Benton, Pennsylvania (PA) Trails & Maps

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  • Back Mountain Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 5 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Back Mountain Trail, originally built by lumber and ice king Albert Lewis of Wyoming Valley 115 years ago, was acquired by the Lehigh Valley Railroad in 1887. Lumber, ice, leather goods and anthracite coal were milled, tanned, mined and ...
  • Bear Hole Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 5.3 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Swatara Creek runs through the vast woodlands of Swatara State Park in eastern Pennsylvania. Bear Hole Trail traces the eastern side of the waterway, while the Swatara Rail-Trail runs along the other bank. Together, they form a 20-mile loop, ...
  • Big Woods Trail-formerly Yelenoc Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 0 miles
    Surface:

    In Berks County, feasibility work has been started to design a trail section that will connect French Creek State Park to the Schuylkill River Trail. This is part of a Concept Plan for a trail called The Big Woods Trail that will connect the ...
  • Bloomsburg Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Bloomsburg Rail-Trail runs for a short distance along the former rail bed on the northwest side of town. Following the east bank of Fishing Creek, the trail stretches between Millville Road just south of I-80 and Railroad Street near where ...
  • Blue Marsh Lake Multi-Use Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 29.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

    The Blue Marsh Lake Multi-Use Trail loops around a manmade reservoir just outside of Reading in southeastern Pennsylvania. The trail has a mixture of surfaces (hard-packed dirt, grass, gravel and abandoned roads) with some single-tracking and ...
  • Buckwha Creek Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 4.5 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Buckwha Creek Trail is a 4.5 mile rail-trail that is equally in Monroe Co. and Carbon Co. The eastern part of the trail, in Monroe Co. is owned by Eldred Township and is maintained by the Kunkletown Rod and Gun Club and is in fairly good ...
  • Buffalo Flat Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt

  • Buffalo Valley Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    As of autumn 2011, 9 miles of the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail are complete. The trail runs between Lewisburg and Mifflinburg, and interpretive signs relate the region's history. The trail is mostly paved at both ends but the middle section has ...
  • Conservancy Narrow Gauge Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 2.1 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    Located at 2,100 feet and next to the Loyalsock State Forest in northeast Pennsylvania, this trail in the small town of Eagles Mere has a rich history. In 1892 the Eagles Mere eight-mile narrow gauge railroad was built to Sonestown where it ...
  • Countryside Conservancy Trolley Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Grass

    From the Country side Conservancy: "Countryside Conservancy has completed a feasibility study on developing the Trolley Trail between Clarks Summit and Factoryville. This right-of-way is already being used in places by neighbors who know it ...
  • D & L Trail - Black Diamond Trail (Mountain Top-White Haven)

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 9.2 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    NOTE: This section of the Delaware and Lehigh (D & L) National Heritage Corridor is now open, but there is a short gap in the trail at Glen Summit pending private property access. Trail users are advised to use the Black Diamond Trailhead to ...
  • D & L Trail - Lehigh Canal North

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 7.7 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt

    Josiah White, a famous entrepreneur and innovator, built the Lehigh Canal to transport anthracite coal the 46 miles from Mauch Chunk to Easton. There, the coal barges entered the Delaware Canal to complete their journey to Philadelphia. An ambitious ...
  • D & L Trail - Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 25.7 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    When coal was discovered in Summit Hill in the late 1700s, a rush of development ensued in the Lehigh Valley. Josiah White and the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company constructed a series of dams and canals in the early 1800s to move coal to ...
  • D & L Trail - Walnutport to Weissport

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 13.9 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone

    This trail is a combination of canal towpath and rail-trail. On the east side of the Lehigh River, the trail follows the earthen canal towpath. On the west side of the river, the trail follows a rail-trail of crushed stone, between Slatington ...
  • George B. Will Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 5.6 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Grass

    The George B. Will Trail in Tiadaghton State Forest is named for an early 20th-century Pennsylvania forest ranger. The trail is popular with cross-country skiers and travels through a mixed-pine forest. The loop trail is wide and flat, perfect ...
  • Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Like so many trails in this area, the Great Hazleton Rails to Trails occupies the former corridor of a railroad line that supported the local coal mining industry. After a half century of disuse, the local community has turned the corridor into ...
  • Iron Horse Trail (PA)

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 10 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt

    The Iron Horse Trail follows two abandoned rail beds: the Path Valley Railroad and the Perry Lumber Company Railroad. Originally, the Path Valley Railroad was going to be an extension for the Newport and Shermans Valley Railroad and would end ...
  • Iroquois Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 1.8 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Iroquois Trail is scenic and remote, stretching about 2 miles through Tunkhannock, a gateway community to the Endless Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania. The rail-trail follows the route of the Lehigh Valley Railroad's Montrose Branch, ...
  • J. Manley Robbins Trail, aka Robbins Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 2.8 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    J. Manley Robbins Trail is a short trail with a long history. Quite possibly it is the oldest documented rail-trail in the country. The trail leads through a beautiful deciduous forest high above the Mahoning Creek. It is barely 1 mile long ...
  • JFK Walking Trail - Pottsville Bike Path & Jogging Area

