March 24, 2022
The Lehigh Valley starts to bloom along with the flowers when spring time rolls around. Whether you're crossing the bridge from Phillipsburg or taking a trip down from the Poconos, the Lehigh Valley is just a quick drive away. The valley is loaded with beautiful outdoor trails, known for their scenic views, river activities, history, and more. This blog post will explore some of those trails, so you can plan your next outdoor adventure in the Lehigh Valley!
BETHLEHEM GREENWAY TRAIL
The Bethlehem Greenway Trail is about 1.9 miles long, located in Northhampton, PA. The South Bethlehem Greenway is a linear park that follows a former Norfolk Southern rail line through the southern neighborhoods of Bethlehem. The paved pathway begins just north of Lehigh University and travels about 2 miles east and south to end just outside of Saucon Park. This trail is great for activities such as running, walking, and even biking. You're also able to see the historic Bethlehem Steel Stacks from the trail. The trail is open year-round.
If you're looking for a trail that’s a little bit longer, and quiet, explore this 4.50 mile, loop trail in Bethlehem, PA. Monocacy way is one of the easier routes, taking an average of 1 h 53 min to complete. This trail is great for hiking, trail running, and walking. This trail is great for kids and dogs because it's mostly shaded by trees. The Monocacy river is parallel to the trail, making it convenient for your pets to grab a drink and cool down! The trail is open year-round!
D&L TRAIL FREEMANSBURG TRAIL HEAD
The entire D&L trail runs 165-miles. The Freemansburg trailhead is on a historic canal towpath and the trail surface is narrow and in places has rocks and roots. It follows the canal towpath and passes Lock 44 and Lockhouse at the Freemansburg Education Center. Continuing east, the trail also passes Lock 45 and chimney remains of a lockhouse in Bethlehem Township. This trail is known for hiking, walking, running, biking, and bird watching. There are great views of the river from the trail and the wildlife is with you the whole way. The trail is open year-round, but the best times to visit are March through September. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a leash.
SAUCON RAIL TRAIL
If you're coming to Lehigh Valley for a challenge you must visit the Saucon rail trail. Near Center Valley, Pennsylvania, this 12.6 mile hike takes about 5 hours and 17 minutes to complete. It’s an out and back trail and is considered an easy trail to hike. The Saucon rail trail is known for hiking, mountain biking, and trail running. It's unlikely you'll encounter other people while exploring, for the trail is less populated compared to others in the Lehigh Valley. The trail is open year-round, but the best times to visit are March through November.
There is so much to explore while visiting the Lehigh Valley. The valley is packed with beautiful outdoor trails and their scenic views are unforgettable. There are a bunch of other things to check out while you're here! Stop by Main street in Bethlehem and check out all the wide varieties of restaurants and shops. Make sure the Lehigh Valley is your stop for your next outdoor adventure.