Lackawaxen PA: Where Two Rivers Meet
Settled in a valley in Upper Delaware Region, the sleepy village of Lackawaxen PA is found where the Delaware and Lackawaxen Rivers come together. In fact, “Lackawaxen,” is a Lenape name meaning “The Place where Two Rivers Meet”. Leni-Lenape and Seneca tribes used the land along these two rivers for hunting and trading. Afterward, the first Europeans arrived and settled the area in 1770.
During the 1800s, this Pike County town bustled with activity. In particular, local industry included logging, quarrying for Pennsylvania blue stone, shipping via the D & H canal, and rail traffic. By comparison, it is now pleasantly quiet with a subtle historic flavor.
The Stourbridge Line runs regular scenic rail excursions. Starting in Honesdale (the birthplace of the American Railroad) in Wayne County, the train travels through Hawley and along the Lackawaxen River to Lackawaxen. A variety of excursion events, suitable for all ages, occur throughout the year.
Historic Significance of Lackawaxen
Most famous in Lackawaxen is the Roebling Bridge. Constructed in 1848 by John A. Roebling, (the architect of the Brooklyn Bridge), the aqueduct is a National Civil Engineering Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. Additionally, it is purported to be the oldest remaining wire suspension bridge in America.
Also located in Lackawaxen PA is the Zane Grey Museum, part of the National Park Service. At one time, the famous author of western yarns called this Pike County village his home. Grey spent a great deal of time fishing and enjoying the river, just as we do today.
Recreation & Natural Beauty in Lackawaxen PA
Eagle watchers spot bald eagles all along the Lackawaxen River. Mostly seen during the winter months, dozens of eagles roost in trees along the river’s edge, occasionally swooping to grab dinner.
According to the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, there was just one eagle’s nest in Pennsylvania in the 1970s. Today, there are more than 200! In fact, nearly 200 bald eagles migrate in winter to fish along the Delaware and Hudson Rivers and their tributaries. In particular, the Lackawaxen River is one such tributary.
Bicycling. The Towpath Road follows the Lackawaxen River from Kimbles to Lackawaxen. Without a doubt, the unmatched river views make this an excellent bike route. The mostly flat road meanders peacefully for about 13 miles along the river. Although there are some significant hills at the beginning, it flattens out early on. Because I hate climbing hills, I usually park my car at the bottom of the last hill! Once we reached Lackawaxen, my husband and I enjoyed lunch with river views at Two River Junction before biking back to Kimbles.
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