Monocacy Way

Pennsylvania

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Monocacy Way Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Northampton
Length: 2.5 miles
Trail end points: Monocacy Creek Park and W. Union Boulevard
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 9211861
Trail activities: Bike, Fishing, Walking

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Monocacy Way Description

The pleasant Monocacy Way takes walkers and cyclists on an adventure through the fascinating history of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The trail kicks off at Monocacy Creek Park, where you can see the a 19th century grist mill once run by the waters of Monocacy Creek. Today the creek is a popular fishing spot, prized for trout especially. The trail traces the park’s eastern perimeter as it follows the waterway. The Burnside Plantation is a bit past the halfway point. The colonial-era farm is well preserved, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. Here stop for a moment to experience “living history”, from the verdant gardens, to the interactive tours and workshops.

The last leg of the trail takes one across picturesque shaded bridges down to downtown Bethlehem. The Colonial Industrial Quarter is round the corner from the trail’s end on W. Union Boulevard. Here as well, history comes alive with demonstrations of the various trades once carried out here by the founders of Bethlehem, members of the Moravian Church.

The trail is canopied for the most part. Be aware that there are a number of road crossings at grade

The pleasant Monocacy Way takes walkers and cyclists on an adventure through the fascinating history of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The trail kicks off at Monocacy Creek Park, where you can see the a 19th century grist mill once run by the waters of Monocacy Creek. Today the creek is a popular fishing spot, prized for trout especially. The trail traces the park’s eastern perimeter as it follows the waterway. The Burnside Plantation is a bit past the halfway point. The colonial-era farm is well preserved, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. Here stop for a moment to experience “living history”, from the verdant gardens, to the interactive tours and workshops.

The last leg of the trail takes one across picturesque shaded bridges down to downtown Bethlehem. The Colonial Industrial Quarter is round the corner from the trail’s end on W. Union Boulevard. Here as well, history comes alive with demonstrations of the various trades once carried out here by the founders of Bethlehem, members of the Moravian Church.

The trail is canopied for the most part. Be aware that there are a number of road crossings at grade. Pets are permitted, just clean up after them.

Parking and Trail Access

There is parking available at the Monocacy Creek Park (Illick's Mill Rd, Bethlehem, PA 18017). 

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