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THE SUSQUEHANNA

WARRIOR TRAIL

The Susquehanna Warrior Trail follows the scenic Susquehanna River in Luzerne County. On the old rail road bed of the Delaware, Lackwanna, and Western railroad, you can walk, bike and run. Come join us on the trail!

REGISTER NOW 

for our 16th Annual Susquehanna Warrior Trail 5K Race/Fun Run 

Please join us as we work towards providing our community with a safe, vibrant, attractive riverfront recreational area and connecting our trail with the Plymouth Levee System and ultimately all trails that connect in Wilkes-Barre!  The Susquehanna Warrior Trail (SWT) is an integral part of this vision.  The trail has successfully repurposed a formerly inaccessible natural area on the bed of the former Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad in Luzerne County into a 12 1/2-mile hiking and biking trail along the Susquehanna River.  It now provides hikers, bikers, and cross-country skiers a safe and scenic outlet for healthy exercise much needed to offset our sedentary lifestyles.  SWT has no paid staff and is maintained entirely through the cooperative efforts of volunteers from local businesses, schools, and scout groups, as well as interested individuals.  This trail is truly a community asset and an important component in connecting the developing trail systems in central Pennsylvania to trails that stretch into Philadelphia, inviting other local communities to work with us towards regional success.

 

Our primary fundraiser is our annual 5k run/walk. 2023 will be the 16th Annual Susquehanna Warrior Trail 5K Race/Fun Walk.

 

You can help us in several ways:

 

Be a race participant: Run or walk with us on Saturday, April 8, 2023 and invite your family and friends.  

 

Contribute:  Any contributions are truly appreciated.  Sponsorship options are available; detailed information is on this website.  Please consider making a donation or sponsoring the race.

 

Volunteer:   Volunteers are needed for both this event and throughout the year on our maintenance, mowing, chainsaw, and safety crews. Please contact Barb: 570-256-3819 or jomocarup@aol.com to sign up!

 

For more information, please contact us!

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PARTNER WITH US!!
Be A Trail Sponsor!

THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY TRAIL PARTNERS!

Go to our partner page and click on the name to be taken to their webpages. Support our partners!

NEXT SWTC MEETING

 

The Susquehanna Warrior Trail Council

will meet the first Tuesday of selected month at 6:00pm. TBA,

at the FLT Building, 2nd Fl,

North Main Street, Shickshinny, PA 18655.

The public is invited.  Meeting dates are announced on this page and our facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/SusquehannaWarriorTrail/

 

COME JOIN US!

We look forward to meeting you!!

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OUR STORY

Formerly a railroad bed, this once forgotten piece of nature has been brought back to life by a small group of dedicated volunteers. The trail follows the scenic Susquehanna River where hikers and bikers have a good chance to spot bald eagles, otters, heron and a multitude of other animals.

Organized by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council in 1995, the group explored the feasibility of a hiking and biking trail on the bed of the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad along the Susquehanna River in Luzerne County.  The Susquehanna Warrior Trail Council was formed June 7, 1999.  Trail construction began in 2007.  Currently, there are 12.5 miles of trail completed.  The trail is about 10 feet wide, with a hard packed surface of fine crushed stone.  The trail is adjacent to the old north branch canal, and other historical attractions.  Much of the trail is shaded, providing relief from the summer sun.  Five Boy Scouts earned their Eagle award with projects they did on the trail, along with Royal Ranger and Girl Scout projects.

When completed, the Susquehanna Warrior Trail will extend 16 miles from the Riverlands Park in Salem Township to the levee trail system in Plymouth Borough. This will connect us with multiple other trails via the trail system in Wilkes-Barre.

Each spring since 2008 we have hosted an annual 5K Race and Fun Walk in Shickshinny.  Last year we had over 320 participants.  The race is competitive, but many come out to enjoy a nice walk with new and old friends.  The annual 5K race is our major fundraiser for the SWT Council for trail maintenance and operating expenses.

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