From 1880 until well into the 20th century, Bangor and Portland Railway steam locomotives plied this corridor and others in the region, providing essential transportation services for the nearby quarries. Conrail bought the Plainfield Township Trail line in 1976, only to close it five years later. The township then bought the corridor and built the rail-trail.
A fine recreation destination for a variety of visitors, from walkers to mountain bikers, cross-country skiers and wheelchair users, the trail is well maintained and signed. Most of the pathway is surfaced with an unusual crushed red stone. Large trees line the trail on both sides, framing pretty views of Bushkill Creek as it meanders in and out of view.
The trail crosses the creek five times on charming wooden bridges. One on the southern end offers a particularly dramatic view of the creek far below. You can enter the trail at midpoint, or stop there for a rest; there is a parking area, picnic facilities and a trailhead.
This trail is actively used by equestrians. Even if you don't see a horse on the trail, you will pass pretty farms and see horses grazing in the fields. Be alert, as the trail crosses several roads.
On the northern end the trail crosses State Route 641. After this crossing, the trail surface changes to heavy ballast and is more difficult for cyclists. One mile farther up, the trail branches. Go right onto a narrow dirt pathway to Pen Argyl Road, or left up a steep grade that will level off quickly and wind around a working quarry. The quarry is fenced off for security, but you get a nice view all the same.
Parking and Trail Access
To reach the southern trailhead in Stockertown, take the Stockertown exit off of Route 33 and turn right at the first stop sign. At the next light, turn left onto Sullivan Trail Road. Continue about 0.75 mile and pass a power station on the right. Park in the lot past the power station.
To reach the midpoint trailhead, travel south out of Wind Gap on 115 (South Broadway). Turn left on East 3rd Street. Make a right onto Church Road then left on 633 Knitters Hill Road. The parking lot will be on your left.
There is no parking at the northern trailhead. This trail is wheelchair-accessible with the exception of the section north of State Route 641.
Always a pleasant ride!!!
Although this trail is always in good condition it has been updated since Hurricane Sandy with new railings at some points, picnic tables, benches, trial signs, trash & recycle containers and a new porta-potty at Knitters Hill Road/Merwath Road picnic ...
Newer Parking Area
The north end of this trail has a parking area off Rt 512 north of Wind Gap, right turn onto Buss ST, parking is on the left. Trail northward from north parking toward Pen Argyl is rougher. From Buss St south trail is well graded. Middle section of trail ...
Rode this trail early summer, very easy, steady and level, great for family rides and walks.