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Luzerne County Delivers with Outdoor Adventures and Scenic State Parks
“What to do? What to do? What to do?”
This is a common question here at the Visit Luzerne County office. Quite often, we hear it asked by residents and visitors alike. To be honest, there’s really no simple answer — especially as we head into the fall season. In Northeastern Pennsylvania, there is just so much to see and do. It’s hard to choose. We have a favorite saying around the office — “Pick your season, pick your passion.” Because when it comes to fall in Luzerne County, there’s a little something for everyone.
We’ve got hiking and biking trails for all skill levels. You can journey through the valley and along the mighty Susquehanna River. Climb your way to the top of our gorgeous mountains. Lose yourself in the peace and quiet of our countless state park trails. No matter which you choose, you’ll find yourself in awe before miles and miles of spectacular views.
And when your adventure comes to an end, that’s when the real fun begins. Luzerne County has local craft breweries, homegrown wineries, and possibly the best pizza around. It’s OK. You’ve earned it.
Hit the trail.
Go for a hike and check out the famous, changing NEPA fall colors. Choose one of the many scenic routes along the D&L Trail. The 165-mile trail system runs from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, PA.
Get the old bike out of the garage and cruise along the river on the Susquehanna Warrior Trail. The relatively flat path carries over 11 miles right alongside the Susquehanna River. Keep your eyes peeled for majestic bald eagles, blue herons and the occasional thirsty deer. The trail features several entry and exit points throughout Luzerne County.
Who doesn’t love a waterfall?
You can’t hike through Luzerne County without snapping a few waterfall pics. And, the perfect place to do just that is on the Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen State Park. This popular, yet challenging hike includes close up views of 22 different waterfalls. Pro tip: head out early to avoid congestion on the trail.
According to a survey conducted in 2019, Ricketts Glen was named the “#1 Tourist Attraction” in Luzerne County by both residents and visitors.
If you’re looking for a true mountain adventure, check out Nescopeck State Park in the southern end of Luzerne County. The park’s mountainous terrain features 19 miles of trails, beautiful wetlands, Nescopeck Creek and Lake Frances.
Make your way a little farther south and you’ll find the famous Lehigh Gorge State Park in White Haven. The gorge’s 26-mile trail follows the cool, clear Lehigh River all the way to Jim Thorpe.
All This Hiking, Biking and Exploring Deserves Some Kind of Reward
Yeah. You gotta’ try our pizza.
Want to experience a different kind of trail while you are in town? Who doesn’t love a good slice of pizza? We’ve got just the trail for you. Check out our popular Pizza Trail, where no two pies, or trays are the same.
On this trail, we cover the whole tasty spectrum of pizza. And, it’s all local. Go from sweet sauce (my favorite!!) to fried dough to cold pizza (Yes. Cold.) to Scamutz. Wait. You’ve never heard of Scamutz? Oh, you better get on this trail.
Whether you’re into hefty New York-style slices, baked Sicilian, classic round or square, our incredible pizza shops have got it all. And, in some places, you might even find a few rare toppings. Set out on a culinary adventure through Luzerne County. Go ahead and give those taste buds a good workout on the Pizza Trail.
Finish It All Off With a Cold One
Brew up some good times on our Beer, Wine and Shine Trail.
Another great “trail” to check out while you are in town (also another personal favorite) is our Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail. If your partial to microbrews, check out Susquehanna Brewing Company in Jenkins Township. You’re just in time for their delicious Pumpkin Ale.
Maybe you like a little BBQ with your brew. Head down the San Souci Highway to Benny Brewing Company. Their ultra-hoppy Hoppenstein IPA pairs perfectly with slow-smoked grub. You can also team up for the popular trivia night at North Slope Brewing in Dallas.
Our Beer, Wine and Shine Trail also makes stops at several unique, Luzerne County wineries.
Pair a trip to Ricketts Glen with a post-hike visit to Colonel Ricketts Hard Cider Winery in Benton. The popular cidery offers a wide selection of sweet, semi-sweet and semi-dry concoctions. They even feature new, fruit-infused ciders for a twist on the old classics.
And, if you’re out exploring Nescopeck State Park, you might want to fuel up at Honey Hole Winery in Drums. The pet-friendly winery features over 40 unique wines from the light and fruity to deep, rich reds. They also have a winery store and plenty of outdoor seating.
When it comes to beautiful Luzerne County, these are just a few of our favorite things. Get out there! Check em’ out! And, of course, let us know what you think.