In 2012, Futurescapes spearheaded an effort to address riverfront recreation along the Susquehanna River in Sayre and Athens . Partnering with both boroughs as well as other key organizations, the Diahoga Trail was designed, funding was obtained, and the trail was completed in November 2019.
The trail is about 1.75 miles long and connects the Athens Susquehanna River Bridge to the Hayden Street/Higgins Avenue plateau in Sayre, with a second phase being explored that would extend the trail northward. Along the trail, one can connect to the Destiny Kinal River Loop, a quarter-mile loop off the northern section of Diahoga Trail. The trail also connects to the Valley Playland in Athens and Riverfront Park in Sayre.
The scenic trail meanders through the woods in the northern section, then becomes narrower as it travels in Athens along the river bank that was stabilized after the 2011 flood. Soon, one will be able to stop to rest and enjoy the river on one of the five memorial benches to be placed along the river later this summer.
Those driving to access the trail can park at one of the parking lots along the trail. In Sayre, at Riverfront Park follow the road back to the river and the lot is near the boat launch. The trail runs both north and south of this parking lot. In Athens, ADA access is available via a ramp across from the parking lot on River Street near the Valley Playland and Borough Hall. The trail also runs north and south from this point. Signs of interest about flora and fauna along the river and indigenous peoples who once inhabited the area are posted along the trailheads near the parking lots.
The trail was built with over $500,000 in funding from PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program, PennDOT Multi-Modal grant, PA Commonwealth Finance Authority, Endless Mountains Heritage Region, and the Donald Guthrie Foundation. Bradford County, Sayre Borough, Athens Borough, Civil and Environmental Consultants, and Todd Babcock, PLS all committed cash funds and/or in-kind services to provide the match needed for the grants and assist in completing this project.
Futurescapes would like to thank its partners, without whom this envisioned project would never have become a reality:
Athens Borough, Sayre Borough, Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission, Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, Bradford County Planning Commission, Bradford County Conservation District, Endless Mountains Heritage Region, Civil and Environmental Consultants, Todd Babcock, PLS, Binghamton University, Hunt Engineering, Stiffler McGraw, Carantouan Greenway, Athens Township Parks and Recreation, and the Valley Joint Sewer Authority.