Greenways & Trails
The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail
The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail (LRHT) is part of a seventy mile multi-purpose trail system that follows the Lackawanna River. The LRHT begins at the confluence of the Lackawanna & Susquehanna Rivers in Pittston and continues north where it connects with the Delaware & Hudson Rail Trail.
Fifty of the seventy miles are open with more projects on the way. For certain sections you will be along roads through local communities. The majority of the trail has a crushed stone surface or pavement. People use the trail throughout the year for walking, jogging, bicycling, enjoying nature, exercising their dogs, socializing, and fitness activities. See below for information about each trail section’s location, parking, and amenities.
Cue sheets have turn by turn directions to navigate the trail.
Lower Valley Section (9.6 Miles)
Scranton Section (6.1 Miles)
*The Scranton section of trail is a mix of improved and unimproved portions and includes the new CNJ extension to Taylor.
Scranton Section Map
Scranton Section Trailheads
Information Sheet & Map - CNJ Section
Information Sheet & Map - Scranton Riverwalk
Mid Valley Section (9.2 Miles)
Upper Valley Section (6.5 Miles)
Delaware and Hudson Rail-Trail (Total 36.0 Miles)
Events on the LRHT
The Heritage Explorer Bike Tour, Scranton Half-Marathon, Steamtown Marathon, Riverfest, the Great NEPA Clean-Up, and Electric City Runners all use the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail and the Lackawanna River. Your group can, too! 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, but please let us know so we can coordinate schedules.
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, to discuss your event. Every event must submit a completed packet of materials to register. The packet must include:
- An Event Registration Form (pdf or dynamic Microsoft Word form)
- A map outlining the route and/or site of your event.
- A plan for a post-event cleanup.
- A copy of proof of insurance.
The packet of information should be submitted by email, fax, or postal mail to:
Stephanie Milewski, RLA, Trail Manager and Environmental Program Officer Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area
213 South 7th Avenue Scranton, PA 18505
Phone: (570) 963-6730 ext. 8203
Fax: (570) 963-6732
Please Note: All promotional materials for the event must acknowledge LHV as a sponsor of the event.
Volunteer on the Trail!
Volunteers are an important part of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail! Whether it is helping with the trail survey, lending a hand at events, or pitching in on trail clean-ups, and planning special programs we need you! Please visit the web page for Volunteer Opportunities to learn more about how you can become a part of LHV’s Ambassadors in Action volunteer corps.
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. The Lackawanna County Commissioners have funded sections of the trail through Growing Greener II and LECOR and other economic development programs.
Regional Trail Organizations
Click on the links below to find out more information about other multi-purpose trails in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
- Countryside Conservancy
- Rail Trail Council of NEPA
- Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
- Lackawanna River Corridor Association
- Lackawanna Valley Conservancy
- Luzerne County Trail System
- D& L Trail