NEPA Rail-Trail Council Plans 25th Anniversary


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The Rail-Trail Council of NEPA will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a day full of activities including “Art on the Trail” – a celebration of local art and crafts – on Saturday, June 25.

The public is invited to participate in a series of trail events, kicking off with the Art on the Trail from 10 am to 4 pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to admire and purchase the work of locals artists, which will be showcased in three historic Uniondale buildings: Cable’s Store, Robert Stark’s Susquehanna Studio and Mill (top), and the Masonic Lodge.

In addition to the art trail exhibit, special events taking place include:

·         11 am: A guided walk back in time with Pat Peltz and Lynn Conrad to learn about the history of Union Dale

·         1 pm: Children’s (and adult) nature photography class along the D&H Rail-Trail with Sherry Sparks (bring a camera)

·         2 pm: “Let’s Get Wet” – an exploration of what lives in the water near the D&H Rail-Trail with watershed specialist Cheryl Nolan

·         All Day: Take a trail ride on the “party bike.”

·         4 to 6 pm: A celebration with live music, food, and drink, held behind Susquehanna Studio.

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There will also be a raffle, giving guests a chance to win a beautiful handmade quilt donated by Rail-Trail Council Member Linda Leber, as well as many other beautiful items made and donated by the artists. Tickets are $1, and all proceeds go to continued trail maintenance and improvements. The winner will be drawn at 5 pm the day of the celebration.

The Rail-Trail Council of NEPA is a non-profit organization developing recreational trails in northeastern Pennsylvania. The office is located in the borough of Union Dale, Susquehanna County, in the Cables Store Building, alongside the D&H Rail-Trail.

The D&H Rail-Trail is 38 miles long from Simpson to the New York border near Susquehanna. Ten miles have been improved with a stone dust surface suitable for hybrid and mountain bikes. The improved section runs along the Upper Lackawanna River from Vandling to Herrick Center. It is also used by equestrians, runners and hikers. Other sections of the D&H are graded original railbed surface usable by mountain bikers and hikers.

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For more information on the anniversary celebration or the Rail-Trail Council, visit


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