LACKAWANNA RIVER HERITAGE TRAIL:
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Last Updated: August 2, 2014
Length: Jermyn-Peckville; 5.2 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Flat stone-dust/paved rail trail.
From Route 6 take exit 3 to Route 247 and travel north. Follow Route 247 and cross the river. Turn right into the parking lot.
The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail is a multi-purpose trail that follows the Lackawanna River for forty miles in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The trail begins at the riverís confluence with the Susquehanna River at Duryea and Pittston in Luzerne County. It travels through Lackawanna County and joins the Delaware and Hudson Rail Trail in Simpson, where the O & W Trail also begins. Both trails continue north to the NY border. The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail currently consists of three completed sections. This section of trail follows the former rail bed of the O & W Railroad. See; Lackawanna River Heritage Trail; Carbondale-Mayfield & Lackawanna River Heritage Trail; Scranton . For more information visit; LACKAWANNA RIVER HERITAGE TRAIL , D & H RAIL TRAIL , O & W TRAIL & RAIL TRAILS of NE PA .
Starting from Peckville; A map board is located at the parking lot entrance. Travel north along the stone-dust trail alongside the Lackawanna River. The trail soon runs alongside Main St before crossing Bridge St and heading away from town traveling through open fields before entering the woods. The trail briefly bypasses the old rail bed then passes by an old stone abutment. Just shy of 1.5 miles you come to Winton Rd. Another map board located here. Turn right for a short on-road section. Cross over the river and follow River St left before you pick up the stone-dust trail again after 0.3 miles. The trail now follows an old road bed with active RR tracks up to the right and the river on your left. Isolated. Pass a small pond before you come to the Laurel Street parking lot after 2.3 miles. Another map board as well. The wide paved trail continues left alongside the river before returning you to Laurel St at 2.5 miles. Head left along a sidewalk past more parking spots. Pass by Maslar Memorial Park and more parking. A crosswalk takes you over Monroe St where the trail continues along the sidewalk (if biking you may wish to ride on-road as their is more room and low traffic). Another crosswalk over Wayne St followed by Gilmartin St. Head left along Gilmartin St and you'll return to the paved trail on your right at 3.2 miles. Here the wide, paved trail travels alongside the river. After 4.2 miles the trail shares a town road for the sewer plant. This is a low traffic road that travels between the river and RR tracks. Come to the Delaware Street parking lot in Jermyn after 5.2 miles. A gap currently exists between the next section in Mayfield. See; Lackawanna River Heritage Trail; Carbondale-Mayfield .
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