The Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority (LHVA), based in Scranton, owns and maintains the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail system with sections in Susquehanna, Wayne, Lackawanna, and Luzerne counties. The trails parallel the Lackawanna River and are used heavily by runners, walkers, and cyclists. The trail system covers 70 miles in total. The Heritage Explorer Bike Tour, Scranton Half-Marathon, Steamtown Marathon, Riverfest, the Great NEPA Clean-Up, and Electric City Runners all use the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail System and the Lackawanna River for annual events.
Very easy access is provided by 30 trailheads along the route. Trailheads can be found in Uniondale, Forest City, Simpson, Carbondale, Carbondale Township, Mayfield, Jermyn, Archbald, Jessup, Olyphant, Blakely, Dickson City, and Scranton. Large sections have been recently paved. Parking is available at most trailheads but traffic is not allowed on the trail. The trails are great areas to view fall foliage. Differing lengths of the various sections make the trails appealing to everyone from casual walkers to ultra-marathoners.