LUZERNE COUNTY RAIL TRAIL:
PITTSTON-PORT GRIFFITH, PENNSYLVANIA
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Last Updated: April 20, 2012
Length: Luzerne County Rail Trail; 1.9 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Flat stone-dust rail trail.
From I-81 south take exit 178B to Route 315 southwest. Take your first right onto Main St, then a left on Pittston Ave (Route 11). Follow Route 11 into Pittston. Cross Main St and turn left on Kennedy Blvd.
To Start from Pittston; When you reach Market St on your left, Turn Right and head straight through a parking lot. At the rivers edge will be a small parking lot to your left and access down to the trail.
To Start from Port Griffith; Continue south on Kennedy Blvd, then S Main St. Bear right at the fork onto Plank St/Main St and continue south. The parking lot entrance is tricky. Look for Begosh Alley on your left followed by Gaughan St on your right. You'll pass a row of houses. After the last house, but Before you cross over the RR tracks, turn right on a dirt road. It looks like a private drive (with no trespassing signs all around) but its not. This will bring you to the parking area for the trailhead.
The Luzerne County Rail Trail follows alongside active RR tracks and the Susquehanna River from Port Griffith north to Pittston. Future plans call for a 16 mile trail to be completed. Future plans call for connecting the northern end of the trail to the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail in Scranton.
Starting from Port Griffith; An informational board is located here.
Note; Heading left the trail ends after only 0.1 mile below the Main St bridge.
Heading right the stone-dust trail travels north alongside an active RR separated by a fence. The Susquehanna River is just past the RR tracks. Mile markers are located along your right every 0.1 mile. A large cliff soon rises along the right side of the trail. At 0.4 miles there will be an opening in the fence where you may cross the RR tracks to view a memorial marking the Knox Mine Disaster, where 12 miners were killed in 1959. Another 0.1 miles on your right is a marker indicating where 33 miners escaped using the Eagle Air Shaft. After 1.4 miles you'll come to another informational board and a spur up to the Pittston parking area. Continue straight to a cement Riverwalk that crosses the RR tracks and travels alongside the river. Benches, sculpture along the Riverwalk. Pass underneath the Water Street bridge and the cement trail ends. Steps lead up to Kennedy Blvd and a small firefighter memorial. The hard packed trail continues left down along the river or straight along a dirt road. The trail ends just below the Fort Jenkins Bridge after 1.8 miles. Nice view upstream of a RR trestle crossing the river.
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