Scenic USA - Pennsylvania

McKee's Half Falls

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McKee's Lower Half Falls - Pennsylvania

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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     The Susquehanna River begins its 444 mile journey as it flows from Otsego Lake near Cooperstown, New York. Often regarded as the main branch, this north branch flows southward through New York's dairy country, and joins the West Branch in central Pennsylvania’s town of Northumberland. Here the river parallels Route 11/15, a major north/south McKees Upper Half Fallsflowing artery in central Pennsylvania. Named after the native Susquehannock Tribe, the lazy river heads toward the state capital and eventually empties into the Chesapeake Bay at Maryland's Havre de Grace.
     Pictured here is a view of the Susquehanna from the McKee's Half Falls Rest Area, just south of where the two branches join together at Northumberland. Two rock ledges, stretching across the river, not only create a navigational barrier but a challenging set of rapids for paddlers. This double half falls is known to entice area anglers, eager to test their skills. The state has constructed a simple, but beautiful rest stop area, complete with picnic tables and comfort station. This late afternoon view captures the golden glow of the setting sun, as well as autumn’s natural beauty of Susquehanna River Valley.

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