Back Mountain, PA Hiking Trails and Maps

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Back Mountain Trail

5.6 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Bloomsburg Rail-Trail

1.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Gravel

D&H Rail Trail

38 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt

D&L Trail

142.2 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Endless Mountain Riding Trail

9.2 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Dirt

Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails

5.6 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Iroquois Trail

1.8 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

J. Manley Robbins Trail

2.5 mi
State: PA
Grass, Gravel

Lackawanna River Heritage Trail

17.9 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Lehigh and New England Trail

2.7 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Luzerne County Levee Trail

12.8 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Luzerne County National Recreation Trail

1.8 mi
State: PA
Cinder, Concrete, Gravel

O&W Trail - PA

8 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Gravel

Roaring Creek Watershed

8 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Gravel

Schuylkill River Trail

71.7 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Schuylkill Valley Heritage Trail

7.3 mi
State: PA
Dirt, Gravel

Slate Heritage Trail

3.3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Susquehanna Bikeway

3.2 mi
State: PA
Asphalt
Accordion

Susquehanna Warrior Trail

12.3 mi
State: PA
Crushed Stone

Switchback Railroad Trail

18 mi
State: PA
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Trolley Trail (PA)

4.7 mi
State: PA
Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Wilkes-Barre and Harveys Lake Railroad—the rail corridor that is now the Back Mountain Trail—was acquired from lumber magnate Albert Lewis by the Lehigh Valley Railroad in 1887. Lumber, ice,...
PA 5.6 mi Crushed Stone
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...
PA 1.5 mi Asphalt, Gravel
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...
PA 2.1 mi Dirt
The 38-mile D&H Rail-Trail traces the former corridor of the Delaware & Hudson Railway, a line that primarily carried anthracite coal out of the Lackawanna Valley in the second half of the 19th...
PA 38 mi Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt
Note: This developing route is not yet fully contiguous; please refer to the interactive maps on the websites in the Related Content section.  The D&L Trail runs for more than 140 miles through...
PA 142.2 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
The local riding club enjoyed this former rail line, which was purchased in 1944 for a dollar from the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, as a bridle trail for many years. It changed management...
PA 9.2 mi Ballast, Dirt
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...
PA 5.6 mi 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...
PA 1.8 mi Crushed Stone
Although the J. Manley Robbins Trail spans only 2.5 miles, its rich history and natural beauty make a stop in the rural Pennsylvania borough of Danville worthwhile. The rustic trail—forming a loop of...
PA 2.5 mi Grass, Gravel
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...
PA 0.82 mi Asphalt
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...
PA 17.9 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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 just south of Tamaqua in eastern Pennsylvania....
PA 2.7 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
The history of Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Valley is tied to the mighty Susquehanna River. From American Indian cultures and early European settlers to the cities that line the river’s shores today, people...
PA 12.8 mi Asphalt
Tracing nearly two miles of riverfront, the Luzerne County National Recreation Trail (also known as the Luzerne County Rail Trail) will eventually form a 16-mile pathway along an active railway. Chain...
PA 1.8 mi Cinder, Concrete, Gravel
There are two trails named the O&W: one in New York and this one in Pennsylvania. Although the trail stretches 32 miles (as shown on the map), only the first 8 miles of trail (from Simpson to...
PA 8 mi Dirt, Gravel
This lovely, relatively flat dirt path runs through the Roaring Creek Tract of the Weiser State Forest. Here, the south tributary of Roaring Creek cuts through the forest, pooling into three large...
PA 8 mi Dirt, Gravel
At one time an important thoroughfare for commerce carried by canal barges and railroad cars in southeastern Pennsylvania, the Schuylkill River corridor now accommodates walkers, bicyclists, and...
PA 71.7 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, 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...
PA 7.3 mi Dirt, Gravel
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...
PA 3.3 mi Asphalt
The Susquehanna Bikeway offers more just over 3 miles of pathway connecting the north-central Pennsylvania communities of Williamsport, Loyalsock Township, and Montoursville. On its west end, the...
PA 3.2 mi Asphalt
Accordion
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...
PA 12.3 mi Crushed Stone
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...
PA 18 mi Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
The Trolley Trail uses a former interurban line to link several communities north of Scranton. The trail comprises two disconnected sections that total 4.7 miles, although the nonprofit Countryside...
PA 4.7 mi Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

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Recent Trail Reviews

D&L Trail

whitehaven to Jim Thorpe

September, 2020 by mristine1

Exquisite ride. Bring the whole family. Excellent packed gravel trail. We went north to south so really no uphill grades makes it sweet for the little ones. So much to see. Wildlife, history, waterfalls, trains, you really can’t beat it.

Slate Heritage Trail

Largely washed out

September, 2020 by johnfh1

This trail has extreme damage at the west end (Slatedale) as of Sept. 2020. Coming out of Slatington it is fine for the first mile or so, but when you get to the Turnpike overhead bridge, the trail surface is large rough stone. Looks like it was never restored after the construction work was completed. Beyond that, it is Ok for about half a mile, then the packed fines have washed away in many places. some people are using the grass shoulder to get around this, but that can be very soft if there have been rains. Not worth the effort to go west of the Turnpike bridge until repaired.

