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.

In 2013 LHV opened 8 miles of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail.  We have provided video links to each opening:
Scranton to Taylor Dedication
D&H Extension Trail Dedication
Archbald to Jermyn Trail Dedication

Cue sheets have turn by turn directions to navigate the trail. 

Cue Sheet South
Cue Sheet North

Lower Valley Section (9.6 Miles)

*Lower Valley section of the LRHT is all on city roads
Lower Valley Map
Lower Valley Section Trailheads

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)

*The Mid Valley section of trail is a mix of city roads and trails and includes the new Powdermill Section.
Mid Valley Section Map
Mid Valley Section Trailheads
Information Sheet & Map

Upper Valley Section (6.5 Miles)

*The Upper Valley section is a mix of city roads and trails.
Upper Valley Section Map
Upper Valley Section Trailheads
Information Sheet & Map

Delaware and Hudson Rail-Trail (Total 36.0 Miles)

(Simpson to Union Dale – 10.1 Miles)
D&H Rail Trail Simpson to Union Dale
D&H Rail-Trail Trailheads
Info: Rail-Trail Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania


Use of Mobility Devices

LHVA is pleased to increase recreational opportunities for people with mobility disabilities by allowing the use of other power-driven mobility devices (“OPDMDs”) in areas where they can be operated safely, without posing a risk of serious harm to natural and cultural resources. All OPDMDs operated on the Trail must meet the standards in the – OPDMD policy.

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 Owen Worozbyt, Trail and Environmental Projects Manager, at (570) 963-6730 ext. 8212, to discuss your event. Every event must submit a completed packet of materials to register. The packet must include:

  • An Event Registration Form -PDF (LRHT Event Registration Form 2018)
  • A map outlining the route and/or site of your event.
  • A plan for a post-event cleanup.
  • A copy of proof of insurance.
  • Payment for rental of pavilion at Olive Street trailhead.

The packet of information should be submitted by email, fax, or postal mail to:
April Rogato, Executive Assistant
Lackawanna Heritage Valley State and National Heritage Area
213 South 7th Avenue
Scranton, PA 18505
Phone: (570) 963-6730 ext. 8200
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 ServicePennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Department of TransportationLackawanna 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.