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Bordner Cabin, Eagle Scout Projects, PA Conservation Corps,
Swatara State Park, Swatara River, Swatara Sojourn, Swatara
Water Trail, Tenaska, Swatara Watershed Park, and
Planning a Swatara
Updated Map |
Swatara Water Trail map and guide 7MB 10.12.2017.pdf|
Public access points about every
For comparison, when the
Harpers gauge at our
launch @ 1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville reads the following
Road to site #1 is almost covered, not accessible
and partly flooded;
7’ our ramp is covered to
the top gravel border;
9’ the swell puts water onto sites 1-4 & site 8;
10.56', only sites 26-35 do not flood.
National Weather Service provides forecasts for Harper's
and Hershey gauges. Check the gauge nearest your start point.
Beginners should reschedule at 2.2' deep.
if experienced, but water is rising between 3.5' & 4', or below .4'.
Kayaks may float a bit
lower. Memorial Lake is an option when the Swatara is too high or
|Use caution at dams: With groups, avoid
low-head dam in Jonestown. Uneven portage on left bank, which disappears
into tree line in high water. Hershey dam portage is also on the left. Long, but flat, mowed route. Take out at feeder stream on left before warning sign.|
|U-Tow Canoes Available
Canoe Use agreement:
CANOE USE CONTRACT.pdf
Seasonal Primitive Camping
Fishing, hiking, picnicking
Visit the Bordner Cabin in Swatara
Bordner Cabin Drive
thru Swatara State Park 9AM-3PM the 2nd Fri & Sat monthly & 4th Fri & Sat
Mar, Apr, Sep & Oct.
Most recent Newsletter:
2017 Swatara News .pub.pdf
About the Swatara Watershed
Rivers Conservation Plan
Swatara on Great Nonprofits:
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Excerpts from the Mode "One Tank Getaway" by
by Mitchell L. Hillman, Jr.
Swatara Creek Inn— R.D. 2, Box 692 (Jonestown Road),
Annville, PA 17003, (717) 865-3259; Dick & Susan Hess, proprietors.
Harper’s Tavern— Rt.
934 & Old Jonestown Road, Annville, PA 17003, (717) 865-2584; Elaine
Brensinger, proprietor. Open for Dinner: Tuesday through Saturday at 5:00
p.m. & Sunday 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Open for Lunch: Tuesday through Friday
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Please call for reservations.
Allen Theatre— 36 East
Main Street, Annville, PA 17003, (717) 867-4766; Skip Hicks, proprietor.
Call for currently playing films and show times.
MJ’s Coffeehouse at
the Allen Theatre— Open Sunday to Thursday 3:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.,
Open Friday & Saturday 3:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
OTHER THINGS TO DO
DURING YOUR STAY:
Annville is conveniently located with many nearby sites for fun,
including: Memorial Lake State Park, the Appalachian Trail, Hershey
attractions (only 15 minutes away), Lancaster, Mt. Hope, Mt. Gretna,
Reading, & Lebanon.
|For a comfortable night’s
stay, try the Swatara Creek Inn, then dinner at Harper’s Tavern and a
movie at the Allen Theatre.
The Swatara Creek Inn is a beautiful three story
Victorian mansion, converted to a bed & breakfast and owned by Dick and
Susan Hess, that rests majestically on top of a hill amidst century old
trees, just off Route 934. Each of ten guest rooms comes with its
own private bath and a queen size canopy bed.
The Swatara Creek Inn was originally built in 1860 by a
wealthy bachelor named Jacob Ulrich, who lived there with his two sisters.
From 1882 until 1917 two couples, Frey and Klick, owned the house— it was
then purchased by Milton Hershey and eventually handed over to the Milton
Trust Company in 1931. During this time it was used as a boy’s orphanage
home and as a quarantine house.
In 1941 it was purchased by the Paynes and renamed
Hemlock Hall, which was originally started as a tourist home, but
eventually housed G.I. s in World War II. The Inn has changed hands many
times since then, at one time it was owned by Syracuse University at
another time it was used as a fabric warehouse.
Finally in 1986, Dick Hess purchased the house and the
four acres of property it rests upon. Renovations began immediately and
opened the Inn in 1987, starting with five rooms.
Across the road from the Inn is Harper’s Tavern, a
comfortably elegant dining establishment run with love by Elaine
Brensinger. Harper’s Tavern was built in 1804 by Mr. Harper himself,
but its present incarnation as a restaurant started in 1980 and Elaine was
one of the original cooks.
Everything’s home made and freshly done to order.
Nothing is made up ahead and all of our seafood is fresh.
One of the biggest attractions to downtown Annville,
aside from Lebanon Valley College, is the Allen Theater. The Allen Theatre
recalls single screen theatres of the past, with a traditional neon
marquee, a small concession area offering soda, popcorn (great popcorn!)
and candy, and newsreels or cartoons shown before the film. There are even
greeters at the door and a one-person ticket booth. Yet, the Allen Theatre
also seems to be the theatre of the future, featuring its own coffeehouse,
occasional live musicians playing in the lobby and a wide array of
delicious desserts. The project began in 1990, took three years to plan,
and finally opened on September 21, 1995. Although the Allen Theatre is
located where the old Hippodrome Theatre once stood, it was a total