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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. Most of the trail currently runs from north of Berwick to Nanticoke between US Route 11 and the Susquehanna River on the corridor of the old Delaware, Lehigh and Western railroad beds.
Start at the southern endpoint north of Berwick at the Pennsylvania Power and Light (PPL) River-lands Park. A nice destination unto itself, the park has picnic tables, playgrounds, a small lake for fishing and a crushed stone loop path to enjoy.
From the parking lot, the trail heads north and runs adjacent to the active railroad tracks with a slight grade separation. You pass through quiet, pretty woods for approximately 1.5 miles before the trail passes the entrance to a privately owned junkyard. From here the trail continues north alongside US 11.
As you approach Shickshinny, the trail ends at the bridge crossing. Shickshinny is the best spot along the route to stop for something to eat. To pick up the trail again, follow US 11, pass the bridge and go approximately one-eighth of a mile before turning right onto East Butler Street. Follow it a short distance down to South Susquehanna Street, where the trail resumes. You'll find yourself closer to the river again for a 3-mile stretch. The trail gradually gets closer to US 11 as it travels north.
The next trail segment runs behind a firing range, but don't worry as there is plenty of embankment to make it safe. Portions of the final segment are close to US 11, but other sections veer off closer to the river and into green space where you see another pretty bridge as well as another junkyard. The trail ends at the Canal Park in Nanticoke, but be sure to stop at Garden Drive-In on your way north, one of the country's few remaining drive-in movie theaters. If you time your visit right, take in a show at the end of your ride or walk.
To reach the southern trailhead north of Berwick, take State Route 239 North into Shickshinny and turn left onto US Route 11 South. Follow US 11 South approximately 3.5 miles to the Pennsylvania Power and Light Riverlands Park entrance on the left. Ample parking is available.
To reach the northern trailhead in Hunlock Creek, take SR 239 North into Shickshinny and turn right onto US 11 North. Follow it approximately 8 miles to the Garden Drive-In. Turn right at the drive-in. Look for signs for the trail and a trail parking lot on your immediate right.
You can also park at Shickshinny Park in Shickshinny.
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