Ashley Borough to Laurel Run North

Delaware & Lehigh - Ashley Borough to Laurel Run North

Trail Planning extends into the Wyoming Valley! 

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and partners are conducting a planning study called the Laurel Run North to Ashley Main Street Corridor Analysis to explore what future trail might look like from Ashley Borough to the future Laurel Run North trailhead, also known as the Giant’s Despair Park in Laurel Run Borough, Luzerne County. The study will explore where a trail could physically fit, what amenities it might include, and identify links to neighborhoods and community resources. This trail section is approximately 2 miles long and will connect to a soon to be constructed section of D&L Trail on Wilkes-Barre Mountain that will lead to the Seven Tubs Recreation Area and Pinchot State Forest. 

This trail section is part of the larger Luzerne Gap, a major trail gap along the D&L Trail that focuses on a connection through Luzerne County to downtown Wilkes-Barre. This gap includes over 20 miles of future trail and 7 trail projects that navigate historic railbed, scenic vistas, and community connections. When complete, this gap will connect the Black Diamond Trailhead to the D&L Trail’s northern terminus along the Susquehanna River in the City of Wilkes-Barre.

Partnerships with PennDOT 

This study is being developed alongside the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Partnership 81 Project which is redesigning the I-81 and SR-309 interchange near the City of Wilkes-Barre for improved safety and mobility. Our trail study aims to provide PennDOT with a preferred trail alignment so they may accommodate space for the trail within their project scope. If you’d like to provide public input for the Partnership 81 Project visit the online questionnaire at

We Want Your Feedback!

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor will have a table at the Wilkes-Barre Farmers Market on Thursday September 22nd from 10-4. Come visit us to learn more about the D&L Trail and share input on the proposed route between Ashley and Laurel Run! 

A formal public meeting will be held fall 2022. Please check back to this site for updates regarding the date and location of the meeting.

Take a look at the draft plans below and let us know what you think by filling out this Online Comment Form. Below that are some images of the projected plan.

For more information, please contact the Trail Stewardship Manager at [email protected], or 610-923-3548 x227 

The Laurel Run North to Ashley Borough Corridor Analysis was made possible with funding support from a mini-grant from the Pocono Forests & Waters Conservation Landscape, managed by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.