SUSQUEHANNA RIVER LEVEE TRAILS:

KINGSTON/WILKES-BARRE, PENNSYLVANIA

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Last Updated:       August 3, 2014

Length:                 Riverside Ramble/Wilkes-Barre/Hanover Reach; 4.8 miles

                              Anthracite Heritage Walk/Kingston Reach; 3.6 miles

                              First Residents Path/Forty Fort Reach; 2.7 miles

                              Plymouth Passage/Plymouth Reach: 1.8 miles

Difficulty:             Easy. Flat paved trail. 

Directions:     

Riverside Ramble/Wilkes-Barre/Hanover Reach: To start from the N Street Bridge; From I-81 take exit 170 to the N Cross Valley Expressway. Take exit 3 to River St and turn left. Park on-street downtown or use the parking garage next to the N Street bridge. There are also many areas to park for free near the southern end of the trail.

Anthracite Heritage Walk/Kingston Reach: To Start from the Church Street parking lot; From I-81 take exit 170 to the N Cross Valley Expressway. Cross the river and take exit 4 to Rutler Ave. Turn left and travel to Church St. Turn left, then left again into the parking lot.   

 First Residentís Path/Forty Fort Reach: To start from the Wyoming Ave parking lot; From I-81 take exit 170 to the N Cross Valley Expressway. Cross the river and take exit 4 to Rutler Ave. Follow Rutler Ave to River St and turn left. Follow River St to Wyoming Ave and turn right. Follow Wyoming Ave for 1.8 miles and turn right along a road next to the Levee to a parking lot.

The Susquehanna River Levee Trail is a recreational trail atop the Levee system that protects the towns along both banks of the Susquehanna River. Pedestrian paths located on several bridges provide access between the two sides of the river. The Susquehanna River Levee Trail system includes engineering and heritage kiosks designed by the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. I've traveled along three of the four trails and describe them below. For more information visit; THE RIVER COMMON

The Trail System is comprised of four different reaches on both the East and West sides of the river. The four reaches of the Levee Trail are:

1. Riverside Ramble/Wilkes-Barre & Hanover Reach in Wilkes-Barre & Hanover Township. [East side of river]

2. Plymouth Passage/Plymouth Reach in Plymouth. [West side of river/Western section]

3. Anthracite Heritage Walk/Kingston Reach in Kingston & Edwardsville. [West side of river/Central section]

4. First Residentís Path/Forty Fort Reach in Forty Fort & Wyoming. [West side of river/Eastern section]

Riverside Ramble/Wilkes-Barre/Hanover Reach:

Starting from the N Street Bridge in Wilkes-Barre; The paved trail currently starts just behind the Luzerne County Courthouse. The trail travels southwest between the Levee wall and the Susquehanna River. The trail splits as you come to a promenade along the Riverwalk. You may go either way. At 0.3 miles an opening in the Levee wall allows access to N River St, the Market Street Bridge and a trail atop the Levee.

Note; A 0.3 mile pedestrian path along this bridge allows you to cross the river to check out the Anthracite Heritage Walk/Kingston Reach section of trail.

Continue straight underneath the Market Street Bridge to another promenade along the river. You'll need to exit through another breach in the Levee wall out to S River St and continue right up to the top of the Levee. Head left where the trail then leaves the Levee and brings you to an on-road section at S West St after 0.8 miles. Head right, then left along W River St. Beautiful old buildings as you travel through Wilkes University. Turn right and follow Riverside Dr next to the Levee wall along this residential road. Just before Riverside Dr reaches Pickering St you'll find an opening to rejoin the paved trail atop the Levee at 1.6 miles. A 0 mile marker starts here and every 1/4 mile is painted on the trail. The trail now follows the Levee underneath a RR trestle that crosses over the river before heading up a slight incline with views along both sides of the Levee. The flood plain along your right and residential to your left. Watch out for the Levee markers sticking up in the middle of the trail. At 2.4 miles you'll find a spur down to the Gordon Ave parking area. Informational signboards are located all along the trail. Another spur down to the Willow Street parking area at 2.8 miles. You'll come to the Carey Ave Bridge at 3.1 miles.

