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Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails

Location E of Hazleton from SR 93E eventually to Lehigh Gorge Trail
State(s) Pennsylvania
Counties Luzerne and Carbon
Type Rail Trail
Length 4.00 Miles / 6.44 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation
Agency Private
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No

 

 

Description


The Greater Hazleton Rail Trail (GHRT) is four miles long with breathtaking scenic views such as wetlands, a reservoir, and rare Pine & Heath Barrens. Although the right of way is owned by the Hazleton City Water Authority, Butler Enterprises and Cabot Corporation, it is on a 50 year lease with the Greater Hazleton Area Civic Partnership (GHACP). Along with natural resources, it also runs through the historic part of the community showing small patch towns and both active strip mining and past mining scarred lands.



The crushed limestone path features exercise stations, parking, picnic tables, and scenic benches. The Trail gives access to citizens from 12 municipalities covering three counties making the total population of the citizenry numbers over 65,000. In the future, the trail will eventually be connected to the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L NHC) which will make the overall Trail approximately 16 miles long. After the connection to the D&L trail it will then connect up with the Susquehanna Greenways Partnership (SGP) trail system in Wilkes-Barre PA. Along the route to the D&L NHC, it will connect the Greater Hazleton area with the historic Eckley Miners' Village (State Historic Museum Site), Lehigh Gorge State Park, and the surrounding game lands.



Upon completion the Trail will provide four parking areas, 10 exercise stations, and a number of accommodating picnic tables, benches and interpretive signs (Continued...)

 

Visitor Information


Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Dawn - Time Closes: Dusk

Directions

Not Available

 

Additional Information

Width: 120 inches.

Primary Surface: Crushed Rock

Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Average Grade: 1%

Elevation Low Point: 1543

Elevation High Point: 1750

Year Designated: 2009

Date Last Updated: 09/10/2015

 

Contact Information

Trail Management:
Robert Skulsky
Greater Hazleton Area Civic Partnership
Citiscape, 20 West Broad Street
Hazleton , PA 18201 -6418
(570) 455-1509
civic@hazletonchamber.org
http://www.civicpartnership.com/railstotrails.html

 

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