Recreation

Northumberland County lies within the heart of the 3rd-highest region of Pennsylvania in terms of outdoor recreational visitors annually. Many outdoor recreational opportunities are created by the confluence of the northern and Western branches of the Susquehanna River, and the area is extremely popular for boating, canoe and kayaking, fishing, and a host of other water-related activities. Northumberland County's tourism partner, the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau, is the official destination marketing organization, and the premier source of information for recreational activities opportunities.

Off-Road Exploration Adventures

One of Northumberland County’s fastest-growing outdoor recreational destinations is the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area, located in Coal Township between Shamokin and Trevorton. The AOAA features over 7,000 acres of off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails over a wide variety of terrain and degrees of difficulty. Riders from all over the eastern states are coming in increasing numbers to enjoy this unique experience. ATV’s, UTV’s, Jeeps and other full-size vehicles can find seemingly endless trails that wind through this reclaimed former coal land, and learn about the many conservation initiatives being undertaken here. Hiking and mountain biking trails are currently in development, with even more non-motorized trails planned for the future. 

Fun for children (of all ages!)

If more excitement is what you’re seeking, a visit to Knoebel’s Amusement Park in Elysburg may just be the answer. America’s largest free-admission park, operating since 1926, offers a reminiscent step back into yesteryear with its wooden roller coaster, carousel, and antique cars. For the avid adrenaline seekers in the crowd, rides such as the PowerSurge, Twister, Impulse, and Fandango are sure to please. 

Getting Back to Nature

For the nature enthusiasts, the area abounds in hiking, walking, paddling, and biking trails. Northumberland County’s greenways, parks, and waterways offer unique and slow-paced glimpses of the flora, fauna, and rich history of the region. The Susquehanna River offers miles of paddling opportunities along the north and west branches, which meet here. Walk along the Sunbury floodwall greenway, or hike and picnic in Shikellamy or Milton State Parks, where you’ll almost certainly spot a bald eagle or two along the way. Or take a tour through T&D’s Cats of the World, just a few minutes away in Middleburg, and see some of the world’s most majestic creatures.

Eat, Drink, and be Merry

Festivals, fairs, and so much more add to the interesting and exciting things to do in Northumberland County. Among the many events are Sunbury’s Annual River Festival, Wine and Brew Festival, Halloween and Santa parades, and Countdown in the Downtown New Year’s Eve Celebration. In Shamokin, the annual Anthracite Arts Festival celebrates the coal region’s heritage.

Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau - the Definitive Source!

The Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau is the region's official destination marketing organization, and the main source of information for whatever recreational pursuit you enjoy. The Visitors Bureau has recently published its "Outdoor Recreational Guide to the Susquehanna Valley" that is packed with information on all sorts of recreational pursuits. For more information on things to see, hear, do, and experience in and around Northumberland County, check out the Susquehanna River Valley Visitor Bureau’s website, www.visitcentralpa.org.