Mark your calendars for a day of fun! Grab your bikes and boats and join us at River Front Park (569 Vinegar Ferry Road, Marietta) on Sunday, August 16. Starting at 9:30 AM you can launch your kayak or canoe onto the river, ride a bike along the paved Northwestern Lancaster County River Trail, or take a hike along the trail.
Boaters will drop (and lock) their bikes at the take-out and then drive up to the put-in at Bainbridge and paddle down the Susquehanna to the take-out at River Front Park. After lunch they can hop on their bikes and ride up the trail to retrieve their vehicles. (A car shuttle will be available to retrieve vehicles for those who choose not to bike).
Bikers will ride south in the morning traveling through Marietta and down to Columbia. The scenic ride along the paved trail and roads is about 16 miles round trip.
Hikers will hike north along the river to check out an eagle’s nest along the trail and will then continue north to the White Cliffs of Conoy. The hike to the White Cliffs and back is approximately 5 miles. Hikers can choose to do a longer or shorter hike.
After the morning’s activities, everyone is encouraged to hang around for a socially distanced picnic. Unlike in past years, due to the concerns of catching and spreading Covid-19 throughout the club, we are requesting everyone bring their own lunch and beverage. The club will provide a grill for those who want to bring a burger or hot dog for their own consumption.
Following the picnic, it’s playtime again, with your choice of paddling, biking or hiking. Or just spread a blanket on the grassy field and enjoy the afternoon. Boaters will launch from our picnic spot and paddle around the area in the Susquehanna River.
If the water on the Susquehanna is high and running fast, the location will be changed to Gifford Pinchot State Park. Please check the SSC website after August 6th to confirm the location. For more information, contact Mike Gavin at 717-495-1905 or firstname.lastname@example.org.