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Get Outdoors with the Lackawanna County Visitors Bureau

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An Abundance of Outdoor Adventure Awaits in Picturesque Lackawanna County

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2020 River of the Year

The Lackawanna River is a tremendous asset to Lackawanna County, providing people with endless recreational opportunities. This year, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has recognized the Lackawanna with their prestigious River of the Year award.

Whether you enjoy paddling your kayak, angling for a trophy trout, or having a relaxing picnic with Mother Nature, the Lackawanna River is ideal for a memorable summer adventure. Enjoy the river via multiple access points throughout Lackawanna County.

Thanks to the diligent work of the Lackawanna River Conservation Association (LRCA), the River is immaculately clean. They are always working on enhancements to the River, the River trails, access points, and watersheds. Not only does the LRCA do a fantastic job preserving the Lackawanna River, but they also throw one heck of a party. LRCA events are a wonderful way to enjoy all the Lackawanna River has to offer. In addition to their signature annual events, RiverFest and ShiverFest.


Photo by Michael Straub Photography


Lackawanna River Heritage Trail

The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail stretches more than 70 miles. Located amid the mountains and along the Lackawanna River, this trail is an artery that connects more than 30 communities through Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, and Wayne Counties.

Explore Scranton’s Elm St. Trailhead section and you will find rock carvings of wildlife, a sculpture of a Haudenosaunee Chief, and an amphitheater that pays homage to the area’s Native American heritage.

Enjoy walking, running, and cycling, or find the sections of the trail, municipal parks, and green spaces that provide easy access to fly fishing and kayaking along the Lackawanna River.


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Blaze Our Trails

Unplug, look up from your screens, and come experience our breathtaking parks. Forget about HD, 3D, and 4G, and soak in the natural beauty – it’s in the highest definition possible. If you are in search of adventure, you can hike, bike, fish, hunt, kayak, or camp surrounded by scenic vistas and mountaintop views. Whatever outdoor activity you prefer, you’ll find it waiting for you in beautiful Lackawanna County.


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Lackawanna State Park

Get back to nature at Lackawanna State Park. The 1,445-acre park, which is open 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset, offers endless adventures. Whether you kick back and relax or pursue something adventurous, you’ll be sure to hear the call of the wild.


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Adventure Awaits All Year Round

Adventure seekers, you have come to the right place. Lackawanna County is an outdoorsman’s paradise with breathtaking views and scenery, four picture-perfect seasons, and endless options to explore them all. Whether you enjoy biking, fishing, hunting, or horseback riding, there is an adventure waiting in every season.


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Lackawanna County is loaded with Instagram-worthy stops

Spoil your followers with snaps of scenic overlooks, the cutest critters, waterfalls and dreamy forested paths. All over Lackawanna County, you’ll find inspiring backdrops for those impromptu photo shoots. Capture breathtaking vistas from easily accessible mountaintops. Drop into the valley to grab those cool, clear vibes by the riverside, or spread out in the park for an unforgettable family picnic. The opportunity for adventure truly is endless.

And, don’t forget to spread that Lackawanna County love. Share your adventure today. #VisitLackawannaPA

Instagram photos provided courtesy of Lackawanna County Visitors Bureau. Featured photo by Instagram user @caeden_everett.

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