D & L Trail - Lehigh Canal South

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If you feel like a stroll down the lazy river, then this is the trail for you. This peaceful trail follows the canal and Lehigh River for almost its entire length. This trail offers a variety of path surfaces—wide paved asphalt, wide crushed stone and single-track packed dirt. And its meandering route through the trees makes it delightful. You'll likely see lots of geese and ducks, along with some canoes and kayaks, in the canal.

The 150-mile Delaware and Lehigh Canal Navigation System, built from 1817 to 1845, brought anthracite coal from the east central portion of Pennsylvania to various parts of the East Coast. With the building of the canal, several canal towns sprang up. There is interesting history along this trail: Easton hosted one of only three public readings of the Declaration of Independence, and during colonial times, the Liberty Bell rested secretly in Allentown. In the future, all 150 miles of the canal system, from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, will be converted to trail.

Parking and Trail Access

To access the trail in Allentown, take U.S. 22 East and exit at Airport Road. Follow Airport Road south for about 2 miles, until it becomes Irving Street. Follow Irving Street 1.25 miles to Hanover Avenue. Go right on Hanover, which becomes Hamilton Street. Turn right onto Albert Street. At the stop sign, turn right, cross the railroad tracks, bear left and follow the canal through a small railroad underpass. Turn right at the fork then immediately left on the other side of the canal. Follow to a small parking area and entrance to the trail.

To access the trail from Easton, take U.S. 22 to the 25th Street South exit to Lehigh Drive, turn right and go 0.5 mile to the stop sign. Turn right and cross the old green Glendon Bridge. Then go right and follow the signs to the trailhead and picnic area.


First time trail user

   August, 2015 by antny570

This was the first time my wife and I used this trail. We parked at Canal Park (which was rather hard to find) and took the trail from there. We ate a packed lunch at Sand Island and enjoyed a view of the Lehigh River while we ate. As we continued into ...read more

Great for an afternoon!

   July, 2015 by jraber

We rode from Bethlehem town center all the way to Easton and back. There are several pick nick places along the route and the path is in good shape. Easton has a nice town center with lots of shops and eateries. The town has an iPhone and Android app ...read more

Wonderful trail for walkers, bikers, runners of all ages

   July, 2015 by lisekarpelrd

We live in Bethlehem, PA and can access this trail easily. It runs along the river and you would never know you're in a large city as you travel along. It is a mostly-flat trail and generally well-maintained. You will pass wild berry bushes (we've picked ...read more