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  • Complete, open and improved
  • Obstruction within trail section, see description
  • Planned Future linkage and trail development
  • Unimproved open, travel at your own risk


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Trail Section: Black Diamond – White Haven

Status: Complete, open and improved

Distance: 9.8

Update Spring 2024: Prescribed burns in adjacent SGL 119 – The Pennsylvania Game Commission will be conducting prescribed burns this spring within the State Game Lands that border the D&L Trail – Black Diamond to White Haven section (SGL 119). No impacts to the D&L Trail or trail users are anticipated. The burns will be planned on a date with optimal conditions so smoke will not impact the trail. The burn may take place between March-May and this webpage will be updated when a date has been selected. A prescribed burn is a controlled fire that is set at a specific location, time and temperature to improve the health of an ecosystem. An effective burn can provide the needed growing conditions for native plants and reduce fuel for damaging wildfires. To learn more, check out the PA Game Commission Prescribed_Burn_Trifold informational pamphlet.


Part of the locally known Black Diamond Section, named after Anthracite coal’s nickname – “black diamonds”, this trail section passes ponds, bogs and towering trees providing a good wildlife viewing section. Approximately 9 miles from Black Diamond Trailhead going south is improved trail. The final distance into White Haven is a little more rough surface.

We suggest wearing orange during hunting seasons due to State Game Lands adjacent to the trail through this section. 


Things to Do

1 The Francis E. Walter Dam in White Haven, Pa.

Francis E. Walter Dam

The Francis E. Walter Dam has a boat launch area (no ramp), and there is a 10 hp limit. Swimming is not permitted. Picnicking, hiking and fishing are available. Hunting, in season, is also available on adjacent Pennsylvania Game Commission... More

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Lehigh Gorge State Park

The 4,548-acre park follows the Lehigh River from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Francis E. Walter Dam to the north, to Jim Thorpe at the southern end. It is a designated state scenic river and the lure for many... More

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Nescopeck State Park

Bordered on the south by the steeply rising Mount Yeager and on the north by Nescopeck Mountain, Nescopeck State Park encompasses 3,550 acres in Butler and Dennison Townships in Luzerne County. Special emphasis is placed on the education and interpretation... More

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Pocono Biking

D&L Trail Friendly Business Ride with us through the beautiful Lehigh River Gorge, our most popular biking daytrip. You can rent one of our Trek bicycles by the hour or for the entire day.  This easy, downhill, trail provides traffic-free riding... More

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