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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: Unimproved open, travel at your own risk

Distance: 9.8

April 2021 – The D&L Trail is open and passable, but some sections are single 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 – April, 2021

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

Things to Do

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

Francis E. Walter Dam

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Lehigh Gorge State Park

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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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