Near Wilkes Barre in Lackawanna State Forest, the 8,000 acre Lackawanna State Forest has 24 miles of snowmobile trails in the Thornhurst area.
To reach the snowmobiling trailhead for the Thornhurst Snowmobile Trail from Wilkes Barre, head south on SR 115. Left at a blinking light 5 miles south of Bear Creek exit of Turnpike. Turn right and proceed 2 miles to Pinchot trailhead.
Or, from US80, take exit 43 and go north on Pennsylvania 115 for 5.7 miles, passing through Blakeslee. Then, turn right on State Route 2040/River Road for Thornhurst, 4.5 miles. Go 0.3 miles past Thornhurst, turn left on S.R. 2016/Bear Lake Road to reach the trailhead on the right in 4 miles. The trail may also be accessed via US380: Take exit 6, go north on Pennsylvania 435 and west on River Road (here S.R. 2013 to Bear Lake Road and turn right.
While snowmobiling Lackawanna State Forest, all snowmobiles must have a valid registration with the Pennsylvania Department Of Conservation And Natural Resources. The registration can be obtained from the PA DOC directly or through one of 1,000 dealers in the state. For more details on snowmobile registration for snowmobiling at the Thornhurst Snowmobile Trail, you can call the PA DOC at (866) 545-2476.