LACKAWANNA RIVER HERITAGE TRAIL:

DOWNTOWN SCRANTON RIVERWALK/CENTRAL NJ RR SECTIONS;

SCRANTON LEVEE TRAIL;

SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA

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Last Updated:      August 2, 2014

Length:                Downtown Scranton Riverwalk; 0.8 miles 

                              Central NJ RR Section; 2.9 miles

                              Scranton Levee Trail; 3 miles

Difficulty:            Downtown Scranton Riverwalk/Central NJ RR Sections; Easy. Flat paved rail trail along the Scranton Riverwalk. Stone-dust & a paved section along the Central NJ RR Section.

                              Scranton Levee Trail; Moderate. Flat, hard packed dirt and grass trail atop the levee.

Directions:  

From I-81 take exit 185 to the Central Scranton Expressway. Take the Scranton Iron Furnace Park exit to Cedar Ave and turn right across Roaring Brook. Turn left on Mattes Ave/Hickory St and follow to S Washington Ave.

To start from the 7th Ave parking lot; Cross S Washington Ave onto Hickory St and cross the river. Turn right on Emmett St then right on Railroad Ave/Scranton St/7th Ave. The parking lot will be on your right (the trail travels through it).

To start from the W Elm St parking lot; Turn left onto S Washington Ave, then right at E Elm St. Cross the river and turn left into a small parking area.  

To start from the Depot St parking lot; From I-81 northbound take exit 182 to Montage Mt Rd and turn left. Cross over I-81 and continue straight along Davis St. From I-81 southbound take exit 182B to Davis St and head right. Follow Davis St to Main St and turn right. Travel 0.2 miles and turn right on Depot St (May not be marked. Just past a large white building). Cross the RR tracks and continue along the dirt road to a gravel 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 the trail follows the former rail bed of the Central NJ RR. See; Lackawanna River Heritage Trail; Jermyn-Peckville & Lackawanna River Heritage Trail; Carbondale-Mayfield . For more information visit; LACKAWANNA RIVER HERITAGE TRAIL , D & H RAIL TRAIL , O & W TRAIL & RAIL TRAILS of NE PA .

Starting from the Depot Street parking lot; Heading north along the Central NJ RR section you cross Keyser Creek via an old double tracked RR bridge to a wide, open paved trail. Check out all the River Birch trees along the trail. The Lackawanna River parallels the trail along your right. A gravel jogging path accompanies the trail. Come to a large turtle sculpture where a gravel trail spurs out along the river to your right at 0.3 miles. Next you'll pass a large open area with a fish sculpture and granite Amphitheater before the trail becomes more shaded. Hold your nose as you pass by the sewage treatment plant located across the river. At 1.2 miles spot a large brick building across the river and an old RR bridge over the river. The trail travels high above the river before opening up as you follow the power lines. Pass by the Elm Street parking lot and cross Elm St at 2 miles.

Note; Starting April 11, a section of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail between 7th Avenue and Elm Street in Scranton will be closed while crews resurface the pathway with an asphalt base.

 Informational sign located here. Continuing north the trail utilizes stone-dust. The Lackawanna River is along your right and a small embankment to your left. You'll pass by the South Side Sports Complex and an informational board before crossing Broadway St at 2.4  miles. The trail travels through a "green corridor" above the river with RR tracks across the river. Above the hill past the RR tracks is the STEAMTOWN NHS . Pass through the 7th Ave parking lot at 2.9 miles and come to the paved Downtown Scranton Riverwalk section. This open trail travels underneath a RR bridge, then down underneath Lackawanna Ave and alongside the river. Up above to your left is the grand old Central NJ RR Freight Station. The trail briefly returns to stone-dust. Travel underneath the W Linden St and N Scranton Expressway bridges before coming to a spur trail on your left at 3.5 miles. 

Note; This is the 0.3 mile Scranton HS Spur Trail

The trail then crosses over the Scranton Levee and ends at Olive St after 3.7 miles. You may continue your trek north along the earthen Scranton Levee Trail that travels atop the Levee system. See below.

Scranton Levee Trail:

Starting from Olive Street; A path leads up to the top of the Levee where you'll head north along a dirt and grass trail. This open trail travels above the west bank of the river along your right and a commercial/industrial corridor to your left. After 0.4 miles the trail briefly improves to a hard packed gravel surface before crossing W Poplar Ave at 0.6 miles. The trail returns to dirt and grass bringing you to Albright Ave at 0.9 miles. 

Note; The trail continues straight atop the Levee but ends after 1.3 miles at Diamond Ave.

You'll need to turn right on Albright Ave and cross the river. Continue left and a path will bring you back atop the Levee where you travel along the east bank of the river. This was as far as I traveled. The dirt and grass trail continues along a residential corridor out to Green Ridge St. Caution; No Crosswalk. Rejoin the trail atop the Levee along a mostly commercial corridor before coming to E Market St. Turn left to cross the river again. Pick up the trail just below the stairs on your right. This section travels through the woods, pulls away from the river and ends at Dean St. I'm guessing the total distance to be around 3 miles

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