Summary: This hike is a Rails to Trails along the old Lehigh Valley Railroad Company grading that ran between Harveys Lake and Wilkes-Barre. The hike is a very nice walk that enters some woods and runs along Rt 309. You pass Wildcat Falls, but in my opinion they hurt the trail when they built up the crossing. Yes, they increased accessibility but I think the beauty of the trail suffers. The trail is very easy to follow. The intention of the group is eventually have it go 14 miles out to Harveys Lake. They are experiencing some problems with gaining right of way permission from some land owners. Meanwhile enjoy a walk or bike outing along this well maintained trail.
Trailhead: From Wilkes-Barre take the Cross Valley Expressway (SR 309) to exit 5/6, Luzerne Borough. Take a right at the light at the bottom of the ramp. Take a right at the next light. A left at the next stop sign puts you on Main Street. Drive North on Main Street to a four way stop sign. Continue straight ahead on Parry Street. Park near the hill in the Knights of Columbus parking lot on the right. Walk up the new sidewalk to the Luzerne Trailhead and start at the "Gateway to the Back Mountain" kiosk (Lat:41.28635 Lon:-75.900666)
Trail Guides for Back Mountain Trail:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Anthracite Scenic Trails Association 570-675-9016
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Paul Saneholtz, who has posted 33 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by ct on 10/19/2011
Three of us set off looking for the trail from my friends home on E. Center St, Shavertown. I assumed it would follow the creek there. We asked everyone we saw, (getting out of cars, driving by, a lady on a BIKE) and they all pointed south, saying a mile or so to go . . . turns our we were on the trail most of the time on these quiet streets (no sidewalks). I just found that out today looking for the map. We gave up and on our way back saw 2 signs with arrows saying 'bike trail'. It needs better signage through there!!!! And a parking lot somewhere. Thanks for asking! ct
Reviewed by Vivienne on 11/13/2005
Made the mistake of starting our hike near D.A.M.A and heading towards Shavertown. Didn't do our home work properly and came to a virtual stop at Trucksville although after a half hour search,we found a way around to rejoin a bit of the trail opposite Sheetz gas station. Once we arrived behind the Exxon gas station the trail stops, certainly unsafe to go any further for the casual walker or people with children. So, one of those trails you walk knowing you are going to have to cover the same ground walking back. We prefer a full circle walk if possible.
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