Hiking & Biking

Welcome To The Great Outdoors


Miles of hiking and biking trails wind through the mountains and valleys of Northeast Pennsylvania. Peddle along paved paths or rugged trails. Climb alongside roaring waterfalls or take a leisurely walk down a wooded lane.  Luzerne County is also part of the D&L Trail which stretches 165 miles from Britstol, Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia to Wilkes-Barre. Whether on foot or on bike, there are plenty of ways to explore the great outdoors!



D & L Trail

Eastern Pennsylvania’s D&L Trail spans just over 140 miles through the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor from Bristol, in the Greater Philadelphia region, to Mountain Top, nestled in the Appalachians. Already the second longest rail-trail in the state, the trail will expand to 165 miles when complete, besting the famed 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage in the number one spot.

Comprised of a combination of former railroad routes and canal towpaths, the scenic and historical pathway crosses five counties along both the Lehigh and Delaware rivers. The D&L Trail is a National Recreation Trail and is also part of two regional efforts, the Circuit Trails, which will connect 750 miles of trail in Greater Philadelphia and New Jersey, and the East Coast Greenway, which will connect multi-use trails from Maine to Florida. As the trail is a work in progress, be sure to check the D&L trail’s official website for the latest information on the conditions of the trail.

Luzerne County Trails


Get Out & Explore


Nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Pocono Mountains, Luzerne County is home to trails for all skill levels. From paved paths along the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre to trails that wind up mountains, you are sure to find the perfect hiking or biking spot for your next adventure. Head out on one of our trails to soak in the beauty of nature in Northeast Pennsylvania!

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North River Trails


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Luzerne County Levee Trail

Crossing the Market Street Bridge from Downtown Wilkes-Barre you can access the Susquehanna Levee Trail and Kirby Park. Bring your bike or walking shoes for some urban riding and hiking.
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Length:  12 total miles
Trail end points:  Wyoming Ave
(Wyoming) and Flat Road (Plymouth)
Trail surfaces:  Asphalt


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Location Icon 2Luzerne County National Recreation Trail

Almost two miles of the Luzerne County Rail-Trail is open with continued development in the works. Connecting with not only the boroughs between Old Forge and Wilkes-Barre, but also the nearby trails. The Luzerne County Rail-Trail will be a major regional asset.


Length:  1.8 total miles
Trail end points:  Pittston’s Riverfront Park and Port Griffith
Trail surfaces:  Cinder, Concrete, Gravel


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Location Icon 3Seven Tubs

The Tubs Nature Park is directly off Route 115, Wilkes-Barre, approximately four miles from downtown and is open seasonally from May through October. Continuously flowing water carves out pockets or tubs of water which makes for great hiking and offers a multitude of photo opportunities. It’s a great place to spend hot summer days where it can easily be 10 degrees cooler. Also known as “The Tubs” nature and hiking trails, Bear Creek Trailhead off Route 115 near Northeast Extension (Route 476) Entrance.
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Length:  1.9 total miles
Trail end points:  Off Route 115 in Plains Township
Trail surfaces:  Dirt and Rock


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South River


Location Icon 4Mocanaqua Loop Trail

Mocanaqua Tract hiking trails has a total of 15 miles of varying hiking terrain from easy to moderately difficult. Access the Trailhead from Route 11 to the Shickshinny Bridge (Route 239) and take the first left.
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Length: 15 total miles
Trail end points: Main Street, Mocanaqua
Trail surfaces: Woods Road, Mown Path through Fields, Rocky Trail


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Location Icon 5Susquehanna Warrior Trail

This Trail is nestled in the beautiful Susquehanna River Valley, lush with green meadows and surrounding mountain peaks.  At 11 miles in length, there is enough space for everyone including the casual walker and those that enjoy speed. There are large sycamore tree groves and unique sights like the Search Cemetery on the land that the Susquehanna Indians called home.
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Length: 10.8 total miles
Trail end points: PPL Riverlands Park and Hunlock Creek Garden Drive-In
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone


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Back Mountain


Location Icon 6Back Mountain Trail

Back Mountain Trail was originally built by lumber and ice king Albert Lewis 115 years ago and was acquired by the Lehigh Valley Railroad in 1887. The Trailheads are located at the top of Perry Street in Luzerne or the corner of Carverton Road and 309 in Trucksville.


