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Hiking and Biking Trails

The River Common

Wilkes-Barre’s newest park is located directly off of River Street and can be accessed from the twelve mile Susquehanna Levee Trail. Concerts, festivals and special events are scheduled throughout the year. The park is within walking distance to downtown and the two area college campuses: King’s College and Wilkes University. Crossing the Market Street Bridge will give you access to one of the access points on the Susquehanna Levee Trail and Kirby Park. Bring your bike or walking shoes for some urban riding and hiking.

Back Mountain Trail, Luzerne

Trailhead at top of Parry Street. Park at Knights of Columbus Hall.

Black Diamond Trail

The Black Diamond Trail is a 10 mile stretch from Middleburg Road near White Haven to Route 437 just below Glen Summit in Mountain Top.  An additional one mile segment begins by the Mountain Top Fire Company on Route 437, just off of Route 309, traveling towards Glen Summit.  Currently, there is approximately  a 1 mile gap that requires riding on the road.  Once in White Haven, you can load up on trail snacks and drinks or stop to eat at one of the restaurants.  Continue riding a few blocks through town to the White Haven Shopping Center to the entrance of the Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail ending in Jim Thorpe, PA, another 26 miles.

Trailhead:  A new trailhead with parking and identifying signage will be located on Route 437.

Back Mountain Trail, Trucksville

Trailhead at Carverton Road and 309.  Park at Trucksville Municipal Building.

Hazleton Rail Trail, Hazle Township

Trailhead at intersection of SR 93 and SR 424

Lackawanna River Heritage Trail

The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail (LRHT) and its companion trail, the Delaware and Hudson Rail-Trail (D&H), form a 70+ mile multi-use trail system along the Lackawanna River from New York State through Susquehanna, Wayne, Lackawanna, and Luzerne counties to the Susquehanna River in Pittston, Pennsylvania.  The trail is popular with walkers, runners, bicyclists, cross country skiers, snowmobilers, and equestrians.

Map with Trailhead Locations

Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail

The Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail has 26 miles of Rails to Trails and begins in White Haven. This scenic trail follows the Leigh River the entire way to Jim Thorpe.

Multiple trailheads: White Haven, Tannery, Rockport, Glen Onoko and JimThorpe.

Frances Slocum State Park

This State Park is five miles from Dallas and 10 miles from Wilkes-Barre. Take Carverton Road to 8th Street to Mt. Olivet Road. This park consist of 1,035 acres and Frances Slocum Lake forms a horseshoe covering 165 acres offers boating, picnicking, fishing, camping, hiking, swimming and biking. Environmental educational programs are offered from March to November.

Mocanaqua Loop Hiking Trails, Shickshinny

Trailhead Rt. 11 to across the Shickshinny Bridge (Route 239). Take the first left.

Moon Lake County Park

Trailhead on Rt. 29

Moon lake offers over 30 miles of hiking and mountain biking trials. Moon lake park has a 30 mile network of single track trails, some smooth some more rocky and technical, there are lots of optional rock overs with go arounds. There is also a trials section called the deacon to test your skills.

Susquehanna River Levee Trail

Paved surface along the Susquehanna River with historical signage. Several trailheads along the trail.

Trailhead in Edwardsville, adjacent to K-mart off Rt. 11

Trailhead in Kingston at Kingston Recreation Center on 3rd Avenue.

Trailhead off Route 11 by Midway Shopping Center in Wyoming.

Trailhead at Willow Street park in South Wilkes-Barre. Park at the park, and cross the street for trail access.

Trailhead  access available off Delaney street in the Breslau area of Hanover Township, just south of the Carey Avenue Bridge.

Trailhead access is available on the east side of Main Street right by Academy Street, where Plymouth has a small outdoor recreation facility.

Susquehanna Warrior Trail

Nestled in the beautiful Susquehanna River Valley, lush with green meadows and surrounding mountain peaks. The trail has easy access for wheelchairs, walkers, hikers, and bikers as constant grade means anyone can enjoy the trail. At 18.5 miles in length, there is enough space for everyone including the casual walker and those that enjoy speed. There are large sycamore tree groves and unique sights like the Search Cemetery on the land that the Susquehanna Indians called home.
Trailheads: Garden Drive-Inn - Shickshinny Park - Union Fish Commission Boat Launch - Susquehanna PP&L Riverlands

 

 

Hiking Trails

The Tubs Nature Park

The Tubs Nature Park is directly off Route 115, approximately four miles from downtown and is open seasonally from May through October.  Continuously flowing water carves out pockets or tubs of water which makes for great hiking and offers a multitude of photo opportunities.  It’s a great place to spend hot summer days where it can easily be 10 degrees cooler.  Also known as “The Tubs” nature and hiking trails, Bear Creek Trailhead off Rte 115 near Northeast Extension (Rt. 476) Entrance.

Ricketts Glen State Park

Located off of Route 118, is home to the challenging Falls Trails named “Best Hike in PA” as part of Backpacker magazine’s Readers Choice Awards. The Falls Trail is located in the Glens Natural Area comprised of 21 free flowing waterfalls ranging from just over 11 feet to its highest resident waterfall of 94 feet; Ganoga Falls.  Falls Trail is 7.2 miles long when doing both the upper and lower sections and is rated as difficult. An easier and shorter route of 3.2 miles is available and allows you to view most of the waterfalls including Ganoga Falls. This trails runs directly alongside the waterfalls, so picture taking is plentiful and the vistas are spectacular.  Well worth the effort. Good hiking shoes are strongly recommended.

Nescopeck State Park

Located in the southern part of Luzerne County and offers 19 miles of hiking trails. The Educational Environmental Center offers many programs throughout the year including free fishing clinics in the spring and summer and free snow shoe rentals in the winter. 

 

 

Wilkes-Barre BikeShare

A new BikeShare program has been launched in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  When you visit Northeast Pennsylvania make sure you stop at the Best Western Genetti Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre and pick up a touring bike.  A current, valid driver's license and credit card must be left with attendant while bike is in use.  A new BikeShare brochure and map is in circulation outlining four suggested preplanned biking routes, including downtown Wilkes-Barre, Kirby and Nesbitt Parks, the River Commons and the Anthracite Trail in Forty Fort.    The BikeShare program is in effect year round (weather permitting) from dawn to dusk.  Bikes must be returned each day.  Helmets are not included but strongly recommended.  Cyclists must be 18 years old.  Ages 16-17 permitted with parent or guardian.  For more information contact Best Western Genetti Hotel and Convention Center at 570-823-6152 or stop by the front desk at 77 East Market Street. 

Wilkes-Barre BikeShare Program PDF