Conservancy Narrow Gauge Rail Trail


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Conservancy Narrow Gauge Rail Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Sullivan
Length: 2.1 miles
Trail end points: Rt. 42 and Lakewood Avenue and Lakewood Avenue and Linwood Avenue
Trail surfaces: Dirt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6032313

Conservancy Narrow Gauge Rail Trail Description

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 connected to the mainline Williamsport & North Branch. Through the 1920s, this scenic excursion service offered the wealthy an escape from large cities like Philadelphia. The trail only uses 2.1 miles of the original line which is blazed in blue and is best for a short walk. The Eagles Mere Railroad garnered praise as one of most scenic lines in the state with wildflowers and waterfalls. Unlike the days of the railroad which offered open vistas and fields due to extensive logging, today's trail is surrounded by a mature canopy of trees.

Parking and Trail Access

To Route 42 trailhead: From
Williamsport, take I-180/US 220 northeast through the towns of Picture Rocks and Tivol. At Muncy Valley turn left onto PA 42 and head north for 6 miles to Eagles Mere. Drive through town until you see a pond on the left (Lakewood Ave.) and a gravel trailhead parking lot in front of it. The trailhead is immediately on the right. (Access from
Linwood Avenue is difficult and not recommended.)

Conservancy Narrow Gauge Rail Trail Reviews

Crusty Snow, Cold Air, Pleasant Walk

Nice drive up out of the Susquehanna Valley, easy to locate trailhead with good parking. Trail is level, (signs say bikes okay on rail grade only - today we are on foot). Trail is wooded, a couple of side loops for interpretive and conservation information. There were 6 or so inches of snow with a frozen crust that broke through every 6th step or so, but it was quite enjoyable, and this early March Saturday afternoon we had it all to ourselves. We will come back later this spring and see how it looks with leaves. I held back one star because I prefer more rugged trails, but today this was just the thing.


I did this in 2013, it is easy to find. There is a conservancy building/classroom that posts a map of the trails. There are various trails that overlap the rail trail. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because they were doing some work on the trails and subsequently the trail was blocked, no signs were put up and it was hard getting through the trail. Hopefully they are done with that.

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