Length: 5 total miles
Trail end points: Parry Street (Luzerne) and Franklin Street (Shavertown)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone


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Location Icon 7Frances Slocum State Park

This State Park is five miles from Dallas and 10 miles from Wilkes-Barre. Take Carverton Road to 8th Street to Mount Olivet Road. This park consists of 1,035 acres. Frances Slocum Lake forms a horseshoe covering 165 acres.   Environmental educational programs are offered from March to November.
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Length: 13 total miles
Trail end points: Various Trails
Trail surfaces: Woods Road, Mown Path through Fields, Rocky Trail


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Location Icon 8Ricketts Glen State Park

Located off of Route 118, is home to the challenging Falls Trails named “Best Hike in PA” as part of Backpacker Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards. The Falls Trail is located in the Glens Natural Area comprised of 21 free flowing waterfalls ranging from just over 11 feet to its highest resident waterfall of 94 feet; Ganoga Falls. Falls Trail is 7.2 miles long when doing both the upper and lower sections and is rated as difficult. An easier and shorter route of 3.2 miles is available and allows hikers to view most of the waterfalls including Ganoga Falls. This trails runs directly alongside the waterfalls, so picture taking is plentiful and the vistas are spectacular. Good hiking shoes are strongly recommended.
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Length: 26 total miles
Trail end points: Various Trails
Trail surfaces: Dirt and Rock


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Location Icon 9Moon Lake - Harveys Creek Tract

Moon Lake - Harveys Creek Tract has approximately 15 miles of moderate single track mountain biking. Moon Lake is located on Route 29 in Hunlock’s Creek.
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Length: 15 total miles
Trail end points: Moon Lake Rd, Hunlock Creek
Trail surfaces: Dirt and Rock


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Southern Crossroads


Location Icon 10Hazleton Rail Trail

Hazleton Rail Trail occupies the former corridor of a railroad line that supported the local coal mining industry. The route is 4 miles and it is best to consider it an 8-mile ride out and back until the planned trail extensions are complete. The trail-head is located at the intersection of Routes 424 and 93.
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Length: 7 total miles
Trail end points: SR 93 & SR 424 and D&L Trail
Trail surfaces:
Crushed Stone


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Pocono Plateau


Location Icon 11Black Diamond Trail

The Black Diamond Trail is a 10 mile stretch from Middleburg Road near White Haven to Route 437 just below Glen Summit in Mountain Top. An additional one mile segment begins by the Mountain Top Fire Company on Route 437, just off of Route 309, traveling towards Glen Summit. Currently, there is approximately a one mile gap that requires riding on the road. Once in White Haven, you can load up on trail snacks and drinks or stop to eat at one of the restaurants. Continue riding a few blocks through town to the White Haven Shopping Center and to the entrance of the Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail ending in Jim Thorpe, PA, another 26 miles.
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(Mountain Top-White Haven)
Length: 9.2 total miles
Trail end points: Near the N. end of Main St. (White Haven) and Lake Rd. at Pine Ln. (Mountain Top)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone


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Location Icon 12Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail

The Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail has 26 miles of Rails to Trails and begins in White Haven. This scenic trail follows the Leigh River the entire way to Jim Thorpe. The Park offers multiple Trailheads:Glen Onoko, JimThorpe, Rockport, Tannery, White Haven.
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Length: 25.7 total miles
Trail end points: Lehigh Ave. near the Carbon Co. Courthouse (Jim Thorpe) and East of Main Street (White Haven)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone


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Location Icon 13Nescopeck State Park

Located in the southern part of Luzerne County and offers 19 miles of hiking trails. The Educational Environmental Center offers many programs throughout the year including free fishing clinics in the spring and summer and free snow shoe rentals in the winter.
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Length: 19 total miles
Trail end points: Various Trails
Trail surfaces: Woods Road, Rocky Trail


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Nearby Neighbors


Location Icon 14Lackawanna River Heritage Trail

The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail (LRHT) and its companion trail, the Delaware and Hudson Rail-Trail (D&H), form a 70+ mile multi-use trail system along the Lackawanna River from New York State through Susquehanna, Wayne, Lackawanna, and Luzerne Counties to the Susquehanna River in Pittston, Pennsylvania. The trail is popular with walkers, runners, bicyclists, cross country skiers, snowmobilers, and equestrians.
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Length: 70 total miles
Trail end points: Depot Street (Taylor) and D&H Rail Trail (Carbondale)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Crushed Stone


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