Lackawanna River Heritage Trail

About

This storied route stretches more than 70 miles, passing through the  heart of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage  Area. The Lackawanna Heritage Valley is located amid the mountains of  Northeastern Pennsylvania where the waters of the Lackawanna River flow.  The trail is an artery that connects more than 30 communities through  Luzerne, Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Wayne County. The trail also  reaches into the heart and soul of the place that is known for its  friendly people, rich cultural traditions, delicious ethnic foods and  magnificent natural resources. The Valley is dotted with vestiges of a  great industrial past, authentic historic sites, beautiful civic,  religious and residential architecture, notable educational institutions  and a special sense of community. This is a place with a unique  personality that sets it apart.

Details

Whether you are here for business, to visit friends and family, for  recreation or rest, we welcome you with the hope that your time here  will draw you back again and again. The trail begins at the river’s confluence with the Susquehanna River at  Duryea and Pittston in Luzerne County. It travels through Lackawanna  County and joins the Delaware and Hudson (D&H) Rail-Trail in  Simpson, managed by the Rail-Trail Council of Northeastern  Pennsylvania . From that point, the D&H Rail-Trail extends north to  the New York State border. The LRHT is a wonderful community asset. Many  people use the trail throughout the year for walking and jogging,  bicycling, enjoying nature, exercising their dog, and fitness  activities. Several sections of the LRHT are open to the public. See  below for information about each trail section’s location, parking, and  amenities. Guidebooks are for Sale at the Visitors Bureau and at the Lackawanna  Heritage Valley’s offices. You can purchase one online at www.LHVA.org or download a copy at  http://www.lhva.org/greenways-trails/lackawanna-river-heritage-trail-guidebook/ Funding LHV works with the National Park Service, Pennsylvania Department of  Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Department of  Transportation, Lackawanna County, the Lackawanna River Corridor  Association, and the Rail-Trail Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania to  develop the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. Events on the LRHT There are several events that use the LRHT throughout the year. Almost  every weekend you can guarantee a 5K somewhere along the trail. Events  like the Scranton Half Marathon, the Heritage Explorer Bike Tour,  Steamtown Marathon, Riverfest, and the Great NEPA Clean-Up all use the  Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. LHV encourages organizations to use  open sections of the trail for events such as runs/walks, races, group  bike rides, trail and river clean-ups, and activities on the Lackawanna  River. If you are planning an event on the trail, please contact Stephanie  Milewski, LHV Trail Manager and Environmental Program Officer, at (570)  963-6730 ext. 8203, or smilewski@LHVA.orgto discuss your event. Every  event must submit a completed packet of materials to register.

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