The trail passes through Shickshinny, PA. Photo courtesy of SWTC.
New trail construction. Photo courtesy of SWTC

Rail Trail Rolls Out in Luzerne County

June 2016 

The Susquehanna Warrior Trail Council (SWTC) in lower Luzerne County is building about 2 miles of new trail this spring. The new construction adds  1 1/2 miles to the 11-mile Susquehanna Warrior Trail and closes what used to be a 1/2 mile gap between trail sections. Construction is expected to complete by the end of June 2016.  You can follow them at susquehannawarriortrail.org or on their facebook page.

The Susquehanna Warrior Trail is built on the former railroad bed of the Delaware Lehigh and Western Railroad which is now owned by UGI Penn Natural Gas and SUNOCO for use as a utility right-of-way. The trail is popular with walkers, joggers, cyclists and affords wonderful views of the Susquehanna River. It is approximately 10 feet wide with 2 1/2 foot shoulders utilizing a 15 foot wide surface easement with in the right-of-way.

The first 11 miles of the trail, constructed in 2007, stretches from the PPL Riverlands in Salem Township to the Garden Drive-In in Plymouth Township paralleling Route 11.

The $400,000 for this new trail construction comes from three sources; a $320,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, $40,000 from the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation located in Berwick, and $40,000 from the Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund via a unanimous vote by the Luzerne County Council.

TPW Design Studios of York, Pa. is providing design support and Dan Rutledge Excavating Inc. of Tyler Hill, Pa. is the construction contractor.

A Grand Opening Celebration details will be announced when construction is complete.