Hike It Out! – Hiking Trails Around Scranton

Written by: Rachel Kosty Exsc/Kines ’18, DPT ’21

One of the best ways to de-stress is to get some exercise! Going outdoors in the beautiful sunny weather, and adding some movement into your day, is a great way to relax! One activity that you’ll never tire of around Scranton is hiking and walking! There are so many great hiking and walking trails in and around Scranton, here are a few of my favorites!

1. Lackawanna River Heritage Trail

If you like to run or go for walks, Lackawanna County has some beautiful trails, but my favorite one is right in Scranton! The trail follows the Lackawanna River and will be over 70 miles once completed! The section located in Scranton is beautiful, paved and perfect for exercising! My dog and I spend hours here most weeks. My favorite place to start is right at the University’s new “Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. Athletics Campus,” as the trail follows past the baseball field for a little over two miles. You can also walk in the other direction past the softball fields for a bonus few miles!

2. Campbell’s Ledge

If you’re new to hiking, the trail at Campbell’s Ledge is a great place to get started! The trail is very wide and clear that you’ll be sure to stay on the path! There is a nice waterfall, a reservoir and a gorgeous view at the top! The trail starts in Duryea, PA and is approximately 3.6 miles. If you go on a sunny day, be sure to bring water and sunscreen! The view from the ledge overlooks neighboring towns, and you can see all the way to Wilkes-Barre, PA!

3. Lake Scranton

The trail around Lake Scranton is absolutely stunning any day of the week! The paved walking/running trail follows the shore of Lake Scranton for about three miles. The views from the bridges are stunning with the light reflecting off of the water. It’s a great place for a walk or run with friends, not very far from campus at all and a great place to take some nice photos!

4. Keystone Trails

Another great trail system for new hikers and trail walkers is the Keystone Trails behind Keystone College! If you follow the paved paths to behind the sports fields, you’ll find nature trails. There is a beautiful creek, a rope bridge and beautiful trails through the wooded area. There are usually other students walking the trails as well, so it’s a great place to get out in nature without being very far away!

5. Delaware Water Gap

Just about 45 minutes from campus is the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area! The trails at this site are stunning and definitely ideal for a first-time hiker! It’s a great place to explore with a few friends. There are two mountains forming the gap that you can hike: Mount Tammany and Mount Minsi. The world-famous Appalachian Trail even runs through this recreation area! Wear your best hiking shoes, bring the sunscreen and take in the amazing views!

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