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Luzerne County Hiking and Biking Trails

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 and 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

Back Mountain Trail was originally built by lumber and ice king Albert Lewis of Wyoming Valley 115 years ago and was acquired by the Lehigh Valley Railroad in 1887. The trailheads are located top of Perry Street in Luzerne or the corner of Carverton Road and 309 in Trucksville.

Trailhead:  Park at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Luzerne or at the Trucksville Municipal Building in Trucksville.

Hazleton Rail Trail

Hazleton Rail Trail occupies the former corridor of a railroad line that supported the local coal mining industry. The route is 4 miles and it is best to consider it an 8-mile ride out and back
until the planned trail extensions are complete.

Trailhead:  Located at the intersection of Routes 424 and 93.

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 consists of 1,035 acres.  Frances Slocum Lake forms a horseshoe covering 165 acres and offers boating, picnicking, fishing, camping, hiking, swimming and biking. Environmental educational programs are offered from March to November.

Mocanaqua Tract

Mocanaqua Tract hiking trails has a total of 15 miles of varying hiking terrain from easy to moderately difficult.

Trailhead: Route 11 to the Shickshinny Bridge (Route 239) and take the first left.

Moon Lake - Harveys Creek Tract

Moon Lake - Harveys Creek Tract has approximately 15 miles of moderate single track mountain biking. Moon Lake is located on Route 29 in Hunlock’s Creek.

The River Common

Along the banks of the tranquil Susquehanna River is The River Common Park. Located directly off of River Street, it 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 Wilkes-Barre and the two area college campuses: King’s College and Wilkes University. Crossing the Market Street Bridge from Downtown Wilkes-Barre you can access the Susquehanna Levee Trail and Kirby Park. Bring your bike or walking shoes for some urban riding and hiking.

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 11 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 - Union Fish Commission Boat - Shickshinny ParkSusquehanna Riverlands

 

 

Hiking Trails

Seven Tubs

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.