Northeastern Pennsylvania Trails Forum

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Trails Forum provides a venue for trail organizations, managers, and supporters to network and share resources and best management practices.


In 2013 the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape (PFWCL) partnered with the Lackawanna Heritage Valley and the Anthracite Scenic Trails Association to facilitate quarterly Trail Forum meetings with organizations involved with all types of trail development in the region including recreational, mountain biking or snowmobile, park or municipal, water trails, or trails on public or private lands.

The Northeast Trails Forum has increased in popularity, and participants include a growing roster of trail organizations, nonprofit groups, nature and environmental centers, land trusts and conservancies, state and federal parks, city and county parks and recreation departments, heritage areas, municipalities and local governments, and state and federal government agencies.

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Video: Ticket to Ride

You’ve heard of rails-to-trails… why not rails AND trails? The NEPA Trails Forum takes a ride on the historic Stourbridge Line through the northern Poconos.

As well our original planning committee has expanded to not only include PEC, LHV, and ASTA but now includes DCNR and North Pocono Trails Association.

On May 5, 2014, the first Northeast Trails Symposium was held at the offices of Lackawanna Heritage Valley in Scranton, Pa. The full day symposium provided Northeastern Pennsylvania trail sponsors and supporters with a networking venue where they could share opportunities, challenges, and solutions in an informal setting.

On May 10, 2018 we held our 5th annual Northeast Trails Symposium at the Anthracite Center at NBT Bank in Carbondale, PA. We chose Carbondale as our venue to celebrate the opening of the Carbondale Riverwalk section of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail.

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Trails Forum now meets on a quarterly basis and continues to provide trail organizations an opportunity to share their successes and challenges as well as network with their colleagues.

Forum meetings are held quarterly at locations throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. The various trail forum members host a meeting at their respective trails to showcase them.

The first quarterly meeting of the Northeast Trail Forum was held at Callahan’s Café in Pittston, Pa., on Aug. 25, 2014. The local Pittston group then led a tour of the Luzerne County Recreational Trail along the Susquehanna River in Pittston.

We have since met and toured the following trails:

  • November 14, 2014 – Keystone College LaPlume, PA – Countryside Conservancy Trolley Trail
  • February 6, 2015 – Frank’s Place Simpson, PA – D&H Rail Trail
  • May 5, 2015 – 2nd Annual Trails Symposium
  • August 14, 2015 – North Branch Land Trust Howland Preserve Tunkhannock, PA – North Branch Susquehanna River Water Trail/Howland Preserve Trails
  • November 6, 2015 – Pizza Perfect, Trucksville, PA – ASTA Back Mountain Trail
  • February 12, 2016 – Natural Lands Trust Bear Creek Preserve, Bear Creek, PA – Bear Creek Preserve Trail Network
  • May 17, 2016 – 3rd Annual Trails Symposium
  • August 5, 2016 – Shickshinny Fire Hall, Shickshinny, PA – Susquehanna Warrior Trail and North Branch Susquehanna River Water Trail
  • November 7, 2016 – The Pines, Hazleton, PA – Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails
  • February 23, 2017 – Natural Lands Trust Bear Creek Preserve, Bear Creek, PA – Bear Creek Preserve Trail Network
  • May 18, 2017 – 4th Annual Trails Symposium
  • August 31, 2017 – Slatington, PA – D&L Trail and Lehigh River Water Trail
  • November 2, 2018 – Lacawac, PA, – Lacawac Sanctuary & Field Station
  • February 1, 2018 – Tunkhannock, PA – Wyoming County Planning Commission-County Trails
  • May 10, 2018 – 5th Annual Trails Symposium
  • August 15, 2018 – Honesdale, PA – Wayne County Trails

Northeastern Pennsylvania Trail Map

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Bicycling and Hiking Map provides a guide to accessing trails and bike routes across the Commonwealth for both Pennsylvania residents and visitors.

In 2009 the Pennsylvania Environmental Council produced the Northeastern Pennsylvania Bicycling and Hiking Map: A Guide to Accessing Trails and Bike Routes.

This high quality map depicts all of the existing and open trails in the 10-county region of Northeastern Pennsylvania including Bradford, Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties.

50,000 copies of the map were printed and all were distributed not only throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania but the entire Commonwealth. The map was made available at PA Welcome Centers, Visitor Bureaus, local businesses such as bike shops, outfitters and hotels, at special events and a variety of other venues.

The trail opportunity map is a valuable resource in promoting hiking and biking opportunities to local residents as well as visitors to Northeastern Pennsylvania. It provides the user with a unique “one stop shop” source to existing bicycling and walking trails located throughout the region. Additionally, the map identifies trails and trailheads as well as sources of information to aid bicyclists and hikers in planning their trips to the region (i.e. trail website addresses, safety information, etc).

50,000 copies of the map were printed and all were distributed not only throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania but the entire Commonwealth. The map was made available at PA Welcome Centers, Visitor Bureaus, local businesses such as bike shops, outfitters and hotels, at special events and a variety of other venues.

Trail Maps

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