Luzerne County Keystone Active Zone Parks, Trails and Events Map

Parks– Map #s 1-10     Trails– Map #’s 11-20

Events– at Parks, Trails and Map #’s 21-26

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Parks

From state and community parks to conservation lands, Luzerne County is home to a variety of wonderful outdoor places that you can visit and enjoy.

MAP #1. Ricketts Glen State * – 695 State Rt. 487, Benton. 570-477-5675. This is a Fishing Tackle Loan site: borrow bait and tackle when the office is open (adults over 16 must have a license to fish).

Q2016:  Lake Jean is back!  How many concrete steps are there from the beach trail to the beach shower house?

MAP #2. Frances Slocum State Park* – 565 Mount Olivet Rd. Wyoming. 570-696-3525 This is a Fishing Tackle Loan site: borrow bait and tackle when the office is open (adults over 16 must have a license to fish).

Q2016. How many blue bird boxes are located on the Big Pines lawn area?

MAP#3. Nescopeck State Park* – 1137 Honey Hole Rd., Drums. 570-403-2006. This is a Fishing Tackle Loan site: borrow bait and tackle when the office is open (adults over 16 must have a license to fish).

Q2016:  Visit the new Nature Discovery Area.  How many different signed sections are there?

MAP#4. Lehigh Gorge State Park – Rt. 940, White Haven. 570-443-0400. Trailhead access is at the far end of the White Haven Shopping Center parking lot. Look for interpretive signs.

Q2016: On the interpretive panel titled, “Thank Josiah White” located at the White Haven access point, how many doctors tended to the sick tuberculosis patients during the mid-19th century?

MAP#5.  Coal Street Park– Coal Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.  No phone.

Q2016: How many sides are there in the geometric orange public sculpture near the playground?

MAP#6. The Tubs Natural Area – Rt. 115, between Wilkes-Barre and Bear Creek; look for sign. No Phone.

Q2016: Upstream from the first wooden bridge about 1/2 mile, just before a stone culvert, there is a concrete bridge with a wooden deck.  How many slats are in the deck?

MAP#7. Talen Energy Susquehanna Riverlands Environmental Preserve – 634 Salem Blvd. (Rt. 11), Berwick. 1-866-832-3312. No website.

Q2016: How many benches are on the North Loop of the Riverside Trail in the preserve?

MAP#8. Avondale Mine Disaster Memorial Garden. Located on an unimproved section of the Susquehanna Warrior Trail. Park at Avondale Mine Disaster marker just past Syl’s Auto Sales, 1136 W. Main St., Plymouth Twp. Walk on the Trail parallel to the river to garden. Open to public, year-round, sunrise to sunset. Historic and environmental kiosk provides information.   Managed by the Plymouth Historical Society. 570-779-5840.

Q2016. On the stone marker in the Memorial Garden, who is honored for preserving the memory of the Avondale Mine?

MAP#9.  Hazle Township Community Park. 141 Community Park Blvd, Hazle Township.  Access Pecora Blvd. from Route 93.  Turn right to Park from Pecora Blvd.

Q2016. There is a mural of wildlife on the outer walls of the comfort station.  How many deer are on the mural?

MAP#10.   Wright Township Recreation Park. 321 S Mountain Blvd, (Rt. 309) Mountain Top.  570-474-9067 .

Q2016: The donor garden behind the municipal building is paved with commemorative bricks.  One brick mentions the world’s largest what?


Trails

Trails crisscross Luzerne County. Many will connect to larger regional, state and national trail systems. Our trails are created and managed by a variety of partners; non-profit and volunteer organizations and municipal, county, state and federal governments.

Click the names of the trails to visit their websites to find out more about our Luzerne County trail system.

Norrh of Map#11. Back Mountain Trail – Trailheads on Harris Hill Road in Trucksville, on Carverton Road, Shavertown, and on Perry Street, Luzerne. 570-675-9016.

Q2016. Between the Luzerne and Trucksville trailheads, not far from the 2-mile post, is a memorial bench now made more visible by an Eagle Scout project.  How many landscape timbers did the Scout use to take walkers down to this “hidden bench?”

Map #12. Black Diamond Trail – White Haven North Trailhead (South end of trail) . Park at the White Haven North trailhead at the end of Susquehanna Avenue in White Haven.

Q2016. Walk north on the trail about 3/4 mile.  How many stones form the lintel (the top) of the second stone drainage tunnel under the rail line to the left?  (There is a pool and waterfall in front of this tunnel).

