Summer vacation looks a bit different this year with many people canceling travel plans. The Susquehanna County Independent & Weekender invite you to take advantage take advantage of the time and explore your own backyard.
This is the second installment of a six-part series, publishing every other week through the end of September, we will introduce you to places to visit, along with things to do and see, right here in Susquehanna County.
We’ve divided the county up into six regions. In this edition of the Summer Staycation series we take you to Tri-Boro area of Susquehanna Depot, Lanesboro and Oakland Borough, in the northeast corner of the county.
So gather your friends and family and get started on the road to discover the place you call home.
The Tri-Boros: Susquehanna, Oakland and Lanesboro
Kick off your visit to the Tr-Borough area with a stop at the historic Starrucca Viaduct in Lanesboro.
This bluestone railroad bridge was completed in 1848 and is the oldest railroad bridge still in use in the state.
There is parking available at Luciana Park and a picnic area that allows for dining while taking in the viaduct view. Hikers can also step off from this point on the Rail-Trail Council of NEPA’s D&H Trail. Visit neparailtrails.org for more information about the trail and its history.
Susquehanna Depot has been experiencing a revitalization over the past several years. Pocket parks have emerged throughout the town with the Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County currently in the process of completing “Viaduct Park” with Butch Coleman of Endless Mountain Stone Company, in a vacant lot located in the Main Street business district, and will feature a stone replica of the Starrucca Viaduct.
The walking path of the Ira Reynolds Riverfront Park recently opened to pedestrians. The walking path is nearly one mile long and features beautiful views.
There are several dining options found in Susquehanna, including the Main St.Café, which offers up a family-friendly atmosphere and diner style fare.
The Iron Horse Brewing Company opened this year, bringing a craft brewery to the town with a full-service restaurant.
Oakland Borough will host a community yard sale and vendor event this Saturday, Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with proceeds benefiting Oakland Park.
South of Susquehanna and Oakland boroughs on Route 171 is the Priesthood Restoration Site in Oakland Township, constructed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church founder Joseph Smith is said to have translated much of the Book of Mormon, while residing in the area with his wife, Emma Hale. The site is open to the public and features historic landscapes, three monuments, two reconstructed homes, and a visitors’ center.