10/24/2011 2:50:08 PM
The Forks Township Rail Trail is one of my favorite trails to ride my bike and walk on. This is the former Lehigh & New England Railroad's Martins Creek Branch, which was abandoned in 1969. What I really enjoy is that it's kind of like two trails in one, as far as scenery goes. Starting at the southern trailhead off of Broadway and heading northward, the railbed passes through a pastoral setting of open farm fields as it descends towards the Delaware River. After passing the fields, the line enters a rock cut and reaches the river and Route 611, albeit high above them on a ledge. The trail then ends at the railroad bridge over Frutchey Hill Road, with a set of steps leading down to the road. Fall is a good time to visit this trail as great color is seen throughout. There is also a good deal of wildlife to be seen.