The Greater Forest City Area offers its residents and visitors a four-season playground of recreational opportunities.
The D & H Rail-Trail
The D & H Rail-Trail is 38 miles long and runs through Forest City, beginning from the Simpson Viaduct at Route 171 north to the New York State border, generally following the eastern border of Susquehanna County.
The 10 miles of the D & H from Forest City to Herrick is in the best condition for running, hiking and biking. The trail provides river access for fishing, nature study and kayaking. Stroll, run, cycle, cross-country ski, horseback ride, snowmobile or walk the dog along the trail. Or stop along the trail to eat at an area restaurant, browse through a local artisan’s shop or antique store, and spend the night at a local inn.
The Rail-Trail Council of NEPA offers free events all year long. Winter Trail Days include discovery walks, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing and kiking. Spring, Summer and Fall offer bike clinics and rides, yoga walks and local-artists featured events. Each September the annual D & H Half Marathon starts and finishes at the Forest City trail-head.
Trail use is free and open to the public from dawn to dusk. For more information on trail maps, a complete listing of events and trail conditions, visit: www.nepa-rail-trail.org
Kennedy Park, located on PA Route 247, five blocks from Main Street, offers a variety of recreation opportunities for all ages. Regulation, lighted little-league baseball field is the hallmark of the park that also includes a basketball court, tennis court, playground, fishing pond and disc-golf course. An upper field is used for youth sports leagues while a covered pavilion and gazebo are available for use. The park plays hosts to summertime family-oriented events, including seasonal firework displays.
Elk Mountain Ski Resort
Elk Mountain Ski Resort is a ski area in the Endless Mountains on the summit of North Knob in Herrick Township, Susquehanna County, near Union Dale, Pennsylvania, just a 15 minute drive from Main Street, Forest City.
Elk Mountain rises to a top elevation of 2,692 ft, the highest lift-serviced peak in eastern Pennsylvania. Elk has a 1,000 ft vertical drop, 27 trails (6 greens, 10 blues and 11 diamonds) and two terrain parks. Five double chair lifts and a fixed-grip quad chair lift provide access to the top of the mountain. Four of the lifts, including the quad, run from the base to the summit of the mountain. Most ski runs are groomed, but a few are allowed to bump up, or become moguled, to allow for additional challenge. The mountain receives, on average, 5 feet of natural snow per seasons. Snowmaking covers 100% of the 180 acres of skiable terrain. The base complex features a day lodge, guest services, ski school center, restaurant, rentals, and a ski-and-snowboard shop. Visit: www.elkskier.com
Panorama Golf Course
Panorama Golf Course, located along Route 247, just five minutes from downtown Forest City, is a 18 Hole Championship Golf Course measuring 7,256 yards from the back tees. Visit: www.panoramagc.com
Stillwater Dam & Lake
The Stillwater Dam is an embankment dam on the Lackawanna River in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. It is located along Route 171, just 3.2 mi north of Forest City and was completed in September 1960. The primary purpose of the dam is flood control and its reservoir is usually maintained at low levels for that purpose. The scenic overlook can be seen and accessed from the D & H Rail-Trail system. Stillwater Lake is used for fishing.
NEP Sno Trails
With over 200 trail miles, NEP Sno Trails is one of the largest trail systems in the state of Pennsylvania that is operated and maintained by a single organization. Your annual dues provide access to amazing trails in a safe, well groomed environment. By becoming a member of NEP Sno Trails you gain access to the D & H Rail-Trail when winter conditions permit. Visit: www.nepsnotrails.com