands and small areas on the east bank. Within the park is the Rock Run Historical Area, which includes a grist mill, mansion house, toll house and remnants of the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal. The Steppingstone Museum is also located in the park and is home to exhibits of local arts and crafts.
There are beautiful areas around Chesapeake Bay and beyond to explore when you book an RV in Harford County.
Rent a camper near Susquehanna State Park, and you’ll find plenty of outdoor activities available for you you explore. Following the river for several miles, the park offers great opportunities for boating and fishing, along with many other outdoor activities. In the south of the park is the Lapidum Boating Facility with ramps giving direct access into the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay just a few miles downstream. There is a small charge for using the ramps, but these can be paid locally.
Fishing is a very popular pastime here, and the river offers a range of fish to catch, depending on the season. In early spring, shad and herring run the river heading back to their spawning grounds, where perch, catfish, and carp can be caught in abundance. Depending on where you want to fish, a different license may be required, so consult the local park wardens for advice.
The park has over 15 miles of marked, well-maintained trails for use by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Ivy Branch Trail is an easy to moderate route, that covers around two miles and can be made into a loop by using a short section of farm road. Deer Creek Trail is also around two-miles, but a moderate to difficult loop that begins and ends in the picnic area. It takes in spectacular views from between the giant trees and definitely worth the effort to complete.
The campground at Susquehanna State Park consists of two loops, with 69 sites although only a few have electrical hookup. The majority of sites are basic, with just a fire ring and there’s a restroom located in the center of each loop. This is a basic site with few facilities but does give you very easy access to the park trails and the river when camping with an RV.
Woodlands Camping Resort is located in Elkton, less than 20 miles away. Open year-round this RV resort offers full hookup sites with daily, weekly, and monthly options. Electric golf carts are fine here so if you have one don't forget to bring it. There is a maximum of two pets.
The park doesn’t have a store or gas station, so you’ll need to travel to nearby Havre de Grace in your rental RV to refuel and collect supplies. In the town is a range of restaurants from fast-food to more upmarket fish and steakhouses. You’ll also find a good range of shopping, but if you need more, larger cities are just a short drive away.
There is plenty to explore in the area when camping at Susquehanna State Park. Steppingstone Farm Museum is located within the park grounds and aims to preserve the rural heritage of Hartford County. On display are around 7,000 tools and artifacts and within the farm’s barns and outbuildings are working exhibits of 18th-century trades. From broom makers, blacksmiths, stone-cutters, and masons, all the trades required to operate an 18th-century farm are represented.
At Rock Run Historical Area, a number of 18th-century buildings have been preserved and opened to the public. The original Rock Run Grist Mill ground turned wheat into flour using a waterwheel for power. The building was restored in the 1960s and demonstrations of the working waterwheel and mill take place on weekends and public holidays. There are many more buildings in the area, including the Carter-Archer Mansion House, built for the mill owner in 1804. The house is partially restored and offers a glimpse into life in the 19th-century.
While visiting Havre de Grace in your rental RV, the town’s Maritime Museum would make for an interesting stop. The museum is located at the mouth of the Susquehanna River where it meets the Chesapeake Bay, and its goal is to preserve the local maritime history. Opened in 1988, the main floor holds 21 exhibits of maritime artifacts related to the local area. On the ground floor is the boat shop, which currently houses three historic boats including a Chesapeake Skiff. Dotted throughout the grounds are a number of other exhibits to explore.