James P Bressler Heritage Trail

County: Lycoming

Length: About 1 mile 

Trail End Points: Riverfront Park, Montoursville

Trail Surface: Gravel, Natural Surface

Trail Activitites: Walking, Biking


Located on Canfield Island, this 1-mile looped walking trail begins at Riverfront Park in Montoursville. The trail offers a quiet, relaxing stroll around the island with some educational panels detailing some interesting historical and archeological facts about the surrounding area. The name for the trail is a dedication to James P. Bressler, a scholar and educator who led archeological investigations in the area. James Bressler led excavations of Native American sites on and near the island, and published his findings in a series of monographs. His team's studies have significantly contributed to the area's knowledge of Native American culture. 

At Riverfront Park, visitors can enjoy the picnic/pavilion area after walking the heritage trail. Canfield Island also offers several viewing spots of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. These views are breathtaking when seen up close and personal. Additionally, the trail is used by the Loyalsock Township Cross Country Team for practice. 

Parking and Trail Access:

To access Riverfront Park in Montoursville, use I-180 W to get to the E. Third Street exit in Loyalsock Township. Continue on E. Third Street, then onto Old Montoursville Road, and finally onto Greevy Road. If traveling west, Riverfront Park will be on your left. Parking is available at the park entrance, as well as the pavilion and restrooms. Canfield Island can be accessed by walking southeast through the park until you reach an opening in the trees. The start of the trail is a short distance from there. 

Photos courtesy: handsonheritage.com and sungazette.com

Information courtesy: handsonheritage.com