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Best trails in Wilkes-Barre

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Looking for a great trail near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Ricketts Glen State Park or Hickory Run State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Seven Tubbs Nature Area or State Game Lands Number 168. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 7 easy trails in Wilkes-Barre ranging from 2.2 to 10.3 miles and from 784 to 1,925 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Wilkes-Barre
Top trails (13)
#1 - Seven Tubs Nature Area
Seven Tubbs Nature Area
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 52 m
Great hike. Follow the creek down to the reservoir to add distance, and a good 1.5 mile 6% grade climb back. Take a left at the reservoir to the top of the mountain for several acres of blueberries in June and August. Cross the power lines for a strenuous climb down to the base of the falls.Show more
#2 - Bear Creek Red and Gray Loop
Bear Creek Preserve
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 42 m
#3 - Bear Creek Red Loop Trail
Bear Creek Preserve
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
Woodland hike through rocky terrain with several primitive creek crossings.Show more
#4 - Bear Creek Preserve Waterfall via Purple Trail
Bear Creek Preserve
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
#5 - D & L Trail from Black Diamond Trailhead to White Haven
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 4 h 12 m
#6 - Bear Creek Preserve Waterfall and Purple Loop
Bear Creek Preserve
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 8 m
This is a loop trail with a couple of waterfalls. Well marked trails, but pay attention for them. Can be linked with other trails on the Preserve for a longer hike. There are a few decent uphill climbs, but nothing that is too strenuous. Show more
#7 - Sugar Notch Ridgetop Trail
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
A easy, kind of hidden trail that features a scenic overlook. 3.06 miles with a scenic view in the middle. Along the trail you will cross an old railroad bridge and walk along the Sugar Notch Stream. Show more
#8 - Laurel Run Trail
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h
#9 - Bald Mountain
Bald Mountain Preserve
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 48 m
As of August 2020, the map on this page has been updated to end at the powerlines. Beyond the powerlines is privately owned land not open to hikers. Please respect private lands and do not enter unless authorized.Show more
#10 - Joe Palooka Mountain
Pinchot State Forest
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
Joe Palooka Mountain/ Pinchot State Forest. Follow forest road stay to left, the 2nd rail to the right will be your return. Follow trail. Up then down for about 3/4 of a mile. Look to left for diagonal slabs of rock, leave trail short bushwhack to them follow the top of rock slabs with views of Wilkes Barre. To your right you will see a much larger and taller set of slabs of bedrock. Snake your way to them by following the lower ridge and then a slight bushwhack and go up the steep slabs for even better views. Follow this ridge in the opposite direction as tho heading back to the trail. Descend from the back of rocks the trail is right there. I mistakenly went right briefly. It is a left once you descend from them follow obvious trail heading in a general upwards direction. The trail becomes left defined and then practically nonexistent. Continue up to ridge bushwhacking heading towards the left and upwards, thus section has slightly thicker brush but it’s brief the ridge will be come apparent with more exposed rock slabs continue to follow them towards right. Much higher and wider city views from here. Again descending from back of rocks the return trail right there. Head right and follow down mountain where it reconnects towards the beginning Show more
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