The Susquehanna River walk is a four mile stretch of trail along the banks of the Williamsport, South-Williamsport and Loyalsock township parts of the Susquehanna River. This $2.5 Million project, completed in 2009, consists of The Timber Trail, referencing to Williamsport's history as the lumber capitol of the world. Along the trail you will find a number of plaques with a history of the region including the railways, and the West Branch Canal system, in addition to the area's lumber boom. For more information on the Susquehanna River Walk, visit the Lycoming County website.
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The Wood Hick by Pamela Barner
The Woodhick, a bronze sculpture crafted by Pamela Madai Barner of Muncy, PA, represents the typical working lumberjack of that era. The Woodhick was the first piece of art to be placed on the river walk. This project was funded by Lycoming County through a grant obtained from the Lumber Heritage Region.
Artist Statement: “Visual art has been prominent in my life since early. It is a lifelong pursuit. I had been encouraged, supported and spurred on by my parents, especially from my mother who was an artist. Since youth, I was taught to see things differently- through the eyes of an artist. Early lessons had me watching the news, not to learn of what was going on in the world, but rather to study the anchor's face since he or she was a relatively fixed model. My fascination with the human form continues though I enjoy other subject matter as well. I marvel in the creative process and the flow that occurs when the spirit of creation takes over. I find a deep connection with each piece of my art as I easily become absorbed in the creative process. Whatever the medium I work in, I hope to create a visual connection that will stir emotion, thought, wonderment, spirit and energy in myself as well as in the viewer. My style grows and shifts with time and experience. My drive remains consistent, purposeful and focused. In each developing moment I see that I am supported by observing the viewer observe and connect to my work. - Pamela Barner
What Lives in There, by Michael Patterson
Artist Michael Patterson of Oval, PA, created the stainless steel sculpture called What Lives In There. The sculpture, which was unveiled on September 25, 2012, is mounted on the floodwall on the Susquehanna River Walk in South Williamsport, near the Maynard Street Bridge. The sculpture was funded by a grant from the First community Foundation and a Legacy donation from Jane and Charlie Darrow in honor of Ann Combs Darrow. Sculpture is visible on the concrete wall along the Riverwalk on the left (when traveling south) of the Maynard Street bridge. Turn left into the parking lot of Riverfront South.
Artist Statement: "This is what lives in there - right there in the river on the other side of the fence - musky, shad, carp smallmouth bass, walleye, catfish, sucker, sunfish and eel. I chose the theme because I love fish and fishing. Creating a piece showing species of fish native to the river was a perfect way of connecting the river walk to the river. When I moved to the area in 1969, the river was little more than a garbage dump and was nearly devoid of aquatic life. The river was a mess. Now the river is much cleaner and the fish depicted in the sculpture, except the shad, are in abundance. People should remember, however, that demands are being placed on the river by growing communities and the river should be treated with care and honor." - Michael Patterson