By Dale Freudenberger, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
Cyclists and walkers along the Susquehanna Warrior Trail (SWT) will soon get to stretch their legs a bit further, as a 3-mile expansion is slated for this scenic trail.
The Susquehanna Warrior Trail is an 18.5 mile scenic trail that follows the former railroad right of way of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. It parallels the Susquehanna River and Route 11 from the PPL Susquehanna Riverlands Visitors Center north through Shickshinny to the historic Garden Drive-in Theater near Hunlock Creek.
Plans for further expansion have been underway and the Susquehanna Warrior Trail Council is hopeful that construction will likely start later this year. The new construction will extend the trail approximately 3 miles north to the area of Plymouth Township Canal Park or
possibly as far North as the intersection of Rt. 11 and 29. As part of the construction expected later this year, improvements to the trail from the Shickshinny/Mocanaqua Bridge on Rt. 239 southward are also planned.
In the future, the SWT will be extended further north to connect with the Levee System Trails which will then connect with other local, regional and long distance trails in the Wilkes-Barre area. The Council also hopes that the SWT can be extended further south to connect with Berwick in the coming years.
For further information, visit the Susquehanna Warrior Trail Council website at www.susquehannawarriortrail.org.