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Transforming Railroads into Greenways!
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Why a Trail?




Why a Trail?

Bringing People and Nature Together

Safe Routes For A Multitude Of Uses

The Back Mountain Trail is your trail. You can cycle, walk, run, jog, cross-country ski, peacefully view the breathtaking fall foliage, wheelchair, push a stroller, walk the dog, commute to work or spend a quiet Sunday afternoon drinking in the fresh air and quiet solitude. When completed, the Back Mountain Trail will feature 13 miles of winding scenic routes linking rivers, streams and lakes while passing through valleys and around mountains.

Creating More Healthy Communities

Rail-trails are a sign of community health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, increased activity leads to healthier minds and bodies. The Back Mountain Trail is ideal for getting people up and moving because it is close to home, easy to use and free. It will link our neighborhoods and schools with nature preserves, parks, cultural features and historic areas. The trail will help make exercise more convenient and our neighborhoods more exercise-friendly. Just as the railroads built strong communities of the past, rail-trails will build the healthy communities of the future.

Good Trails Are Good Business

Rail-trails provide excellent recreation and transportation opportunities, preserve critical open space, create natural corridors for wildlife and enhance communities in the process. Trails are highly desirable destinations for an increasing number of people. Trail users need food, lodging, special clothes, shoes and equipment for running, hiking, biking, skating or skiing. Many of them buy souvenirs and other items during their trip. Just how much can a rail-trail impact a community? A major study of three rail-trails conducted by the National Park Service found that the total economic benefit for each of the three trails ranged from $1.2 million to $1.8 million per year. The study concluded that communities that have responded to trail users have profited generously. Many people already know that rail-trails are good for our communities, our health and our environment. Every day, more people are realizing that they also benefit our local economy.

A Distinctive Sense of Place

Besides providing an excellent leisure outlet, the Back Mountain Trail provides a convenient link between schools and natural areas. It offers the students of our communities a natural classroom for studying wildlife and ecosystems while also learning about their role in the future of greenways stewardship. By preserving this greenway, everyone benefits. Whether drinking in the beauty of the summer wildflowers, marvelling at nature's awesome beauty in the fall, hearing the new-fallen snow crunching under your feet in the winter or listening to the chirping of delighted birds in the spring... no matter what the season, the trail offers everyone a special place.

Dallas Community Greenway

From Five Corners, it is easy to walk to shops, schools, parks, the library, and a college. Simply stroll the streets of this small-town America and discover our beautiful Borough . The Back Mountain Trail will wind through residential areas and a Township Park avoiding busy SR 309. Until then, begin to explore this jewel we call Dallas.

Preserving History

Snorts of fire-breathing, smoke-belching steam locomotives no longer echo throughout the Wyoming Valley. For years, overgrown roadbeds and a few weathered trestles provided the only clues that rugged little trains once pulled loads of coal and passengers from Plymouth to Berwick, Harveys Lake to Luzerne and from Wilkes-Barre to White Haven and beyond. By transforming these abandoned railbeds into unique pathways to outdoor enjoyment and recreation, trail users can once again discover the magnificent scenery and panoramic views that once greeted local passengers along some of America's most historic railroad lines.

Last update: Friday, December 18, 2009 at 10:32:02 AM.