Big Spring Creek Greenway

Big Spring Road,
Newville, PA 17241
(717) 705-7850

Big Spring Creek Greenway is a world famous limestone creek that flows through woodland and farmland for 6 miles before emptying into the Conodoguinet Creek. It is the 5th largest spring in Pennsylvania. With a consistent flow of cool, fertile water it is the perfect place to land a 5-pound wild brook trout on a dry fly and to go bird watching.

Fly Fishing: Wading is allowed but not necessary. There is a 1.5 mile catch-and-release only fly fishing area. Click here for some tips to make the most of your fly fishing experience along the Big Spring Creek. Catch your next fly fishing destination here.

Bird Watching: Big Spring doesn't freeze over, so winter is a great time to visit to see American Widgeon, Eastern Phoebe, Rusty Blackbirds along with Winter Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and more. In the summer, both Yellow-billed and Black-billed Cuckoos can be found. American Bald Eagles make occasional appearances in the fall and Great Blue Herons and Belted Kingfishers are around all year long. More than 190 species of birds have been identified along the Big Spring since 2000. For a complete list, click here.

View Big Spring Creek real-time water levels.

Things to Do
  • Directions: To reach Big Spring Creek take exit 37 off of Interstate 81. Head north on Rte 233 for 1 mile and take a left at the traffic light onto Rte 11 (Ritner Hwy). Go 3 miles and take a right onto Big Spring Rd. The Spring Head is about a mile up the road. From the North, take Rte 233 south until you reach the light at Rte 11 (Ritner Hwy). Take a right at the light and then follow the directions as stated above.
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