Trip times are posted to help customers with their planning. These times will vary based on the water levels as well as how much kayakers paddle. Shuttle time and setup takes about an additional half hour total.
Tavern Run – 2 Hour Paddle
Start at Waterworks, a community which was started to support the Union Canal and wind past many islands on a more isolated section of the Swatara Creek. Paddle by the creek’s largest limestone outcrop, Blue Rock, and finish near Harper’s Tavern and Restaurant established in 1804.
Bald Eagle Run – 3 Hour Paddle
Our premier 3-hour prime season midday trip is the best for spotting bald eagles. Paddle past two known eagle nests, tree-lined banks, islands and the site of Valley Glen, a 19th century park which was thought to be Milton Hershey’s inspiration for Hersheypark.
Boathouse Run – 2 Hour Paddle
A convenient section of the Swatara – Only 5 minutes from Hersheypark and Tröegs Brewery, situated in a lush and tranquil bald eagle habitat. Glide past deep fishing holes, stone beaches, wildflowers and wooded cliffs.
Hummel Run – 2 Hour Paddle
Paddle past Hersheypark Camping Resort and through the wooded hillsides of historic Hummelstown. A couple small riffles along the way provide a mild challenge while navigating around islands dotting the creek. Finish at Schiavoni Park, one of Hummelstown’s hidden gems.
Mink Run – 2 Hour Paddle
A diverse stretch of creek varying from islands and small riffles to deep pools and long straightaways. Pass by a local attraction, Indian Echo Caverns, and smaller limestone caves that dot the water trail. Legends place horse thieves residing in these caves. You might see a portion of the Middletown-Hummelstown scenic railroad as you pass by.