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“Same old place for the last 60 years...great to fish, dangerous if you don't know what can happen below a DAM !”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Holtwood Dam

Holtwood Dam
Ranked #32 of 71 things to do in Lancaster
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Port Orange, Florida
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Same old place for the last 60 years...great to fish, dangerous if you don't know what can happen below a DAM !”
Reviewed 14 December 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

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English first
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Best Hiking place in Lancaster County”
Reviewed 15 October 2012

I have been going to Kelly's Run and the Pinnical Overlook for the past couple of months now and had a blast each time. The scenery is alwys changing and is a great cardio workout.

Visited October 2012
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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“An amazing dam, AND, a historic, rustic, uniquely beautiful area.”
Reviewed 23 September 2012

The tour itself is best suited for those with a fascination for engineering feats, yet also for history buffs. The latter group would benefit more by doing some pre-visit research. It's a shame that "Holtwood Village" no longer remains, except in photographs. The nearby Conestoga Historical Society has a lot of info on both the dam and the former village.

The view below the dam from the Norman Wood Bridge (on Rt. 372) is spectacular. This area is prized by fishermen and nature paddlers alike...the rocks carved by years of strong water currents released from the dam make the area unlike anything I've seen elsewhere. There are also Islands to explore, some with small "beaches." So bring your paddlecraft or small powerboat along for your visit.

I think the "ironworks" referred to by the previous reviewer would be the restored remains of "Lock 12." This was one of 29 locks along the Susquehanna & Tidewater Canal (more info on Wikipedia). The locks compensated for the drop in elevation along the river between Wrightsville, PA and Havre de Grace MD. You can also view the unrestored (but remarkably well preserved) remains of Lock 11 back a trail from the parking area on the north side of York county side of the bridge. This area has hiking trails and river vistas. The partially paved road on the south side leads to another parking area at Lock 12 that also has a boat launch. This road can become "4-wheel drive only" after heavy rains.

Also worth a visit is Muddy Run Park on the Lancaster county side of the bridge.

Visited August 2012
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Stewartstown, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“they put beauty in the making”
Reviewed 10 September 2012

i go there lots to just hang out and eat a little food, feed the ducks and fish, once in a while rent a boat and paddle up to the dam. right before crossing the bridge there is a spot you can pull off, it is where the iron works are still left standing. they would pull the boats up the river with horses, found this interesting. lots to do and lots to see.

Visited June 2012
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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“I'm a geek, but I loved this!”
Reviewed 27 August 2012

This trip might not be for everyone, but if you watch "How's it Made" then seeing the inner workings of the dam might be right up your alley. It's a long drive, down a windy road to get to the river, but once you're there the staff is knowlegable and the views are amazing.

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