The story of “where America was built” begins in the Northern Region, home to major hard-coal supplies and the mine-to-market process. The legacy of this land is one of intense mining, industrial development, and a rich mixture of ethnic cultures. While Ice Age glaciers left prehistoric markings on hillsides and created enormous boulder fields, the region’s geography also bears the proud scars of its anthracite-mining heritage.
Overall, the Northern Region is a striking landscape rich in natural resources and outdoor recreation opportunities that set it apart from the rest of the D&L Trail’s route.
The D&L Trail begins near the city of Wilkes-Barre, along the green, rolling hills of the mighty Susquehanna River, where anthracite deposits are located. Their discovery triggered the urban development that resulted in a string of towns, industries, mines, roads and rail lines to the south.
Today, the Wyoming Valley is linked to the Lehigh Valley by the spectacular Lehigh Gorge State Park. This scenery is a sharp contrast to former industrial and mining communities that maintain rich architectural and cultural ties to the past. The region’s pioneering spirit can still be felt here.