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 0.82 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The JFK Walking Trail is a hidden gem created to be part of the Pottsville Community flagship recreation complex. The paved trail is located behind the tennis courts and pool. A stylish sign complete with picket fence marks the entry way to ...
  • Lackawanna River Heritage Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 17.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The multi-use Lackawanna River Heritage Trail (LRHT) follows Pennsylvania's Lackawanna River and, when complete, will be more than 70 miles. The trail begins at the confluence of the Lackawanna and Susquehanna rivers in Pittston, southwest of ...
  • Lehigh and New England Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 2.7 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt

    The beautiful Lehigh and New England trail is a short, crushed stone trail that follows a section of the former Lehigh and New England Railroad corridor. A lush tree canopy separates the trail from nearby State Highway 309. Detailed signage ...
  • Luzerne County National Recreation Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 1.8 miles
    Surface: Cinder, Concrete, Gravel

    Tracing about two miles of riverfront today, this trail eventually will form a 16-mile pathway along an active railway. Chain link fencing separates the tracks from the trail. In downtown Pittston, the flat rail-trail intersects with a path ...
  • Lycoming Creek Bikeway

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 5.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    In a pretty valley between the West Branch of the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain, the Lycoming Creek Bikeway is a fitting hometown asset. Tourists are not flocking to it, but the local folks have embraced it for their walks, morning ...
  • Lykens Valley Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 9.2 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Lykens Valley Rail Trail is nearly half-way complete with 9 miles of trail open out of 20 miles planned. Those 9 miles are available in three disconnected segments. In Millersburg, a 0.4-mile segment of trail runs north-south between the Susquehanna ...
  • Old Tram Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 1.8 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

    Lumber mills frequently set up tram cars running on a set of tracks to carry cut timbers from the steep hillsides. The Old Tram Trail is exactly that and has become a short bit of single track to challenge mountain bikers as well as hikers. ...
  • Penobscot Ridge Mountain Bike Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass

    The Penobscot Ridge Mountain Bike Area encompasses the large reclaimed areas of land to the south of Wanamie and the conservation lands of Penobscot Ridge. The combination of existing trails on the site, interesting vegetation, open fields, ...
  • Pine Creek Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 61.2 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    One of the premier rail-trails in the Northeast, the Pine Creek Trail in Pine Creek Gorge offers travelers a spectacular 62-mile journey through the area commonly referred to as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. With numerous trailheads, comfort ...
  • Schuylkill River Trail - Bartram Trail Section

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 8.4 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    The John Bartram Trail (a.k.a. Bartram Trail) is simply one section of the very involved Schuylkill River Trail, which is being developed in sections as funds and capacity permit. Currently 9.6 miles of the Bartram Trail is open. There are two ...
  • Schuylkill Valley Heritage Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 7.3 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    The Schuylkill Valley Heritage Trail passes through the rolling green hills of the Schuylkill River Valley, from just outside of Tamaqua to Middleport. The trail runs immediately adjacent to US Highway 209 and was originally intended to be part ...
  • Sentiero di Shay

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 13.4 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Grass

    Primarily a cross-country ski route, this 13.4 mile trail can also be enjoyed for hiking. A must for exciting runs in the winter time the Sentiero Di Shay can also provide an exciting mountain bike adventure. The trail winds down, around and ...
  • Slate Heritage Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 3.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Slate Heritage Trail is built on the former Lehigh Valley Railroad, which opened in 1874 and transported slate products from quarries in northern Lehigh County to Slatington to connect with the railroad's main line. Trail-goers can learn ...
  • Stony Valley Railroad Grade

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 21.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    Originally named St. Anthony's Wilderness by Moravian missionaries who arrived in the colony in 1742 to convert Native tribes, the Stony Creek Valley became the site of five bustling towns after discovery of coal in 1824. The Schuylkill & Susquehanna ...
  • Susquehanna River Walk & Timber Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 4.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Susquehanna River Walk follows the north and south shores of the river's West Branch, including two bridge crossings at Market Street and Maynard Street. The route, much of which was built on top of levees, provides an important connection ...
  • Susquehanna Warrior Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 10.8 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    This Susquehanna Warrior Trail is nestled in the beautiful Susquehanna River Valley, lush with green meadows and surrounding mountain peaks. Eventually the trail will cover 18.5 miles, but now it totals about 10 miles in loosely connected sections. ...
  • Susquehannock Trail System

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 30 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    Located in scenic Potter and Clinton Counties, the Susquehannock Hiking Trail is an 85-mile amalgamation of old Civilian Conservation Corps fire trails, logging roads and railroad grades through the Susquehannock State Forest. Isolated and pristine, ...
  • Swatara Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 10 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The discovery of anthracite coal in the Tremont area of Pennsylvania shaped commerce and development well into the 1800s. The Union Canal was constructed in the 1820s to connect the Schuylkill and Susquehanna rivers and improve transport of ...
  • Switchback Railroad Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 18 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

    When it began operating, the Switchback Railroad was the second railroad in America and the first in Pennsylvania. Built to haul coal from the Summit Mine to the Lehigh Canal, the railroad evolved from a gravity-powered system (The Down Track) ...
  • Walnut Street Bridge

    Rail-Trail

    State: PA
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface:

    Ever since the 1993 flood waters of the Suquehanna River destroyed the western half of this bridge the Harrisburg communnity has been trying to rebuild it. The eastern half of the bridge has been opened and maintained as a part of the Capitol ...
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