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Twp. and White Haven is 10 miles, 20 miles round trip. Bikes can be rented, is needed, at Pocono Bike in White Haven. Cost for bike rental and shuttle $45 per person. Cost for shuttle only $30 per person.
The Mountaintop entrance to the Black Diamond Trailhead is about one half mile from the Church Road Rt. 437. The trail runs from there, south to Middleburg Road in White Haven. The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, The Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, The Anthracite Scenic Trails Association, The Mountain Top Trails Council, The Crestwood High School Key Club Luzerne County Conservation District and the Pa. Dept. of Transportation all contributed expertise, property or finances to the project.
The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage trail now connects south to the 27-mile rails to trails section to Jim Thorpe. Bike riders can take the White Haven to Jim Thorpe loop and shuttles will be available for pick throughout the afternoon in Jim Thorpe to bring bike riders back to White Haven. The trail, once a highly used railroad bed, has a 2% downgrade from the Wright Township trailhead, through White Haven, to Jim Thorpe, so a ride back is usually appreciated.
The entire length of the Black Diamond Trail in Mountaintop is not yet open. The trail begins near the Mountaintop Hose Company No. on Lehigh Street in Fairview Twp. where an unimproved portion goes through the woods ending at Johnson Street across from the rail yards currently in use. The unimproved trail then winds through woodlands parallel to Route 437 crossing property controlled by the Glen Summit Company. The Anthracite Scenic Trails Association has not yet acquired an easement for the trail completion through the Glen Summit property. That extension would ad 3.5 miles onto the newly improved section from the Wright Twp. Trailhead to White Haven. Anthracite Trail Association is also working toward completing the trail from the Hose Co. grounds in Fairview Twp. to Wilkes Barre.
The total length of the Anthracite Scenic Trails Rails to Trails project from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol is 165 a mile route that ends just north of Philadelphia and follows the old Lehigh Valley Railroad bed. After various offshoots are completed, the D&L Trail will then connect to the Back Mountain and Levee System Trail and Lackawanna Heritage Valley Trail systems. It is now approximately 90% completed.
According to Dale Hildebrand of the Wright Twp. Environmental Advisory Council, the intent of Heritage Corridors is to promote economic development through tourism, and railways are very common throughout the country. As people travel along these trails, they bring outside dollars to the community through business and real estate development, and people living in the area reap the benefits of improved health and quality of life.
If you are interested in participating in the ride on Oct. 13, you can register by calling Angela at 570-718-6507 or