The Conodoguinet Creek is approximately 90 miles long and drains 540 square miles of diverse lands. Forested areas over the upland basin give way to intense agriculture throughout the valley. Much of the Conodoguinet Creek watershed still has a strong agricultural flavor, including numerous villages and small towns. While farming remains a prominent land use in the western part of the valley, dramatic growth in the Carlisle to Camp Hill area has converted much agricultural land to residential and commercial uses. The Conodoguinet meanders toward the suburban west shore of Harrisburg through a series of elaborate bends and loops. The name Conodoguinet comes from an Indian word meaning a long way with many bends.