Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails

The Greater Hazleton Rail Trail (GHRT) is 6.5 miles long with breathtaking scenic views such as wetlands, a reservoir, and rare Pine & Heath Barrens.

photo: A section of the Lehigh Gorge Trail, near Jim Thorpe, PA. Photo by Listroiderbob2.

Length: 6.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Rail Trail
Agency: Private
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation

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Location: E of Hazleton from SR 93E eventually to Lehigh Gorge Trail
State(s): Pennsylvania
Counties: Luzerne and Carbon
Longitude: -75.94741
Latitude: 40.94147

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Although the right of way is owned by the Hazleton City Water Authority, Butler Enterprises and Cabot Corporation, it is on a 50 year lease with the Greater Hazleton Area Civic Partnership (GHACP). Along with natural resources, it also runs through the historic part of the community showing small patch towns and both active strip mining and past mining scarred lands. In 2020, a box culvert was installed on GHRT under a mining haul road.

The crushed limestone path features exercise stations, parking, picnic tables, and scenic benches. The Trail gives access to citizens from 12 municipalities covering three counties making the total population of the citizenry numbers over 65,000. In the future, the trail will eventually be connected to the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L NHC) which will make the overall Trail approximately 16 miles long. After the connection to the D&L trail it will then connect up with the Susquehanna Greenways Partnership (SGP) trail system in Wilkes-Barre PA. Along the route to the D&L NHC, it will connect the Greater Hazleton area with the historic Eckley Miners' Village (State Historic Museum Site), Lehigh Gorge State Park, and the surrounding game lands.

Upon completion the Trail will provide four parking areas, 10 exercise stations, and a number of accommodating picnic tables, benches and interpretive signs as well as environmental education areas. The GHRT is successful already and provides a lot of unique features throughout the path and the community, and will continue to do so. The Trail has infrared counters monitoring use since September of 2007 and they are showing average use of 20,000 visits a year (see attached monthly use from June of 2008). The spike of use on June 7th is from our 5th Annual National Trails Day Celebration. Numerous health partners involved with the Trail run activities and also educate the public on everyday health issues like keeping in shape.

In honor of National Trails Day, a free to the public Hike & Bike Event takes place at the trail every year in the beginning of June. In October a Town & Trail Race Series takes place at the trail for runners and walkers of all ages.

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed Rock
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Average Grade: 1%
Maximum Grade: 3%
Elevation Low Point: 1,543
Elevation High Point: 1,750
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails Facebook Page

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Greater Hazleton Area Civic Partnership
8 W Broad St, Suite M-1490
Hazleton, PA 18201
(570) 455-1509 ext. 110
[email protected]



A section of the Lehigh Gorge Trail, near Jim Thorpe, PA. Photo by Listroiderbob2.

A section of the Lehigh Gorge Trail, near Jim Thorpe, PA. Photo by Listroiderbob2.

Fall Hazleton Rails to Trails. Photo by Jerome Machey.

Fall Hazleton Rails to Trails. Photo by Jerome Machey.


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