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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 Scranton. The LRHT heads north to meet the Delaware and Hudson (D&H) Rail-Trail in Simpson. The two trails continue together to Union Dale. From Union Dale north, the D&H Rail-Trail carries on north to the New York State border.
The trail is not yet a continuous corridor, and the segments are broken down as follows, south to north:
Tried to access the trail via Enterprise Drive in Simpson today heading north. The trail was a mess and there were signs saying Danger - Herbicides in use. It was not clear if/where sections were closed. Finally we gave up. Driving a mile or so north, there was another sign saying the trail was closed due to the construction of a pipeline.
It is hard to tell what is going on. I did not try going south, but that section looked closed also.
I would avoid this section unless you can confirm something is changed.
My fiancée and I travel the trail on an average of 2x a week. We go from the Jermyn Trail head down to to just before Taylor and back. We always enjoy every opportunity we get to be out on the trail and also cherish the bald eagle sightings along the river.
I'm not sure where to start with this review. We rode the Mid Valley section of the trail. At the outset, the information and maps on LHVA.org aren't very helpful. We attempted to start in Dickson City but couldn't find Bernard Seminski Park. What we realized when we got to that area is the "trail" is on the road at that point. We then drove to the Depot St. Trailhead, which is located in Peckville. If you map yourself to Mid Valley Plumbing Supply at 601 River St., the parking lot is right across the street. This paved part of the trail is heavily used by runners. Less than 2 miles in, we reached a road (Church St.) where the trail just ended with no signage indicating where to go. At this point, turn right and curve left along the river. The trail picks up in about a quarter-mile. Along the next segment of the trail, at the Laurel St. trailhead, there are an observation deck built over the river and coal mining ruins. When you arrive at the end of the trail in Jermyn (FYI - birthplace of first aid) at Delaware St., take a left then right onto Cemetery Rd., bear right at Plank Rd, pass most of the cemetery. Keep an eye on the right for a cul-de-sac of crushed stone trail in the trees. There are no markings whatsoever. This small segment of the trail leads to the Mayfield parking lot. This is where we decided to go back. On the way back, we stayed mostly on the road and took a detour to Archibald Pothole State Park on Business Rte. 6 West. It's a huge pothole, formed from a glacier, when a coal miner blasted the rock in 1884. It's worth the detour. Overall, both the on trail and on road sections of this trail make for a great ride. More clear signage would make it more enjoyable and require less stopping to see where you are. LHVA.org should make its maps clearer with a key so riders know when they're on the trail and when they aren't.
Great ride with the exceptions of the breaks in the trail.
We attended the Family Day on this trail. We walked from the Depot Street Trailhead past the amphitheater and another mile or so. The event was fun and the trail easily traversed. The directions, however, say Depot St. is off S Main St. in Taylor. It is actually off N. Main Street. The street sign is almost unreadable. A young woman was able to give us directions when we stopped for gas, after looking around for some time. Depot St. is on the right across from an Italian restaurant coming from Old Forge into Taylor. It is a rough parking lot right among the rail yard. There are no signs at all about the trail, so we were somewhat wary until some others came along to confirm we were in the right place. Also, the trail was described as crushed stone, but was actually macadam. We have never found the trailhead in Pittston, and wonder why the markings aren't more obvious. After working so hard to make the trail nice, a sign would be a great help in actually finding it.
While I agree with lzielen's assessment of the trail so far, it follows the Lackawanna River.
Looking forward to the additions, connections, and completion of this trail. Recently began walking, and this is a wonderful trail. Scranton is really a lot more beautiful than people realize. Just takes a small effort to find the beauty.
trail has improved tons! here is my slide show video of some of the improvements to the section of the trail that starts in taylor and comtinues to elm st Scranton. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Yqfz6GKQMw
The Elm St to Taylor is under construction as we speak. But the first 2 miles in from Elm St is prepped for paving and in my opinion it is awesome to bike on.No puddles on the first 2 miles.The rest of the trail from Elm to Market st. on the levee is also a great ride although I have a full suspension bike.It can be bumpy in spots. I live only a few blocks away and peddle out my front door and can log 10 miles no problem,without becoming "roadkill" due to riding on the city streets.The scenery in my opinion is also great,most of the time you can see the river the whole trail.
Started at the Canadian Pacific Railway yard in Taylor, Pa. Entrance is Depot Street off of N Main street in Taylor. Careful crossing the railroad tracks. Entrance to the trail is to the left after going down the hill from the tracks. First hundred yards or so is black culm but then the trail has been improved. The entire stretch from Taylor Yard to Elm St in Scranton has been widened to about 10 feet and graded. At the end of August, 2012, crews were in the process of installing a gravel roadbed. Starting at the end of the culm stretch by Taylor yard, the trail is gravel for about half a mile. Work is in process so the trail should be gravel all the way to Elm street soon. The section that has been graded is hardened earth. Smooth and easy travel. From Elm street north, the trail is a combination of paved blacktop and gravel to Olive street behind the Scranton High School complex. This entire stretch is mostly shaded in mid afternoon with a few sections of sunlight. After Olive street, the trail moves onto the Lehigh River levee system. Here it is mostly hardened earth with a short stretch of gravel. The section on top of the levies is bumpy. The grade of the entire trail feels nearly level although I believe it is uphill heading north. There are a few street crossings, although the Scranton Riverwalk section goes under the bridges that were built over the railroad tracks. None of the streets that the trail crossed had heavy traffic. The trail follows the Lehigh River for this entire segment offering many scenic views although in some area the river is a few dozen feet below the trail but visible looking through the trees. The South Side Sports Complex entrance at Broadway and 3Rd street in Scranton is a nice starting point. This location is a baseball field complex and parking is available. The trail is adjacent to the parking lot. It is at about the midpoint of the section I travelled. You can travese the trail north or south from here. (Or do both).
I was hoping that the trail had been cleaned up since the first review was posted on here back in 2009. It hasn't. I started at the downtown Scranton parking area, for a ways the path is perfect - hiking, walking, biking, anything - very well maintained. But after that initial section, the majority of the trail is a mess. It hasn't rained here in days, but still, there are LARGE water puddles, lots of mud, branches in the way, rocks everywhere.
If you don't mind getting muddy its a fun trip. I will do it again, didn't get to go the full length of the trail, ran out of time.
When you first enter the trail it appears that it is a well taken care of trail, Ahh but were we wrong. After pedaling for maybe 100ft, the trail started to get really woody, meaning there was nothing to look at you really could not see the river anymore, The trail itself was very rocky and muddy, throughout the ride we expierenced large puddle about 10-12 ft across and stagnant, if the rail were taken care of I truely think it would be a very nice ride, but on a hot summer day, those puddles would be smelly and well frankly a sea of mosquitos. The trail ended at a old train trestle and then on to a cinder based road, we road up to the Davis Street Bridge. Don't get me wrong the trail was a challenge , but unlike any rails for trails ride I have ever been on!
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