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Support the Lackawaxen River Trails!

Help connect Honesdale to Hawley by trail, water and rail!

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The Wayne Pike Trails and Waterways Alliance, a group of dedicated community volunteers, is raising funds to support new trails along the Lackawaxen River. In 2019, a feasibility study was completed by Wayne County for a trail between Honesdale and Hawley along the Lackwaxen River. In 2020, trails across the country saw a HUGE uptick in foot traffic and we're eager to improve trail connectivity in Wayne County.

This year we turn vision into reality, and you can help!

The Wayne Pike Trails and Waterways Alliance (WPTWA) has partnered with Wayne County and the Borough of Honesdale to submit grants to the PA Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) to construct two public access points on the Lackawaxen River at 12th Street/Industrial Point and White Mills. These two will join a river access already completed in Hawley at Bingham Park and one which is planned for construction in 2022 at the Lock 31 property owned by the Wayne County Historical Society and another that is being explored at 4th street in Honesdale.

This five-point river trail in Wayne County will include improvements such as parking, ADA parking and short walking trails, riverbank ramps to launch canoes and kayaks, fishing access, and dry composting restrooms. These sites will be official PFBC access points, which will provide consistent rules and enforcement to protect the river and its use.

The WPTWA has established a fund at the Wayne County Community Foundation to be able to accept charitable donations in the form of check, cash, credit card or stock transfers. For more information about making a donation, visit waynefoundation.org or contact Ryanne Jennings at rjennings@waynefoundation.org.

As background to these grants, a Trail Feasibility Study, released in May 2020, found overwhelming support for a multi-use trail system from Honesdale to Hawley. In a public survey conducted as part of the sturdy, one question asked "Please indicate your general interest for the development of a multi-use trail along the Lackawaxen River corridor connecting Honesdale & Hawley.” 91% replied yes, 7% said maybe, 2% said no. Over the summer, the Trail Alliance consulted with the Fish & Boat Commission who were thrilled at the prospect of a river trail on the Lackawaxen. The Commission has stocked trout in the river for years but had no official public access. Creating a river trail along the Lackawaxen will be the first of many steps needed to create a multi-use trail to include those who hike and bike.

Can you help us? No donation is too big or too small!