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 Forest and Waters Conservation Landscape (PFWCL) partnered with the Lackawanna Heritage Valley and the Anthracite Scenic Trails Association to facilitate quarterly Trail Forum meetings with trail groups. Participants included 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.

On May 5, 2014, the first annual 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. Secretary Barry Schoch of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Secretary Ellen Ferretti of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources addressed the trail groups regarding their respective agencies’ perspective on trails in Pennsylvania. In addition, several regional and local trail groups presented information on the progress of their trails.

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 will be held quarterly at different locations throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. The various trail forum members will host a meeting at their respective trails in order to showcase them.

The first quarterly meeting of the Northeast Trail Forum was held at Callahans 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.

The second meeting was held at Keystone College LaPlume, Pa., and provided an opportunity to hike the Keystone College Trails and the newly opened Countryside Conservancy’s Trolley Trail.

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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