Map#13. Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails – Trailhead is off Rt. 93 near intersection of Rt. 424. 570-455-1509

Q2016. On the interpretive watershed sign just prior to the 1- mile marker, what kind of fish is depicted?

Map#14. Eckley Miner’s Village – Eckley, PA. Located 3 miles south of Freeland. Take Foster Avenue (Route 940) to Highland Road, one-half mile east of downtown Freeland. Turn south. Use Eckley, PA in GPS and on-line mapping. 570-636-2070.

Q2016. There is an interpretive sign outside of the fence on the east side of the large wooden breaker constructed for the movie, The Molly Maguires.  What is the missing word from this sign’s title: the Breaker: Child Labor & ____ Coal?

Map#15. NEW Sugarnotch and Ridgetop Trails – Sugar Notch Playground trailhead: take Rt. 29 to exit 1, and turn onto Main St. towards Sugar Notch.  In .o7 miles, turn left onto Chestnut Street, follow to the top and park on Broadhead Avenue– Playground is across the street.  To extend your hike, follow the Recreation Park road down towards Main Street.  The Ridgetop Trail trailhead in on the right. 570.823.3445.

Q2016. Heading east on the Sugar Notch Park Access Trail, what human-built feature can be seen on the right side of the clearing?

Map#16. Susquehanna Warrior Trail.  Trailheads are located at the Union Boat Launch, 3 miles north of Shickshinny on Rt. 11, in Shickshinny at the river, and at the Talen Riverlands Environmental Preserve, 3 miles South of Shickshinny on Rt. 11.  No phone.

Q2016.  From the Union Boat lauch trailhead, take the trail about 1/2 mile upstream.  There is a chainlink fence along the trail, what do the red signs on the fence say?

Map#17. Susquehanna River North Branch National Recreation Water Trail, Section 3.  Access the river at the 202 PFBC Apple Tree Boat Launch, Rt. 92, 2 miles north of West Pittston. Section 3 runs from Harding to Berwick.  To find an outfitter to take you on the river, see Endless Mountain Heritage Region or call (570) 265-1528

Q2016. Paddling south from the Apple Tree boat launch between the Coxton Bridge and the confluence with the Lackawanna River, what type of bridge lies on the left side of the river?

Map#18. Wellness Trail– Health and Wellness Center in Hazleton.  From Airport Road, turn onto Moisey Drive: park in the upper lot.  The trail starts at the top of the steps to the right of the main entrance.  570-501-6802.

Q2016.  About halfway around the Wellness Trail, walkers can decide to take another trail.  What is the name of this trail?

Map#19. George and Lillian Picton Wildlife Sanctuary.   Take Rt. 437 to White Haven, then Rt. 940 about 2.5 miles to Pond Creek Road, turn right and travel .6 miles to the Picton Preserve sign. Turn right and go through the first gate. Park at the second gate.  The preserve is owned and managed by the North Branch Land Trust, 570-696-5545.

Q2016. Who is the author of the quotation on the handing sign on the Lillian’s Pond Split Rock Trail near the White building?

Map#20. Bear Creek Preserve.  Trailhead parking is located on Rt. 115, 2.8 miles south of the Bear Creek Village dam, and 8.5 miles North of Blakeslee Corners.  Look for red sign.   570-647-9175.  This nature preserve is owned and managed by the Natural Lands Trust.

Q2016. On the Green trail trailhead interpretive sign at the Preserve management center, what is the Kids Spot question?


Events

Spring and summer are full of outdoor celebrations, group walks, hikes and bicycle rides. Enjoy!

Click on the event names to visit  websites for more information. KAZ scavenger hunt questions and answers will be provided at the event unless otherwise indicated.

MAY EVENTS

Saturday, May 14thMap #21. YMCA Camp Kresge Open House 1-4PM  Rt. 437, White Haven. 570-443-2267   Enjoy camp tours, climbing tower, canoeing and archery at the Y’s beautiful 1,200 acre camp.      

Q2016.  How many green climbing holds are there on all three sides of the climbing tower?

Sunday, May 22nd Map#4. Discover the D&L Ride– Lehigh Gorge from White Haven.  Meet at Pocono Bicycling on the trail in White Haven. Leave at 1:00 for an approximately 8 mile round trip family bicycle ride to the future Greater Hazleton Rail Trail gateway.  Bring your own bicycle, or reserve an outfitter bicycle on us– contact us if you want to reserve a bicycle (limited numbers available).  If reserving a bicycle, meeting time is 12:00PM.

Monday, May 30thMap#6.  Hike the Audobon Trail at the Tubs. Meet at 1:00PM in the Tubs Nature Area lower parking lot for an about 3 mile hike.  The Tubs is off Rt. 115 south(uphill) of Geisinger Hospital about a mile, and on the West side of the road.

