New Section of Heritage Trail holds Hidden Treasures

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SCRANTON – A new two mile stretch of trail running along the Lackawanna River in Scranton, the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, officially opened today.

The section of trail between Scranton and Taylor offers a place to bike and run, as well as discover some hidden treasures from our area.

Riding, running and rollerblading – People looking to enjoy the great outdoors in Scranton now have a new section of trail to explore.

The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail opened a new two mile section from Elm Street in Scranton to Keyser Creek in Taylor – known as the CNJ Extention.

“It`s beautiful, it`s gorgeous, it`s paved on one side, traffic can go on it, it`s good for running, biking, walking fishing,” said Joe Donovan of Duryea.

Ann and Paul Oustrich of Taylor say this trail is something they plan to walk and bike often.

“Absolutely, we`re maybe two blocks from the start of the trail, and it`s perfect, like I said it`s perfect, we need something like this,” said Paul Oustrich.

Many people were already taking advantage of the new recreation space in Scranton before its official opening.

This new section of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail also connects people to lots of local history, culture and hidden art along it.

“We kept them all about three feet high,just so the kids could see them first and be more interested in their walk,” said Tom Austin.

Austin has carved, drawn and sketched more than a couple dozen pieces of art along the trail. His most prized is this larger than life Native American carving. He wants others to find his artwork and learn about the history and culture of the area as they explore the new path.

“Just enjoy, just enjoy everything, enjoy nature, enjoy this trail, it`s so peaceful and quiet here. That`s the reason I really wanted to do a lot of stuff around here,” said Austin.

People using the trail say it’s a beautiful addition to the 40 mile long recreation space along the Lackawanna River.