Back Mountain Trail

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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 routed to urban markets and steel mills from the Endless Mountains and Susquehanna River Basin well into the 1940s. The corridor fell into disuse in 1963.

In 1996 the Anthracite Scenic Trails Association acquired easements and recorded deeds with Luzerne County for public use of the corridor. Eventually, 14 miles will be developed from Riverfront Park on the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre to Harvey's Lake, bringing back memories and supporting a new mode of travel in the region.

Today you'll find a 4.5-mile trail that cuts through scenic woodlands, complete with a meandering creek, a pretty waterfall and open fields of flowers. Sections of the trail run close to the highway but don't compromise the feeling of getting away from it all.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the Back Mountain Trail from I-81, take Exit 170 onto State Route 309 North. Take Exit 5/6 and drive north on Main Street to a four-way stop sign. Continue straight ahead onto Parry Street. There's parking at the Knights of Columbus lot. Walk up to the Gateway to the Back Mountain Trailhead.



   April, 2014 by pamike

My 8 year old son and I biked this trail just today. Maybe I am spoiled but I thought the trail was close to the highway and way to loud for me to enjoy. I prefer the trails along the Lehigh way better. I also will note that if you are taking a youngster more

For being so close to town, it is great!

   January, 2014 by dgregory57

I walk this trail with a Meetup group frequently in all seasons and weather conditions from the Knights of Columbus parking lot to the water fall and back, which makes for a nice 2 mile walk (round trip). I have walked all the way to the stairs at Trucksville, more

Nice Ride and picked up some geocahes

   May, 2013 by dnnyedy

It's a nice but could use a little maintenance. Couple places the roots, old rail ties made it rough enough I thought it better to walk the bike though. I should have counted those steps at Trucksville. whew! Point of information: There is about a 500' more