JUNE EVENTS

Friday, June 3rdMap #22.  Hazleton Walks — Hazleton First Fridays.  Hazleton’s Churches and Cemeteries Walk. At 6:00PM meet at the Chamber of Commerce lobby, 20 West Broad Street, for a 90 minute plus tour of Hazleton’s downtown churches and cemetery.

Saturday, June 4thMap#6 and #15.  Celebrate National Trails Day with two possible hikes

  • 10: 00 Hike the Tubs to Oliver Mills– start at the Tubs and head up the trail to Oliver Mills.
  • 2:00 Hike the Sugarnotch Trail to the Ridgetop Trail.

Saturday, June 11th– Map#1,2,3, and 13.  Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day at local state parks and at the Greater Hazleton Rail Trail Hike and Bike.

  • Frances Slocum State Park: Swamp Stomp.  10:00am-11:00 am.  Bring the whole family to search for awesome amphibians– containers provided. Wear shoes that can get wet and muddy.  Meet at the intersection of Green and Mt. Olivet Roads. See KAZ #1 for address, phone.
  • Nescopeck State Park:  Kayak Demonstrations  offered 9am-12 PM, no registration required. At 1:00PM.  An introduction to kayaking.  Registration is required, ages greater than 9 years old.  Contact park office to register at 570-403-2006. See KAZ #3 for address.
  • Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails Hike and Bike.  11:00am-2:00pm: A day of outdoor fun on the trail; exhibitors in parking lot, and a *free* picnic.  Hike and Bike begins at 11:00. Visit us at the KAZ table for your question and answer.
  • Ricketts Glen State Park: Ancient Rocks and Waterfalls Hike. 5:30PM. Meet at the Evergreen Parking lot on Rt. 118, 1.5 miles east of Red Rock. Wear sturdy shoes and warm jackets.

Sunday, June 19th– Map #4, 1:00PM   D & L from the Tannery to the Greater Hazleton Rail Trail Gateway Walk.  This 4 mile round trip walk will uncover some of the hidden historic and environmental secrets of this section of the D & L. Take Rt. 940 out of White Haven, left on Rt. 2055 then left on to Tannery Road, meet in trail head parking lot on Cherry Lane.

Saturday, June 25th–North of Map#11,  Back Mountain Trail Ride to Riverfest.  Meet at 9:30AM at Dallas High School for a 10 mile ride down to Wyoming Valley Riverfest.  Wear a helmet.

Friday through Sunday June 24-26, Wyoming Valley Riverfest– Map#23.  Friday through Sunday June 24-26. A weekend of music, environmental exhibits and artwork in Riverfront Park, Kingston.  Multiple Susquehanna kayak trips also available (trips are not free).

Q2016. Stop by the KAZ table for your question and answer in the tent on Saturday.

Sunday, June 26th–Map#26, 10:00AM-4:00PM Events at Moon Lake: R/C Flyers Spring Fly at Moon Lake Recreation Area, Pinchot State Forest. 196 Moon Lake Road, Hunlock Creek, PA.

JULY EVENTS

Friday, July 1stMap #22.  Hazleton Walks — Hazleton First Fridays.  Freedom of Speech Tour. At 6:00PM meet at the Chamber of Commerce lobby, 20 West Broad Street, for a 90 minute plus tour of downtown Hazleton topical to July 4th.

Saturday, July 16th — Map#14 Eckley Miner’s Village. Meet at Visitor’s Center 10:30AM.  Guided Tour of Eckley Miner’s Village, a future spur on the D&L trail.  2 mile meander through this living village and future spur of the D & L Trail.   See #14 for information

AUGUST EVENTS

Friday, August 5thMap #22.  Hazleton Walks — Hazleton First Fridays.  Mansions of Historic Hazleton. At 6:00PM meet at the Chamber of Commerce lobby, 20 West Broad Street, for a 90 minute plus tour of the houses of the rich and famous of Hazleton’s historic past.

Saturday, August 6th — Map#24. Susquehanna Warrior Trail Ride to SCI Retreat and back to Shickshinny Forward Festival, about 10 miles roundtrip.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Saturday, Sept 3rdMap #22.  Bike Fun for Little Ones, White Haven Community Library.  Bike Safety Course at 11:00, Patriotic Bicycle decoration and parade 1:00-2:00.

