The Park

Fort Hunter Park is a beautiful place to visit, located along the scenic Susquehanna River. The park covers 40 acres of open land, providing space for visitors to explore and interact with nature. Whether you are looking to take a leisurely walk, have a picnic or  ride a bike, Fort Hunter Park has something for everyone to enjoy.

In addition to the beautiful scenery and ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, Fort Hunter Park also offers a rich history. The park is named after the French and Indian War fort that once stood on the site. A highlight of the park is the elegantly restored Fort Hunter Mansion, which provides a glimpse into life in the 1800s and offers guided tours of the restored interiors.

Get A Breath of Fresh Air

Walk at Fort Hunter

Take a walk along the river, the old towpath of the Pennsylvania Canal or around the park perimeter. Learn about the historic buildings and old estate with a self-guided Walking Tour, view some of the Historic Trees and take a Guided Tour of the Mansion. Open field areas encourage pickup games and two play areas are available for children.

The natural areas along Fishing Creek, the Susquehanna River and the old Pennsylvania Canal allow bird watching and observation of nature. Put a canoe, kayak or small motorized boat in the river from the fish access and enjoy the beautiful sites of the river.

Dogs are welcome but must be leashed!


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Coming Soon!

On October 18th, 2023, plans were unveiled for a new, inclusive playground here at Fort Hunter Park. The playground will include ramped equipment; a poured, rubberized surface; concrete paths; and renovated restrooms to better accommodate the diverse needs of park visitors.

Representatives from The GIANT Company joined Dauphin County Parks & Recreation officials and members of the project’s design review committee to announce a $50,000 contribution to the project as part of the company’s 100th anniversary celebration.

Work will begin on the restrooms soon; with the anticipated groundbreaking for the playground in Spring 2024!


Find the full press release here!

Photographs in the park

Fort Hunter Park is a lovely spot for photographs, you are welcome to use the park as a backdrop for your engagement photos and family portraits. No fee or reservation is required, please be respectful of the park and other park users. If you are inspired by the beauty of the park and the ease with which you may capture your photos, and would like to say “thank you, ” consider making a donation to the Friends of Fort Hunter who support the park.

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