Susquehanna Warrior Trail

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.