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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.
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.
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