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This section of the Delaware and Lehigh (D & L) National Heritage Corridor connects Slatington to Northampton. It is dedicated to the memory of Asher F. Boyer, an Eagle Scout who worked on a project to help establish this section of trail.
With this new section, 15 miles of trail now skirt the western side of the Lehigh River from the Cementon Trailhead near Route 329 in Whitehall Township to the State Fish and Boat Commission boat launch near Route 248 in East Penn Township.
The trail follows the former Lehigh Valley Railroad and stacks of railroad timbers can still be seen in some areas. Your journey will entail a peaceful route through lush forests and towering rock cliffs with breathtaking views of the Lehigh River. The pathway is flat and coated with crushed limestone, a mineral native to the valley.
At the trail's northern end, it intersects with the Slate Heritage Trail, which travelers can follow west along Trout Creek for 3 miles to Slatedale. Or, trail-goers can continue north along the river nearly 8 miles through Lehigh Gap to the East Penn Township on another segment of the D & L Trail. Those wishing to learn more about the area's natural habitats and wildlife should be sure to stop at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center (8844 Paint Mill Road) along this segment.
Although facilities at the northern trailhead are currently under construction, a parking lot for the Slate Heritage Trail is only a short distance from this trailhead, just south of Main Street in Slatington.
On the southern end of the trail, limited parking is available at the Cementon Trailhead near Route 329 in Whitehall Township.
Trail is one of the best in the area. Surface is perfect, shaded during the summer, runs along the Lehigh River all the time. Here's that little problem, though, and it has nothing to do with the quality of the trail. According to the description on this site the trail continues past Route 329 (a little over 9 miles from Slatington) for a little over a mile or so. You're supposed to make a left on 329, go over the bridge, and take Canal Street In Northampton, then take the trail, again, past the small parking lot on your right. However, once you are on the asphalt trail the first thing you see on your right is a huge sign where they list all the NO's for their park, and on top of that very long list is "bikes." So according to this official sign you are NOT allowed to ride your bike inside the Canal Street Park, and the fine for breaking this rule is only $600. I would advise the TrailLink people to contact the town of Northampton, Pa and clarify this matter. Meanwhile, I would put the end of this section of the trail at Route 329. They actually have a parking lot here, parking lot that does not show on the TrailLink map.
This section of the D&L is beautiful with rock outcroppings, mountain laurel and river views. I have started at Cementon and headed north and back. And also started at Slatington and headed south and back. The advantage of starting in Slatington is the ample parking, picnic tables, covered pavilion and bathroom facilities. Plus there is a pizza shop across the street and often a food truck parked in the lot. After getting a bite to eat you can continue to ride north, stop to visit the Lehigh Gap Nature Center and continue on, or cross over the Lehigh to Walnutport and do the short Walnutport Canal Spur on the east side of the Lehigh. We recently rode on the Slate Heritage Trail which starts at the south end of the parking lot and follows Trout Creek but you can only go so far. It is still barricaded where the trail goes under the PA turnpike bride due to construction above.
Beautiful this time of year. Well maintained
I drove past the trailhead for years, and finally got the bike out again. Thank God for leisure time. Never thoght the day would come that this ole single tracker would ride a R2T, but I get a workout. The proximity to the Lehigh Gorge makes this a must for those biking along the Lehigh. Sal's Pizza tops the ride off. If you have time, drop by Boyer's Hardware, pick up a new washboard for mom, or a crock for sauer kraut. Take a moment to go to the Environmental Center up in the Gap. This whole trail, from Lehighton to Northampton is smooth, and long :)
Out of towners, vacationing in Jim Thorpe, in our 60's and on a hybrid tandem. After doing the 25 mile White Haven to Jim Thorpe we were looking for a second ride. Great reviews on this section and we are glad we did it. Wanted to do about 20 miles and visit the Lehigh Gap Nature Center so we got on the trail at Rt 145 and River Dr. This is a beautiful trail along the river with mature trees providing a full canopy for most of it and rock walls and rhododendrons along the way. Ate our packed lunch at the nature center and the volunteer on duty was very friendly and showed us around the building. We biked another half mile or so into the gap and turned around to head back to our car. Did just over 20 miles and thoroughly enjoyed the ride. This section of the trail is wide and in very good shape.
The only con was that there were 6 or 7 road/driveway crossings with gate, and post to the left of the gate, and these are a pain with a tandem but we highly recommend this trail.
Nice, easy ride but don't forget money or food like we did! There are a few cornfields along the way so watch out for deer crossing! Also ran over a snake up near the Appalachian Trail! Smoothest trail we've been on in this area-lots of scenic overlooks!
Rode it a couple years ago. Even better than I remember it! Paved, runs right next to the river, and is heavily sheltered in the woods. Definitely a favorite.
We truly enjoyed our bike ride today on this section of the D&L with unseasonable temps in the 70's. The trail is in perfect shape. We picked up the trail in Cementon (near Northhampton) and headed north. We didn't quite make it to Slatington and turned around and headed back to our starting point.
I hike this trail a lot, but a couple weeks ago about a mile from Slatington I rounded a corner by some houses and there were two large black dogs on the trail ! They had collars, but no one was around. They started growling and coming towards me, so I backed away and headed back towards Northampton. Not an enjoyable hike thanks to an irresponsible dog owner. Have to start carrying pepper spray.
