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Three Hundred Thousand (300,000) miles of railroad track once spread like an intricately woven web across the United States connecting the tiniest towns to the largest cities and creating the framework for the largest transportation system in the world. By 1980 many lines were sold and abandoned. In 1987, President Reagan's Commission on American Outdoors (PCAO) recommended a national system of greenways be developed. The newly formed Rails to Trails Conservancy pointed out that the backbone of the Greenways could be these railroad corridors which would preserve a colorful part of our national heritage while creating scenic byways to promote outdoor recreation and tourism. Since then, over 5000 miles of rails in many States have been converted to trails. A trans American route is underway.

In Pennsylvania, there are currently 144 rail/trails totaling over 900 miles being developed by local municipalities, State Parks, Land Trusts, County Parks and Recreation Departments, and Rail/Trail organizations. Our Trail in Luzerne County is proud to be part of this State and National program and the first County rail/trail with a segment finished!





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