Welcome to Rail Trails!

Rail-Trail Council
of Northeastern Pennsylvania

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


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.

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Forest City Trail Town Festival

The Rail-Trail is working with Forest City to become our first Trail Town.

We will celebrate the history of the town and trail with a festival on August 4th.

A vision of economic development in small towns

Trail Towns is a nationally recognized program that helps communities take advantage of the economic opportunities that a nearby trail may bring to your town. You can access the Trail Town Guide at here.

The Rail-Trail Council is working with Forest City Borough, the school district, the business alliance, the historical society and interested citizens to make Forest City our first Trail Town on the D&H Rail-Trail. a festival is planned for August 4, 2018, All-day activities will celebrate the mining and railroad history of Forest City and the Delaware & Hudson Rail-Trail.  It is the 250th Anniversary of Anthracite Coal that will be celebrated across the coal regions of PA from the northern gateway, Forest City south to Pottsville and the many towns in-between.


  • 8 AM The Coal Cracker Run — 2 miles and ¼ marathon from the Forest City Trailhead. REGISTER HERE
  • 10 AM Bike rides on the D&H Rail-Trail, various mileages—on your own or guided!  Bikes available to try (free of charge).
  • 9 AM –  8PM  Forest City Historical Society (corner of Main & Dundaff).  Presentations, a period play, ethnic food sales, and music.
  • 10 AM – 3 PM Scavenger Hunt — parents, kids and adventurous grown-ups, prizes
  • 4 PM – 7 PM Main Street Music – DJ Donna Diva
  • 9 PM Light parade – Main Street parade with a historical theme
  • 10 PM Fireworks


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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