Nestled in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, Luzerne County is home to more than 10 hiking and biking trails that are suitable for all skill levels, and all types of adventure-lovers. The trails range from paved paths along the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre to those that climb up mountains, offering excellent views.
According to Donna Keyes, director of sales and marketing for Visit Luzerne County, Ricketts Glen State Park is the county’s top attraction, and is home to some of the area’s hardest trails. The challenging Falls Trail has been named “Best Hike in PA” by Backpacker Magazine, and is just over 7 miles long. On the hike, you’ll find 21 free-flowing waterfalls ranging from just over 11 feet, to its highest waterfall, Ganoga Falls, standing at 94 feet.
If a shorter day-hike is more your style, an easier and shorter route to see the falls is available that’s just over 3 miles, running directly alongside the waterfalls — still offering the same, spectacular views.
Other area trails include Eastern Pennsylvania’s D&L Trail, spanning just over 140 miles through the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor from Bristol, in the Greater Philadelphia region, to Mountain Top; plus trails along the north and south river and Back Mountain trails. A map is available on visitluzernecounty.com under “Outdoors.”
A different kind of trail
After a day-long hike, is there anything better than carbing up? Northeast Pennsylvania is home to hundreds of restaurants serving up their own, unique styles of pizza — so Luzerne County has created a Pizza Trail.
There are 11 different pizza shops on the trail. “We asked locals for their favorite places in pizza, and here are the spots they told us,” the tourist bureau said on Facebook:
- Angelos Pizza The One And Only
- Frankie’s Pizzeria Of Hazleton
- Gerry’s Pizzeria
- Grotto Pizza Edwardsville, Grotto Pizza Harvey's Lake, Grotto Pizza in Wilkes-Barre, pa
- Pizza Loven
- Pizza Perfect
- Sabatini’s Pizza
- Senape’s Tavern Pitza
- Shelley’s Pizza Carey Ave
- Shelley’s Pizza
- Victory Pig Pizza and BBQ
“In this area you can have pizza about 200 different ways,” Keyes said. “Every little place has their own spin. After a long day of enjoying the outdoor trails (visitors) can really experience the area local flavor on one of the food or beverage trails.”
Grabbing a beverage (or a few)
Luzerne County is becoming known as “PA Trail Country” for obvious reasons. Not only is the region home to excellent hiking and biking trails and a pizza trail, but it also plays host to the Beer, Wine & Shine Trail, which winds its way through the mountains and valley in and around Luzerne County.
There are tons of unique stops on the trail, offering beer, wine, spirits and cider. Local brewers, vintners and distillers blend tradition with new ideas to fill your glass with flavors unique to the area.