Cocoa Kayak Rentals of Hershey

Gentle Creek Kayaking

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Trips can begin from launch sites less than 5 minutes from Hershey Park. You’ll be surprised how close the beautiful tree-lined Swatara Creek is to the center of Hershey. We offer nine trip options on 45 miles of a gentle Class I creek (FYI- Classes III- VI are whitewater). Our rentals operate with meet-up locations matched to the location of where you will finish your scheduled trip. We do NOT have a staffed location since our trips start/end on various sections of the Swatara WaterTrail Map           

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Trip Descriptions:

Tavern Run:  Water Works (near Ono) to Harper’s Tavern Area (north of Annville)

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5 miles/2 hrs light paddle: $39.99 single kayak & $79.99 2-person kayak

Start your float in a community built to support the Union Canal. This stretch is narrower and shallower than lower parts of the Swatara Creek–surrounded by trees, you feel like you’re in a world of your own. A shorter trip, but you experience most of the extended trip’s highlights. Plan ahead for your finish at Harper’s Tavern, an 1804 stagecoach stop now serving kayakers!

Bald Eagle Run: Harper’s Tavern (north of Annville) to Cocoa Kayak Landing* (north of Palmyra)

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8 miles/3 hrs light paddle: $54.99 single kayak & $109.99 2-person kayak

Our newest trip and the most Bald Eagle sightings on the creek is an easy stretch of tree-lined banks, a few islands, and the SWA Park. After the park you may notice Valley Glen, where a 19th century amusement park once stood–believed to have inspired Milton Hershey‘s park.  There are at least two Bald Eagle nests on this stretch and lots of Great Blue Herons and other large birds.  After your excursion visit Babes Grill House in nearby Palmyra for some refreshing drinks and delicious food.

Boathouse Run: Cocoa Kayak Landing* (north of Palmyra) to Boathouse Park (Hershey)

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5.5 miles/2 hrs light paddle: $39.99 single kayak & $79.99 2-person kayak

A convenient segment of the Swatara Creek–only five minutes from Hershey Park and Troeg’s Brewery, but you’d never guess by the tranquil sounds and lush surroundings. Glide past deep fishing holes, stone beaches, wildflowers  and wooded cliffs. After a few miles, you’ll discover the depth and width of the creek growing as you approach Boathouse Park. A great combination of various water depths and scenery with minimal shuttle time.

Hummel Run: Union Deposit to Schiavoni Park (Hummelstown)


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5 miles/2 hrs light paddle: $39.99 single kayak & $79.99 2-person kayak

Early in the float pass Hersheypark Camping Resort on the left bank. Much of this section is wooded hillsides and winds around Hummelstown. Along the way two small parks offer water trail access points to stretch your legs along the way. A couple small riffles provide a mild challenge prior to passing a few small islands dotting the creek before ending at Schiavoni Park on the west side of Hummelstown. Try the Union Canal House in Union Deposit to replenish your soul with cold drinks and great food.

Cave Run: Schiavoni Park (Hummelstown) to Fulling Mill Road (north of Middletown)

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5 mi/2 hrs light paddle: $39.99 single kayak & $79.99 2-person kayak

One of the most diverse stretches of depth, islands and small riffles flows by the mouth of Indian Echo Caverns and smaller caves. Susquehannock Indians once lived and hunted in this area. From your kayak wave to passengers on the Middletown-Hummelstown scenic railroad, powered by a historic steam engine. Several ideal fishing spots can be found along the creek’s forested hillsides and limestone outcrops. Afterwards grab a drink and a bite on the Warwick Hotel’s deck in historic Hummelstown.


Legend: * private access, Cocoa Kayak customers only