Susquehanna Bikeway

Nice, “effective” bike trail

September, 2020 by Joshua Brock

First I was torn welcher her to give this trail a 3 or a 4. This is a really great trail to hook up Montoursville to the trails of Williamsport and for the most part, keep you away from car traffic. There are some scenic sections, for instance from Indian Park, along side and crossing over Loyalsock Creek. However to me it really stands out as a great commuter trail to get you into the more scene in portions along the West Branch of the Susquehanna. As it runs along some of the busier highways, again keeping you separate from traffic, it has a lot of traffic noise. Once it crosses the Creek and follows a bike lane (unprotected) along Old Montoursville Road, near the Motel 6, the bike lane is drawn on the left side so it appears bike traffic in both directions is to be on the one side. Then in front of “Club Fred”, there is a dangerous crossing of the lane to the right side...it’s right as the Canfield Lane curves up from the plant below it. My recommendation...once you pass the Litho business near Motel 6, stay on the righthand side. Once you hit Greevey Road things quiet down a bit and defined bike lanes are on eithe side of the road. This portion is where it gets scenic passing farm fields before hitting Riverfront Park. It’s an easy to follow, well marked trail. I gave it a 3 vs a 4 as it lacks what most bike/rail-trails offer with a bit more scenery and quiet. I do recommend this as part of the connecting rail trails.

Accordion

D&L Trail

Washington Crossing to Lumberville and return

August, 2020 by sandymo

Nice piece of trail, much better than leaving Morrisville. There is a lot of narrow single and double track so be aware if you’re planning on riding a trike or pulling a trailer. That would be a tough ride. Also, really need some signage around New Hope to help with getting through there. Still, it was a pretty nice scenic ride. The trail is in good shape but you can see it could be a bit muddy after rain.

D&L Trail

great trail!

August, 2020 by ghmason1

One of my new Favorites. But people need to stop littering the trail with used surgical masks and hand sanitizing wipes.

D&L Trail

Another gorgeous ride Stockton to Frenchtown

August, 2020 by teresanj50

Path was great cinder. Delaware all the way. Places to stop. Blessed to have this path near home.

D&H Rail Trail

My first time on the trail going towards Forest City. Started at Fiddle Lake Rd. Went about 20 miles. The trail is clean and so many cool things to see along the way!

August, 2020 by hummel.courtney_tl

My first time on the trail going towards Forest City. Started at Fiddle Lake Rd. Went about 20 miles. The trail is clean and so many cool things to see along the way!

D&H Rail Trail

Kind of disappointing for a newbie

August, 2020 by kevinoriol

We read the reviews about the northern end of the trail not being finished, so we decided to start at Luciana Park, hoping to avoid any unkept areas. Luciana Park itself, is pretty bleak but at least you could park your vehicle safely and the trail starts off to the right, east of the beautiful Viaduct structure.

The northern part of the trail is obviously used by ATVs, so you'll do better with a mountain or gravel bike as it's rocky and loose in certain sections. On the bright side, the bridge crossings are new and quite pristine, making for great photo opportunities. The grade is a very gentle uphill, which made the thought of riding back very pleasant.

The most negative aspect of the trail is that it crosses a major trafficked road at least twice. This was very intimidating for our novice rider and we ended up turning around at the 2 or 3 mile mark, just barely scratching the surface of the 40 mile route. My wife didn't like that it was so desolate - but on the flip side, those looking for solitude will enjoy this area.

To be fair, my wife and I (who are more experienced mountain bikers) should probably start at Carbondale and work our way up the trail to give it a fair chance. But for the near future, we will try other trails in the area first.

Roaring Creek Watershed

Nice ride you'll want to be rolling on at least x35's

August, 2020 by b.lindberg.01

Nice ride you'll want to be rolling on at least x35's

D&L Trail

Bristol Bust

July, 2020 by sandymo

We started at the Delaware State Park site off Jefferson Ave. There’s plenty of parking. Unfortunately, there are zero trail signs. There were no signs on the trail either. TrailLink noted some missing sections in the first 9 miles. I’d suggest NOT starting at this trailhead and saving yourself a lot of headaches. The trail is not marked and goes through a lot of bad areas AND along/across a very busy street. It’s just not worth the effort. We’re gong back on a few weeks to check further up the trail, but not this section. I’m sure it’ll get better.

Roaring Creek Watershed

Hidden Gem

July, 2020 by mfpbike

The parking description on the website is misleading. It is not across from the Aqua office as described. Instead drive past the Aqua Office and watch for a large sign on the left, Roaring Creek Tract Weiser State Forest. You’ll find a large parking lot and restroom. The trail is great. It seems easier to start at the 54 end, some gentle up and down with slight elevation overall.

Switchback Railroad Trail

Switchback Trail

July, 2020 by mfasano1985

Thank you to the previous reviews. They were all very helpful. My sister and I started the trail in Jim Thorpe. We also parked on South Ave as we were unsure where else to park. The trail head is 15 feet from where Hill Ave and South Ave meet. The trail head has no marker but there is a bench and two small concrete posts. We rode 5 miles to Mauch Chunk Lake. It was a slow incline up. Very doable. You need to watch some of the sections but overall the path is well maintained and wide at some parts for two bikes.

Two notable things....
First: At the very beginning, it looks like the trail forks. Take the right upper trail. The lower one just brings you into a street in town and the mistake will cause you a good uphill bike back (yes, we made the mistake)

Second: at one point you come out of the wooded area into a sort of public works building. Go to the road. The trail head continues down the road, to the right, and across the street and at the top of Flagstaff Rd. Flagstaff Rd is about 100 yards from the public works area. There is a trail sign on the road when you come out of the public works area on the right that points this direction. If you are doing the trail starting from Summit Hill, then come off the trail at Flagstaff and head down about 100 yards. You will over a culvert on the left into the public works area. Head to the back to pick up the trail again.

Enjoy!! We will be going back!

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