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Pennsylvania

Lehigh Canal Heritage Trail

photo: Lehigh Canal in Walnutport. Photo by Shuvaev wiki.

Length: 6.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Rail Trail
Agency: Commission
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Camping
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Fishing
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating

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Location: Rural, Weissport.
State(s): Pennsylvania
Counties:
Longitude: -75.70039
Latitude: 40.831191

Driving Directions

The park is 2 miles from the NE extension of the Penna Turnpike. Exit at Mahoning Valley. Take Rt. 209 direction Leighton. At 1st light turn Right into Weissport where you can see the canal parking lot and trail.

Description

Under development is a 160-mile long trail that will intersect with the Appalachian Trail and over twenty others. Currently, you can hike between Catasauqua and Bristol, Pennsylvania on a restored towpath following the Lehigh Navigation System and the Delaware Division of the Pennsylvania Canal System. The trail follows beside the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers, passing through bucolic countryside and teeming municipalities. The towpath is continuous for approximately 13 miles from Allentown to Easton, paralleling the historic Lehigh Canal. Most of the canal is watered, while the remaining sections have become natural areas filled with wildlife and native plant communities. Fallen industries along the Lehigh River can be viewed from the trail, and the river islands serve as oases for the osprey, great blue heron, and other watershed birds and wildlife.

Additional Details

Width: 127 inches.
Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1979

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Christina van Gelder
Secretary/Treasurer
Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission
P.O. Box 29
Lehighton, PA 18235
(610) 377-3856
[email protected]

 

Photos

Bourough Park Weissport. Photo by Shuvaev wiki.

Bourough Park Weissport. Photo by Shuvaev wiki.

Lehigh River in Walnutport. Photo by Shuvaev wiki.

Lehigh River in Walnutport. Photo by Shuvaev wiki.

 

Lehigh Canal in Walnutport. Photo by Shuvaev wiki.

Lehigh Canal in Walnutport. Photo by Shuvaev wiki.

Lehigh Canal in Freemansburg. Photo by Shuvaev wiki.

Lehigh Canal in Freemansburg. Photo by Shuvaev wiki.

 

Lehigh River. Photo by Malepheasant wiki.

Lehigh River. Photo by Malepheasant wiki.

Lehigh Canal Bethlehem. Photo by Shuvaev wiki.

Lehigh Canal Bethlehem. Photo by Shuvaev wiki.

 

Bridge over Lehigh Canal Bethlehem. Photo by Shuvaev wiki.

Bridge over Lehigh Canal Bethlehem. Photo by Shuvaev wiki.

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