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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. 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. For a complete list visit the bird section on our blog.

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 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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