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
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 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?
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.
Y Walk Wednesdays 2017
A series of free, guided evening walks featuring downtown neighborhoods, history, walking and health, architecture, wildlife and new development in Wilkes-Barre. All walks begin promptly at 6:00 pm leaving from the YMCA lobby. Walks are approximately 90 minutes long and lead by volunteer leaders. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring water.
In case of rain or extreme heat the walk will be postponed until the same time the following evening. If raining or hot the following evening then the walk is cancelled and will not be rescheduled. For information call the YMCA, 570-823-2191, visit www.wbymca.org or visit the Y’s Facebook page.
June 7 Millionaires and Mansions. An architectural and social history stroll past some of 19th and early 20th century homes of several of Wilkes-Barre’s leading families. Walk Leader: Tony Brooks, Wilkes-Barre Preservation Society.
June 14 Native, Alien & Medicinal Plants of the Kirby Natural Area. Learn from folklore, history and science the benefits, drawbacks, unique uses and special powers of the many plants that call Kirby Park’s wild, riparian woodland home. Walk Leader: Ken Klemow, Wilkes University.
June 21 Keeping the Susquehanna Out of Our Living Rooms. Our local Wyoming Valley Flood Protection levee system works hard to keep the Susquehanna’s waters where they belong: in the river. Explore the inner and outer workings; discover the system’s secrets on the Agnes Flood anniversary (June 23rd1972). Walk Leader: Chris Belleman: Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority
June 28 A Sidewalk View to Building a More Walkable Downtown. People use the word “Walkability” but what does the term really mean? Learn what is making our city’s streetscapes safer, more efficient and more usable for all. Walk Leader: Larry Newman, Diamond City Partnership.
July 12 A Walk on the Wild Side: The Kirby Park Natural Area. Explore the natural and wild wonders of the park’s riparian forest, the wildlife that call it home, some history and the important role it plays as part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Walk Leader: Vinnie Cotrone, Penn State Cooperative Extension.
July 19 Tour the Luzerne County Courthouse. The Luzerne County Courthouse is a lavish neoclassical gem from the heyday of Luzerne County’s coal baron period. Tour the people’s house and learn about what goes on inside. Walk Leader: Richard M. Hughes, III, President Judge.
July 26 Walking Your Way to a Healthier You. Learn more about the many ways that regular activity like walking can improve your physical and mental health as well as decrease your risk for a variety of conditions including cancer, diabetes and obesity. Walk Leader: Pam Gurtis, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Aug. 2 A Journey Through Kings College. Wander through Kings’ campus and surroundings and discover the history of the buildings and area. Learn how the transition of the campus and community are connected with the city’s ever-changing society and culture. Walk Leader: Paul Zbiek, Kings College.
Aug. 9 A D&L Heritage Corridor Photo Safari. While hunting for photogenic gems at the northern terminus of the D&L Trail, you will get the latest on the progress to connect the 165 mile route from Bucks County to Wilkes-Barre. Bring your camera! The best pics will be featured in social media posts and local media. Walk Leaders: Lauren Golden & Mike Burnside, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
Aug. 16 Walking and Judaism in Downtown Wilkes-Barre. Take an exodus through downtown Wilkes Barre, visiting local synagogues, closed and open, and learn about walking in Jewish tradition, and the Wyoming Valley’s invisible wall known as an eruv. Rabbi Roger Lerner, Temple B’nai B’rith.