One of the main hiking trails through Upstate the PA and the Valley of the Susquehanna region is the Loyalsock trail which spans to the PA Wilds, paralleling Loyalsock Creek and following the mountain ridges. The trail offers a multitude of vistas for 59 miles and travels through Worlds End State Park.
Old railroad beds have become host to several Rails-to-Trails. These flat trails are perfect for hiking, biking, group outings, and families with children. The Lehigh Gorge, which runs for 26 miles from White Haven to Jim Thorpe, offers several areas to rest and take in the natural beauty and wildlife. Also check out the D&H Trail (32 miles) and the O&W Trail (20 miles) for different scenery and terrain. Find out more at www.nepa-rail-trails.org.
You'll also find several family friendly wildlife animal parks and preserves in this region, including Clyde Peelings Reptiland and T&D Cats of the World.
In the past, this region depended on coal mining and railroads. Now, most of the coal mining and railroad activity takes place at attractions such as Eckley's Miners Village, where reenactments depict the hardships of mining families; at the Lackawanna Coal Mine, where coal cars take visitors 500 feet below ground into total darkness; and at Steamtown National Historic Site and the Trolley Museum, which depict how steam-engine trains and trolleys helped shape the region.