Saturday, Sept 10Map #4.  Lower Black Diamond Trail Family Bicycle Ride, 1:00PM.  Meet at Pocono Bicycling in White Haven at 1:00PM.  Bike Safety presentation and family bicycle ride up the Black Diamond Trail to Middleburg Road and back, about 6 miles.  Bring helmets and your own bicycle, or contact us to reserve a bicycle for the ride (meet at 12:00 if using an outfitter bicycle).

Saturday, Sept. 17th–Map#26,  Events at Moon Lake– How DCNR manages our state forests, 11:00AM. Visit Moon Lake Recreation Area, Pinchot State Forest and learn how the Department of Conservation and Recreation manages our state forests during a 90 minute hike & talk.  196 Moon Lake Road, Hunlock Creek, PA. Register please by calling the YMCA at 570-823-2191.

Sunday, September 25th— Map#13.  Y Cycle Sunday– Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails Ride, 1:00 PM. 10 mile round trip ride to trail’s “new” old bridge and beyond.  Met at Rt. 93 Trailhead.

 

EVENT SERIES:  Catch one or all of these…

MAP #22:  Hazleton Walks.  Starting at 6:00PM, enjoy these easy 90 minute downtown strolls during Hazleton’s First Fridays.  In case of rain or extreme heat, the walk is postponed to the following Friday evening, same time.  Meet at Chamber of Commerce lobby, 20 West Broad Street,

2016 Walks

***  Hazleton Churches and Cemetaries. June 3rd.

*** Freedom of Speech Tour.  July 1st

***  Mansions of Historic Hazleton. August 5th.

Questions and Answers will be provided on each walk.

 

MAP #25. Y Walk Wednesdays. Y Walk Wednesdays are a series of guided evening walks that feature downtown neighborhoods, history, the environment, architecture or new development in Wilkes-Barre. All walks begin promptly at 6:00 pm leaving from the lobby of the YMCA in either city. All of the walks are lead by volunteer Walk Leaders. In case of rain, the walk is automatically rescheduled to the same time the following evening. The Scavenger hunt questions and answers will be provided on each walk. Wilkes-Barre YMCA: 823-2191.

2016 Walks

***  A Walk on the Wild Side: The Kirby Park Natural Area. June 15th.

***  Keeping the Susquehanna Out of our Living Rooms. NOTE Date change… Now Thursday June 23rd.

***  A Journey Through King’s College. June 29th.

***  Beer, Peanuts and Coal.  Wilkes-Barre’s Society History Through its Architecture. July 6th.

*** A Downtown D&L Photo Safari (bring your camera). July 13th.

***  A Sidewalk View to Building a more Walkable Downtown. July 20th

***  Native, Alien & Medicinal Plants of Kirby Park Natural Area.  July 27th.  (wear insect repellent)

***  Walking Your Way to a Healthier You. August 3rd.

*** Explore the Historic YMCA. August 10th

***  Is the River Common America’s First Park? August 17th.

Q2016. Scavenger hunt question and answer will be provided at each walk.

Y Cycle Saturdays/Sundays.  Short, free bicycle rides on local trails for families and beginners– rides will be 5-10 miles. Children welcome to ride and in tag-alongs, child seats, and trailers. All riders and all children riding with adults MUST BE WEARING BICYCLE HELMETS.  In case of severe weather and extreme heat, the ride will be cancelled.  Bring own bicycles- wide tires please for gravel trails, water and snack

Saturday, June 25th Annual Back Mountain Trail Bicycle Ride to Riverfest.  Meet at Dallas High School 9:30 AM to leave 10:00 AM.   10 miles, mostly downhill, one way to Wyoming Valley Riverfest in Kirby Park.  Ride back solo, or arrange for pickup, dropoff.

Saturday, August 6th Susquehanna Warrior Trail Bicycle Ride to Shickshinny Forward Festival.  Meet at the Shickshinny Boat Launch, 9:30AM, ride 5 miles North to SCI Retrat and return to Shickshinny Festival.

Saturday, Sept 3rdMap #22.  Bike Fun for Little Ones, White Haven Community Library.  Bike Safety Course at 11:00, Patriotic Bicycle decoration and parade 1:00-2:00.

Saturday, Sept 10Map #4.  Lower Black Diamond Trail Family Bicycle Ride, 1:00PM.  Meet at Pocono Bicycling in White Haven at 1:00PM.  Bike Safety presentation and family bicycle ride up the Black Diamond Trail to Middleburg Road and back, about 6 miles.  Bring helmets and your own bicycle, or contact us to reserve a bicycle for the ride (meet at 12:00 if using an outfitter bicycle).

Q2016. The KAZ Passport Program Scavenger hunt question and answer will be provided at the event.