Slate Heritage Trail


Slate Heritage Trail Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Lehigh
Length: 3.3 miles
Trail end points: Slatedale, PA and 7th Street, Slatington, PA
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017607
Trail activities: Bike, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Walking

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Slate Heritage Trail Description

The Slate Heritage Trail is built on the former Lehigh Valley Railroad, which opened in 1874 and transported slate products from quarries in northern Lehigh County to Slatington to connect with the railroad's main line. Trail-goers can learn about this history through interpretive panels along the way while enjoying the natural beauty of the area.

The trail also features a few unique structures using the area's key natural resource: a series of slate benches providing rest and reflection points along the path and a building made of slate, which houses restroom facilities near the Trout River crossing. A covered bridge and refurbished railroad bridge offer other picturesque highlights. Near the trailhead in Slatington, travelers can continue their journey on the Delaware & Lehigh Trail, which also connects with the well-known Appalachian Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

From Rt 145N, make a left onto Main Street at the McDonalds and follow the road that becomes Diamond Street. Follow this for about 1 mile and then make your first left after the Lehigh River Bridge, where parking is plentiful. From here, you can access both the Slate Heritage Trail and the D&L Trail.

Slate Heritage Trail Reviews

After many times of having to stop short of the turnpike, we were able to go the entire length of this trail on August 13, 2017. This is a nice shaded trail with only a few small hills. There are many benches along the way to stop and rest if needed.

From where this trail turns off of the D&L it climbs gently along a stream. There is one very rough bridge and then all too soon you reach where the trail is blocked. We saw no sign of construction still going on. Still it was a pleasant ride, mostly in full shade, which was appreciated on a hot June day.

My leashed dog was attacked, unprovoked, on a section of this trail on May 11th, 2016 by an unleashed, unsupervised dog. The section is beneath the Route 873/Main Street overpass. I've walked this trail for years, even walking my dog on the same section the day before. I've never experienced an issue. I used to love this trail; it's beautiful. Unfortunately I no longer feel safe on this trail and I will not put my dog or myself at risk again.


My wife and I walk / jog regularly along this trail. The Pennsylvania Turnpike bridge over Trout Creek and the Trail is being re-decked, so the trail is closed in the vicinity due to the risk of falling debris.

The Eastern section from the Franklin Bridge over Trout Creek is open and is paved; that runs ~1.7 miles.

The Western section from Center Street in Emerald over to Slatedale is open with a crushed gravel surface; it's ~1.2 miles in length.

Worth a diversion especially if you're on the D&L Trail in Slatington.

Why? Because it is closed just before the Turnpike bridge. That pretty picture of the bridge on this site is old. Right at the end of the bridge are signs and concrete barriers (5 July 2015). Disappointed for sure.

Nice scenic trail along trout creek. This trail is local for me and I use it regularly. Nice for a short sprint, uncongested and plentiful parking at Slatington trailhead. Return trip is much faster. Saw quite a few fishermen as it is day after opening day in PA.

Hi, this is an excellent accent or diversion to the D&L trail North. There's not much signage where to enter, but it's right at the Slatington trail head to the D&L trail. It's really worth it. Pay little attention to the short sighted 'other' commenter. The trail has several new bridges, however the first one is a little rough and will probably be redone. I've seen weddings at the covered bridge and there is a stage where they have bands occasionally. You end up at Slatedale Park, which is a little league field that also has tennis courts and a nice pavilion to have lunch. This is a short, but interesting, historic and underrated trail. Check it out if you have the opportunity.

I biked it after a friend told me about it. I had biked the D&L trail and had overlooked this side trail. The sign for this trail does not really stand out when you are on the D&L. At Slatington, the east start of the trail looks like an alley way. It is well maintained. The coarse gravel section is short and not bad at all. There are many benches along the trail. It goes over many bridges - one is a covered bridge. About halfway there are bathrooms. Its the slate bldg. that the trail goes by on the back side so you might not realize it.

Its a great trail to bike & hike.

I did this trail and all I can say is it is not worth a special trip but if you are doing another trail in the area it is not a bad little trail. The first 1.7 miles is paved and the rest is a couple of different surfaces and for about a half mile it is very lose and not friendly. Other than that it was ok.

Hi please add Mountain Biking as an activity to this trail. Only Bike and Walking are presently listed. Thank you.

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