Work is undewrway to improve the trail surface at the Luzerne Borough trail head on Parry Street. Users should enjoy a smoother ride along the southern end of the Back Mountain Trail.
Hanover Towhship has been awarded a $1,000,000 Transportation Alternatives Set Aside grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). This award is for the improvements to the existing rail bed from Mountain Top to near Laurel Run Borough in Luzerne County. Hanover Township is the municipal sponsor for this 5 mile segment of the Delaware & Lehigh Trail, which is owned and operated by ASTA. This trail segment will partially fill a significant gap at the northern end of the 165-mile Delaware and Lehigh Trail.
Almost four hundred runners turned out for the inaugral New Year's Eve Back Mountain Trail 5k Race. The trail offered a fantastic setting and a great great venue for this 5k for all skill levels. At least twenty volunteers assisted, and forty-one sponsors contributed to the event.
The 2021 race drew national attention.
Plans are underway for the 2022 New Year's Eve 5k featuring more registration slots and plenty of activities in Luzerne Borough preceding the race.
The Anthracite Scenic Trails Association has been awarded a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). This grant is for the design of a connector from the Back Mountain Trail in Luzerne Borough to Main Street in Edwardsville. This 1.3 mile trail will use land of the Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority.
Volunteers at work installing the latest memorial bench on the Bach Mountain Trail. This crew from Wilkes College were able to place the latest memorial bench, dedicated to Sharon Rice. Bench sponsorships are always welcome. Although some of our trails are short, many users appreciate the benches as a place to rest or just enjoy the trail atmosphere.
A line of volunteers at work blowing leaves off the trail. This crew from the Back Mountain Trail Council are using the powerblower, along with conventional blowers. With military precision, this group makes quick work of the clean-up.