June 2020 – The D&L Trail is open and passable, but some sections are double track or rocky. At Middleburg Road there is ongoing construction by the railroad and PennDOT to create a separate off-road trail to cross the railroad and then Middleburg Rd. Currently you need to use Middleburg Road for a short (100 yd section). Use care when traveling on Middleburg Road to reach the other side of the trail.
UPDATED – June 2020
Middleburg Road Pedestrian Crossing – Construction Phase
Construction of the trail components has begun. Trail portion will be completed after railroad improvements are made. D&L thanks PA Department of Transportation, Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad, and PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for their continued cooperation on this project.
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.
Please exercise caution when crossing Middleburg Road. Also, we suggest wearing orange during hunting seasons due to State Game Lands adjacent to the trail through this section. Please see the PDF maps below for obstruction detour information.
Middleburg Road Detour
To Bristol – Southbound: 1. From D&L Trail cautiously cross Middleburg Road and make a left, 2. Continue North on Middleburg road and cross railway, 3. Immediately after railway turn right onto the D&L Trail and continue South
To Wilkes-Barre -Northbound: 1. From D&L Trail cautiously cross Middleburg Road and make a left, 2. Continue South on Middleburg road and cross railway, 3. Turn right onto the D&L Trail about 400 feet after railway and continue North