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Northumberland Rail Trail

Northumberland Rail Trail

Northumberland Rail Trail


About the Northumberland County Rail Trail Master Plan

The Northumberland County Rail Trail Master Plan is a public process to determine the feasibility of creating a new recreational trail along the former Philadelphia and Reading railroad line in Northumberland County. The rail trail will connect the City of Sunbury with Mount Carmel Borough, traveling 36-miles through the communities of:

  • City of Sunbury (western end point)
  • Upper Augusta Township
  • Snydertown Borough
  • Shamokin Township
  • Coal Township
  • City of Shamokin
  • Mount Carmel Township
  • Mount Carmel Borough (eastern end point)


The rail trail is envisioned as a non-motorized recreation resource that will enhance the quality of life for area residents and attract visitors to our community and historic downtowns.

Planning Process

The 8-month master plan study is being led by the County’s Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) Authority, a public multi-municipal authority, with consultant support from Michael Baker International.

The process kicked-off in April 2021 and is on schedule to be completed in December 2021. Below are a few highlights of the study and the public engagement completed to date.

  • Steering Committee: A 26-person steering committee was formed to guide the master plan and sure the plan reflects local input and vision. Steering committee members include representatives from the county, each host municipality, local residents, and regional organizations such as the County’s Conservation District, SEDA-COG, and the Shikellamy School District.


  • Focus Groups with the Public: At the very beginning of the planning process, more than 40 community representatives were invited to participate in focus groups to provide local input on the overall need, vision, and desires for the proposed rail trail. These focus groups were held in June and shaped the initial preliminary concept plan.


  • One-on-One Interviews with Host Municipalities: The proposed trail alignment runs through eight municipalities. In August, the consultant team met individually with each municipality to gather additional local insight and to refine the working draft concept plan.


  • Public Meetings and Online Survey: This is where we need you! The preliminary draft concept plan will be presented at two public meetings on October 26 and 27. Please join us to provide your input, ask questions, and learn more. Additionally, please take our online survey! The survey findings will inform concept plan revisions and is a great way for the team to collect feedback from all members of the public near and far.

Public Meetings and Online Survey

Public Meeting #1

When:              Wednesday, October 27, 2021

                        5:00pm – 6:30pm

Where:             Northumberland County Administration Center

                        399 Stadium Drive, Sunbury, PA 17801


Public Meeting #2

When:              Thursday, October 28, 2021

                        5:00pm – 6:30pm

Where:             Northumberland County Career and Arts Center

                        2 East Arch Street, Shamokin, PA 17872

Online Survey

When:              Open now through November 5, 2021


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