Almost 21 years ago, US Route 6 in Pennsylvania was dedicated as a National Recreational Trail by the National Park Service of the US Department of Interior. Named as the Grand Army of the Republic Highway, the roadway was celebrated for its scenic beauty as well as its historical significance.

Officially dedicated as part of the National Trail System in July 1994, US Route 6 in Pennsylvania was cited for providing a variety of outdoor recreation and being easily accessible from major urban areas such as New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo.

Today US Route is also a Pennsylvania Heritage Area known for telling the story of transporting natural resources across the state and country as well as a connector to historical, cultural and recreational sites. In fact, within the PA Route 6 Corridor, there are: 19 state parks, 7 state forests, and one national forest-the Allegheny National Forest.

Travelers across Route 6 will find an abundance of trail systems for hiking, biking, horseback riding and motorized recreation. The trails often tell the local history in places, like the old railroad bed that is now the Pine Creek Rail-Trail, which was voted on of the top 10 places to take a bike tour in the world by USA Today readers, and the Lackawanna Heritage Trail, a fifty mile, multi-use trail that follows the Lackawanna River and links the communities in the Scranton area.

PA Route 6 also offers access to some of the best water trails for canoeing and kayaking. The North Branch of the Susquehanna River Trail is visible from Route 6 and several towns along Route 6 have access points including Tunkhannock, Laceyville and Towanda. Another favorite is the Conewango Creek Water Trail, with access points around the city of Warren. Conewango Creek was named 2015 PA River of the Year.

The PA Route 6 Alliance encourages travelers to get out of their cars as they travel the highway and take advantage of the trail systems that are accessible along the heritage corridor. Take a hike or a sojourn down on the one of the following trails: Trails are listed by county heading west to east.



Read past Monthly Features:

April 2015 - The Real Artisans of PA Route 6

March 2015 - Maple Month

February 2015 - Washington and Lincoln Connections