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Holtwood Dam

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Address: Lancaster, PA
Phone Number: 8777755253
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Challenging hiking

We hiked at Holtwood based on online and written hiker's resources. We scoffed at the assertion that a particular 3.5 mile trail would take 3 hours. We are no longer laughing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Reading, Pennsylvania
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hiked at Holtwood based on online and written hiker's resources. We scoffed at the assertion that a particular 3.5 mile trail would take 3 hours. We are no longer laughing. Wet, leat-covered rocks and boulders along a swift creek and upwards made for a rewarding and challenging hike. The overlook is beautiful. Make sure you stop off at RD's... More 

Thank JS B
Airville, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Beautiful. Very Seanic! Leaves are turning which makes it more wonderful. Good hiking and dog walking!

Thank Lynne G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Went hiking with my 5 year old grandson to the dam. He was exited to be able to walk on the rocks and experience nature. He wanted to stay there to camp ground, and go fishing.

Thank Wanda M
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34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

First of all, we did not have a lot of time alloted for Holtwood Dam and some of that was eaten up getting lost getting there! Having said that we found a great overlook, Susquehannock Park where we were able to get some great photos of vista view. The park there was very nice. We also rode around other areas... More 

Thank Linda A
Feasterville, Pennsylvania
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120 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

LOVE LOVE LOVE! You can play for hours with your Kayak in the holes, surf until your arms are numb, there is no other place like it.

Thank Rick M
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is the dam at the Susquehanna River. There is parking and people fish here. Its a nice place to go for a walk. Its safe and an open area with a nice view of the river were the Conestoga Creek joins it.

1 Thank TravelerDMH
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168 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Holtwood is the home of the new "play" area for kayaks. You must be experienced to use it. But the view of Holtwood dam is beautiful and you may see eagles!!!

Thank Artisticwander
Macungie, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We are into photographing wildlife and while this is a nice scenic place, Conowingo Dam on the Maryland side of the river is better for spotting and photographing bald Eagles as well as other birds. There is a dirt road here that leads to several scenic overlooks but the area on the North side of the river is closed due... More 

4 Thank Grayhare
Lititz, PA
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55 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

A nice place to spend the day fishing for bass and cats. Lots of rocks to swim from. has boating waterways for recreational boating. Nice family place. Be careful of currents when the dam empties.

6 Thank dnopain
Port Orange, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Been fishing, walking, looking for indian stuff, since 1953...when You could rent a boat at my Great Uncles place.. in the 50's till he died long befor muddy run and peach bottom Atomic Power Plant. When they made Conowingo it flooded the peach orchards next to the old riverbed...Moved out of the area in 1998

4 Thank Allen W

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