Karl Stirner Arts Trail

Pennsylvania

Karl Stirner Arts Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Northampton
Length: 2.4 miles
Trail end points: 13th Street and Lafayette College
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 8391537
Trail activities: Bike, Fishing, Walking

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Karl Stirner Arts Trail Description

The trail winds along the Bushkill Creek connects the old Simon Silk Mill on 13th Street to Third Street at the base of the stone stairs leading up to Lafayette College. The trail is paved and though not complete, will have signage and art installations along the walkway.

The trail is named for Easton sculptor Karl Stirner, who has spent 25 years as a mentor and unofficial real estate agent, ushering aspiring artists to Easton. German-born Stirner started his art career at age 23. He was a professional drafter who served in World War II. He has held teaching positions at Tyler School of Art at Temple University and at Moore and Swarthmore colleges.

There are benches spread along the trail which runs along the Bushkill Creek and Route 22. The trail features the city's first dog park, which is situated just north of Route 22's Cemetery Curve. The dog park has separate penned areas for bigger dogs and smaller dogs.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available between Route 22 and the Bushkill Creek on 13th Street.

Karl Stirner Arts Trail Reviews

I park, on north 13th and rode my bike to the bridge by I think, 7th there was a curve rode to cross, I had to go back it looked danger, but the trail art trail, it self was great I enjoyed, it. hope to go back before it gets to cold.

My boyfriend dog and I walked this trail for the first time. I'm sure if you were riding a bike it might be too short. The bushkill runs parallel to it so there's plenty of chances to walk down to the water. I was also pleased to see a little fenced in dog park area that I could let my dog run around in and work off some energy! Over all, great trail!

This is a beautiful short trail, we rode from the parking area at 13th street to 3rd street where the trail is on sidewalks or on city streets. The reason for suggesting walking rather than biking is so that you slow down and enjoy all of the artwork along the trail.

Accordion

This is a very well maintained short trail for a walk or short bike ride. OK for small kids as it is wide but there is a drop off near the river in some places. Also crossing Bushkill Dr can be tricky as there is a curve in the road where the trail crosses and sight lines are short. No bathrooms or water, but not really needed for this short of a trail. Very scenic, wish it was longer or connected to other trails.

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