This trail is a combination of canal towpath and rail-trail. On the east side of the Lehigh River, the trail follows the earthen canal towpath. On the west side of the river, the trail follows a rail-trail of crushed stone, between Slatington and the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. Through Lehigh Gap, the trail follows a railroad grade of medium-size ballast, with compact fines and limited rough and wet riding.
The 7.75-mile section between Walnutport and Bowmanstown follows canal towpath and old railroad grades through the unique canal towns of Walnutport and Slatington, and winds through the Lehigh Gap past Palmerton and into Bowmanstown.
Note: The trail is suitable for wheelchair user only south of the Lehigh Gap.
Parking and Trail Access
Access the trail in Walnutport (Main St. to Lehigh St.) at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center (Rt. 873 to Paint Mill Rd.), and at the East Penn Township Boat Launch (Rt. 895 to Riverview Rd.).
D & L Trail - Cementon to Bowmanstown - See D & L Trail Asher F. Boyer
This is a very nice trail, one of the best in the area. Good for walking, jogging and biking. Picnic tables and benches are located all along the entire trail. Trail is flat with great scenery on both sides. In Slatington there are places to stop and ...
Updating...the section in Northampton Canal Park is not for bicycles
I confirmed this with the Northampton assistant borough manager. You can still use Canal Street, a relatively lightly-traveled street, to reach the new Cementon trailhead, and I have corrected the Google Maps site that shows it as a bike path. For what ...
Is the section through Northampton Canal Park to Rt. 329 OK for bikes?
This is section through Northampton Canal Park. It's paved, and is close to the river. However it is also prominently signed "no bicycles" . We enjoyed riding that section very much yesterday...even if we were breaking the law...