This storied route stretches more than 70 miles, passing through the heart of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area. The Lackawanna Heritage Valley is located amid the mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania where the waters of the Lackawanna River flow. The trail is an artery that connects more than 30 communities through Luzerne, Lackawanna, Susquehanna and Wayne County. The trail also reaches into the heart and soul of the place that is known for its friendly people, rich cultural traditions, delicious ethnic foods and magnificent natural resources. The Valley is dotted with vestiges of a great industrial past, authentic historic sites, beautiful civic, religious and residential architecture, notable educational institutions and a special sense of community. This is a place with a unique personality that sets it apart. Whether you are here for business, to visit friends and family, for recreation or rest, we welcome you with the hope that your time here will draw you back again and again.
The trail begins at the river’s confluence with the Susquehanna River at Duryea and Pittston in Luzerne County. It travels through Lackawanna County and joins the Delaware and Hudson (D&H) Rail-Trail in Simpson, managed by the Rail-Trail Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania . From that point, the D&H Rail-Trail extends north to the New York State border. The LRHT is a wonderful community asset. Many people use the trail throughout the year for walking and jogging, bicycling, enjoying nature, exercising their dog, and fitness activities. Several sections of the LRHT are open to the public. See below for information about each trail section’s location, parking, and amenities.
Guidebooks are for Sale at the Visitors Bureau and at the Lackawanna Heritage Valley’s offices.
You can purchase one online at www.LHVA.org or download a copy at http://www.lhva.org/greenways-trails/lackawanna-river-heritage-trail-guidebook/
LHV works with the National Park Service, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Lackawanna County, the Lackawanna River Corridor Association, and the Rail-Trail Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania to develop the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail.
Events on the LRHT
There are several events that use the LRHT throughout the year. Almost every weekend you can guarantee a 5K somewhere along the trail. Events like the Scranton Half Marathon, the Heritage Explorer Bike Tour, Steamtown Marathon, Riverfest, and the Great NEPA Clean-Up all use the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. LHV encourages organizations to use open sections of the trail for events such as runs/walks, races, group bike rides, trail and river clean-ups, and activities on the Lackawanna River.
If you are planning an event on the trail, please contact Stephanie Milewski, LHV Trail Manager and Environmental Program Officer, at (570) 963-6730 ext. 8203, or smilewski@LHVA.orgto discuss your event. Every event must submit a completed packet of materials to register.