Welcome to Rail Trails!

Rail-Trail Council
of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Renewing Northeast Pennsylvania’s historic pathways as recreational trails for all to enjoy…

Be Aware! Hunting season is now open! Wear orange while out on the trails. Be safe and have fun.


The Rail-Trail Council of NEPA, Inc. is a non-profit organization developing recreational trails in northeastern Pennsylvania. The office is located in the Borough of Union Dale, Susquehanna County, in the Cables Store Building, alongside the D&H Rail-Trail. The RTC has over 1400 members who support the organization with membership dollars and volunteer hours. The Board is made up of 30 members, a part-time executive director, and a part-time program manager.

The D&H Rail-Trail is 38 miles long from Simpson to the New York border near Susquehanna, PA. The D&H connects at its southern end to the 32-mile Lackawanna River Heritage Trail (LRHT) and together these two trails are considered a 70-mile major greenway in the state.  Many improvement projects are underway.  By summer 2018, there will be 20 miles of improved trail from Carbondale to Ararat, with a surface suitable for hybrid bikes.

The O&W Rail-Trail begins in Simpson and continues 8-miles to Stillwater Dam.  It continues as an ATV-Snowmobile trail from Stillwater to Lakewood.  The section that continues from Lakewood to the Delaware River near Hancock, NY is owned by the townships and used as a ‘no-winter-maintenance road.  The trail is graded, original railbed surface requiring a mountain bike.

The Endless Mountains Trail is a 10-mile trail under development from Alford to Montrose.  The trail is original railbed surface requiring a mountain bike.

The trails attract equestrians, runners, walkers, hikers, geocachers, snowshoers, snowmobilers and cross-country skiers. We offer programs all year round on and around our trails that highlight each activity.


A promotional video of the D&H Rail-Trail, the Council and trail events was made possible with a grant from Wayne County Tourism.

D&H Distance Run

A half-marathon and 5K race is held every year, the Sunday after Labor Day on the D&H Rail-Trail in Forest City.  It’s an out & back run on the trail and a perfect training run in preparation for the Steamtown Marathon

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D&H Rail Trail User Survey

A survey of trail users was conducted for two years, concentrating on winter users and the economic impact made on the local communities.

Projects in Motion

The Council has begun a capital campaign to raise funds for numerous projects underway on our trail system.  Many projects require matching funds for grants.

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