The PA Highlands Trail Network (PHTN) includes several existing trails of note. This is the first in a series of posts intended to introduce each of the proposed co-aligned PHTN trails beginning at the Delaware River and traversing the entire PA Highlands region to the Susquehanna River, and ultimately down to the Maryland border.
Heading west from the Delaware River at Riegelsville, PA, the first co-aligned trail of the PHTN is the D&L Trail. Coordinated by the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, the 165 mile D&L Trail follows the canal towpaths along both the Lehigh River and the Delaware River. The stretch of the D&L that falls within the boundaries of the PA Highlands region runs along the Lehigh Canal towpath between Bethlehem and Easton. From Easton the towpath follows the Delaware Canal to within just a few miles of New Hope.
The PHTN would follow two potential routes along the D&L Trail beginning at Riegelsville, PA: a 'Northern Route' would follow the towpath all the way to Bethlehem where it would cross the Lehigh River and pick up the South Bethlehem Greenway; a 'Southern Route' would follow the towpath south from Riegelsville for approximately 4 miles before heading west through Ringing Rocks County Park.
To access information about the D&L Trail from your mobile phone (including maps and directions to dozens of other recreational destinations within the PA Highlands), visit AMC's Highlands Mobile page. To find an excellent set of detailed D&L Trail maps click here.
Check back for the next installment in the series about PHTN co-aligned trails when we take a look at the South Bethlehem Greenway.
Labels: Delaware and Lehigh Trail, hiking, Pennsylvania Highlands Trail, regional trail network