Erie Lackawanna Trail
Like its users, the Erie-L is a trail of many personalities. The southern portion of the trail, built along a grassy right-of-way of unusually enormous width, passes through tranquil fields, wetlands and neighborhoods.
Trail designers took advantage of the extra space and gave the asphalt a tight, wavy, sinusoidal pattern, a unique twist on the typically straight or mildly arced course of rail-trails. Beautiful new trailheads adorned with gazebos, benches and painted brick surfacing invite unplanned stops.
Toward Griffith and Highland, the trail becomes more of a busy neighborhood fixture, passing several schools, the old town centers, crossing active railroads and multi-lane streets. The trail ends unceremoniously to the north in a corner of Highland near I-94 amidst a string of soaring electric towers disappearing into the horizon.