Note; A pedestrian path along this bridge allows you to cross the river to check out the Plymouth Passage/Plymouth Reach section of trail.

Bear right to travel underneath this bridge. Another spur down to the Delaney Street parking lot, as well as, a boat launch area. Travel past the Hanover Township Sewage Treatment Plant where the trail becomes a bit more isolated before ending after 4.8 miles. Solomon Creek & RR tracks are just below a large hill where the Levee ends. 

Anthracite Heritage Walk/Kingston Reach:

Starting from the Church Street parking lot in Kingston; An informational sign board is located here along with a couple of benches. Informational signs are scattered all along the trail.

Note; To access the First Residentís Path/Forty Fort Reach you'll need to utilize an 0.9 mile On-Street connection. Travel out to the intersection of Church St and Rutter Ave and use the cross-walk to reach a sidewalk over Rutter Ave. Turn right and travel alongside Rutter Ave over the N Cross Valley Expressway. Continue straight via the cross-walk, then head right across Welles St continuing alongside Rutter Ave. Turn left down River St and you'll pick up the trailhead on your right.

From the Church St parking lot travel southeast atop the paved Levee Trail you'll have wetlands along your left and residential to your right. The trail then turns southwest as you come along the Susquehanna River. This is a more industrial area. Travel underneath a RR bridge and above Nesbitt Park which is located in the flood plain. At 1.2 miles you'll need to veer left down into this park to travel underneath the N Street Bridge.

Note; Straight brings you out to Pierce St and the N Street Bridge which does not have pedestrian access.

The trail then returns to the top of the Levee with the park below. At 1.6 miles you'll need to veer left down into this park to travel underneath the Market Street Bridge.

Note; A 0.3 mile pedestrian path along this bridge allows you to cross the river to check out the Riverside Ramble/Wilkes-Barre/Hanover Reach section of trail.

The trail then heads more inland out of sight of the river and past wooded Kirby Park on your left and Ralston Field to your right. A spur leads down to these fields at 2.4 miles. Cross the RR tracks, pass by another spur down to Heisz St and come to S Wyoming Ave at 3 miles. Turn left to reach a cross-light over this busy road, then right back to the Levee trail. This section of trail passes through a commercial area with Toby Creek along your left. Another spur leads down to a parking area behind Lowes. The trail then currently ends at Main St after 3.6 miles.   

First Residentís Path/Forty Fort Reach:

Starting from the Wyoming Ave parking lot; A paved path leads up to the top of the Levee where you'll find some informational signs and Mile 0 painted on the asphalt. It's 0.1 miles from the parking lot to the Mile 0 marker. All my mile references are starting from the parking lot.

Note; Heading left the trail passes by a map board, then brings you out to Wyoming Ave after only 0.1 miles before ending. 

The open trail travels along the Levee past fields and the end of the runway for the Wilkes-Barre Wyoming Valley Airport before coming to the Susquehanna River after 0.3 miles. Informational signs located along the trail. Here the trail turns west traveling above the river and runway. Mile markers painted every 1/4 mile on the asphalt. Pass by a spur trail on your right at 1.4 miles that leads to another parking lot and ball fields. Porto-Potty and picnic tables located there. Travel alongside a tall barrier at 2.2 miles that separates you from homes. The trail then ends at River St after 2.6 miles. Map board located here. 

Note; To access the Anthracite Heritage Walk/Kingston Reach you'll need to utilize an 0.9 mile On-Street connection. Travel left on-road along River St. Turn right on Rutter Ave and follow over the N Cross Valley Expressway. Turn left on Church St and you'll spot the Church Street parking lot across the street. Trail picks back up here.

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