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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.
A public meeting for this project was held on 10/12/2022 in Wilkes-Barre. Below that are some images of the projected plan. The public feedback survey is now closed but if you have any additional questions, please reach out by using the information provided at the end of this page.
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.
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