Black Diamond Trail Officially Opens In Mountaintop
By ANDREA O’NEILL
Correspondent
BLACK DIAMOND TRIAL OPENS-Mountaintop residents Tom Sowinski and his daughter Rachel used the trail for conditioning last week. It opened officially on July 8.

After years of planning, property negotiations, engineering reports and fundraising, the new Black Diamond Section of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Trail is officially open. A formal ribbon cutting was held at the trailhead near Glenn Summit on July 8 with project partners joining federal, state and local officials to celebrate.

The Black Diamond Trailhead in Mountain Top is located on Rt. 437 near the intersection of Crestwood Rd. The trail runs south from there, to Middleburg Road in White Haven.

Elissa Garofalo, President and Executive Director of the D&L welcomed the visitors and H. Scott Everett, D&L Trail and Stewardship Manager, presented the history of the project, discussed sources of funding, and identified project and construction partners. Ellen Ferretti, Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and State Rep. Gerald Mullery were in attendance, as well as representatives from Congressman Lou Barletta’s office, The Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, The Anthracite Scenic Trails Association, Luzerne County Conservation District and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation –all of whom contributed expertise, property or finances to the project.

The 8.1 mile Black Diamond section is part of the overall D&L Trail which will eventually connect Wilkes-Barre to Bristol –a 165 mile route that ends just north of Philadelphia and follows the old Lehigh Valley Railroad bed. This section is one of the largest of what still needed to be pieced together in Luzerne County. Eventually, connector trails will be completed between a 1.1 mile segment of trail

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