Rode from Cementon trailhead north just into Carbon County through the Lehigh Gap yesterday (a little more than 25 miles round trip). The trail has an extraordinarily well maintained and wide surface, lots of picnic tables along the way, good rest room facilities in Slatington and at the Lehigh Gap. This section of trail is good for all ages. Although there are a few private drives that intersect (never saw a car on any of them), the only meaningful road crossing is in Slatington and it is a well marked pedestrian crossing but requires care nonetheless since it is a busy road. Unfortunately, did not get to see the Lehigh Gap Nature Center as it was closed for the day. But, still worth the trip to the Gap for the gorgeous views of Blue Mountain. Great ride!
Vary nice trail with very little traffic (human and vehicular crossings)
I run or bike on this trail nearly every weekend. It's beautiful and well maintained with very few road crossings. It's my training ground for the D&L Half Marathon held in November of each year, a must do if you are a distance runner or walker!
Started from the south and went north about 7 miles and came back.
Very nice ride. Even passing by the few homes here and there were picturesque and interesting.
Next time I'll start from the north and go south. It's a pretty long ride! :)
Beautiful trail. There is another parking area on cove road just south of where 145 crosses the Lehigh river
I rode this trail twice from Slatington to Cementon and back, and today I rode it to Weisport. Lots of nice scenery and if you keep your eyes open you just might see some deer or a bald eagle.
We walked the 5+ miles from the Cove Road (Treichlers) trailhead to Slatington. Gorgeous, with a very nice canopy of trees that provided welcome relief from a hot sun. The Slatington trailhead was dedicated on May 17th, and includes parking and restrooms. It's adjacent to several commercial establishments, including a pizzeria and A. F. Boyer Hardware, owned by the father of Asher F. Boyer, for whom this section of trail is named.
It's easy to access the Slate Heritage trail from this trailhead as well.
Today we walked the stretch between Cementon and Laurys Station. Nicely shaded, with the southernmost mile situated between the shale formations and the Lehigh. Easy grade, good surface. About the only downside is that you're close to Rt. 145 traffic noise as you make your way north...
It was our first outing for the year. Nice trail, well maintained, long straight aways. Since it is early spring no leaves on the trees made for somewhat of a boring ride. Nice parking area at the trail head in Slatington.
Great bike trail which is well maintained. A flat trail which follows the Lehigh river is mostly shaded though there are some stretches in the sun. We'll be back again in the fall.
The Asher Boyer D & L trail is one of the very best Rails to Trails I have ridden and I have done almost forty of them. I just hope that Asher is looking down to see the great job that has been done on this trail. There is lots of shade, Picnic tables, park benches, signage with the miles to the next trail head, mile markers and great views of the Leigh River from one end to the other. I do not give out five stars but I would give this trail four and a half. You could ride this on a road bike but I did it on an older Mt bike with a town and country tire. It was a very windy day and being sheltered was a great help in making this a great ride. The trail is now open from Main st Rt 329 in North Whitehall all the way to Slatington. This is a family friendly ride and if you live or are in the Allentown area you should put this on your bucket list
This is one of the best trails in the area. Great views along the whole trail. There is also many access points along the trail to fish the river! Great for bikes, walking, jogging, or taking the dog for a walk.
As noted in reviews by othesr, this is a wonderful trail. It's was just completed in the past year or so and is in excellent condition. No washouts, ruts or unfinished sections.
And best of all, the trail is now finished from Cementon all the way to Slatington. Last fall, the section from Cementon to Laury's Station was still under construction. It's now complete and makes for a wonderful ride. The entire route is very fine crushed stone that has been packed hard from many riders. So it's very easy riding with the exception of a few very short sections that are a little mushy due to dampness. These areas will likely dry out in warmer weather.
The entire trail runs along the Lehigh River with local residences and hunting cabins dotting the landscape. At several points north of Laury's Station, there are large rock outcroppings that are right along the river where you can sit and enjoy the brisk flowing river.
I would not suggest riding this trail (especially from Laury's Station to Slatington) on a cool day as much of the trail is shaded on the south side by forest and hills. So it doesn't get a great deal of sun. And any breeze coming from the north will pick up the cool air over the river. Of course on a hot summer day, this would be a great place to ride where you won't be sweating much.
There are a number of picnic tables (at least six) along the route. The best one is about halfway between Laury's Station and Slatington by a large rock outcropping overlooking the river.
There are several places to access the trail with very good parking.
-- Slatington - In town right on the west side of the river. Large parking area with future rest rooms (being built now) and an information center.
-- Laury's Station - On PA 145 in Treichlers just south of the bridge over the Lehigh river. Look for the D&L Rail Trail access road on the east side of the road about 1/4 mile south of the bridge. Ample parking.
-- Cementon - Right in town on Main street (PA 329) on the west side of the river. Large parking area on the north side of the road.
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. Parking at trailhead in Cementon is limited but you can park across the street. In Slatington there are places to stop and get something to eat. Rest rooms are being built in Slatington and should be open very soon. If you ride to Bowmanstown there are also places to eat. I hope in the future the trail may be extended from Cementon toward Coplay, it would be nice if it connect to the Ironton Rail Trail. As of now the trail was 33 mile round trip from Cementon to Bowmanstown and back. Was a very pleasant ride, can't wait for the leaves to change and do it again.
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