Luzerne County Rail Trail

photo: The Luzerne County NRT is an active freight rail line. Photo by Mark James. Type: Rail Trail
Length: 13.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Boating, Motorized
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Sailing
Camping
Dogs - On leash
Fishing
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Wilkes-Barre
States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Luzerne
Latitude: 41.32208   Longitude: -75.7936

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Description

The Susquehanna River Watch has been involved in a project since 1982 to create a Greenway with Trail from Duryea to Wilkes-Barre to be used for public opportunities for walking, biking, cross country skiing, horseback riding, environmental education and nature study tours. There will be areas for senior citizens and the physically challenged, as well as river access for fishing and boating. For those interested in cultural heritage, the trail will preserve natural or landscape settings surrounding important community landmarks.

The rail line presently owned by the Luzerne County Rail Corporation follows closely 8 ? miles of the banks of the Susquehanna River, with more than 60% of the trail length immediately adjacent to the river, treading through an area of rich ecological diversity and cultural heritage. The trail will provide an opportunity for the region's communities to develop a project that builds on the existing assets of the river.

Passing through the jurisdictions of Duryea, Pittston, Jenkins Township, Plains, and Wilkes-Barre City, the Luzerne County Rail Trail will be completed and an extension of other regional recreation systems.

The engineering for the Luzerne County Rail Trail project is being performed by The Cultural, Environmental and Engineering Group, Inc., located at 2 North Main Street, Pittston.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Bituminous treatment
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: 6
Elevation High Point: 5
Year Designated: 2003

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
John J. Charles
Luzerne County Recreation
2009 Wyoming Ave.
Forty Fort , PA 18704
(570) 331-7046

Information contact:
Charles Urban
22 Brookside Street
Wilkes-Barre , PA 18705
(570) 829-2841

 

Photos

The Luzerne County NRT is an active freight rail line. Photo by Mark James.

The Luzerne County NRT is an active freight rail line. Photo by Mark James.

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