Writer Michael Vyskocil
Photographer Eric Forberger
Located along the Susquehanna River’s banks in Wrightsville — a 15- to 20-minute drive from downtown York — Shank’s Mare Outfitters is the premier destination for hiking and paddlesports, including kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.
Kayaking and paddleboarding lessons, paddle tours, children’s adventure camps, guided hikes and riverside dining and entertainment make Shank’s Mare summer activity central in York County.
What began as a downtown York retail location in 1978, Shank’s Mare now occupies a historic 1880s general store building commanding a sweeping view of the Susquehanna River. This majestic setting naturally supports the business philosophy and the self-propelled, “to travel by foot” translation of the Scottish saying that inspired its name, Shank’s Mare.
“Everything we do, we try to give people a sense of place. We want people to learn about the area, and we offer that sense of history,” says co-owner Liz Winand.
“The Susquehanna River is unique in that each section of the river has a story,” she says of the environmental, historical and scenic locales you can experience firsthand on a Lock 15, Native American rock art or Conejohela Flats birding paddle tour.
Back on land, Shank’s Mare sets the stage for extraordinary riverside entertainment. The popular Friday Nite Unwinds deliver live, local music with the on-site Lock 2 Café serving light dinner specials for each concert.
Paddling and dining unite with two special summer offerings. Paddle Evening Rendezvous on select Friday evenings pairs beginner-friendly paddling with fabulous cuisine from The Rookery. Paddle, Taste & Dine Saturday evening programs give paddling guests tastings of wines and craft beers from local brewers and winemakers.
With an extensive selection of outdoor accessories available in the Outfitters Shop, you can easily get your gear and go play outside. #YorkPASummer
Shank’s Mare Outfitters
2092 Long Level Rd.
Wrightsville, PA 17368