South Bethlehem Greenway

Pennsylvania

South Bethlehem Greenway Facts

States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Northampton
Length: 1.7 miles
Trail end points: S. New St. just south of E. 3rd St./SR 412 and E. 6th St. east of Lynn Ave.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6180574
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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South Bethlehem Greenway Description

The South Bethlehem Greenway is a linear park that follows a former Norfolk Southern rail line through the southern neighborhoods of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The trail parallels Daly Avenue/State Route 412 for much of its route and passes the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation site, where steel stacks tower over new development. A large portion of the site is now home to the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. The company paid for much of the trail’s development adjacent to its property.

The trail links neighborhoods with the city's business district, and extensions are being planned to further increase its utility. Eventually the trail will run more than 3 miles between Union Station and Saucon Park, with construction on the southern extension set to begin in 2014. Connections to the Saucon Rail Trail and D&L Trail are in the early planning stages.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the South Bethlehem Greenway is available in a dedicated lot off Steel Avenue, between E. 3rd Street and Mechanic Street. Public parking is also available farther east in downtown South Bethlehem.

South Bethlehem Greenway Reviews

Have been running this trail about once a week for a year and a half. It's close to most Lehigh off-Campus houses, so you can walk there in less than two minutes - if you are a Lehigh student like me. The path is lit up at night which makes it feel safe. There's also a gravel part of the path that extends the length of the trail by a half mile. The trail is next to the skatepark which is cool to look at.

Started down by the NCC building, and went all the way down to the skate park and back on my longboard around noon. Scenery was nice, there was a decent amount of people walking so wasn't bothersome to skating past them with the width of the trail. Only downside is once you make it to the skate park the trail turns into stone so it feels cut short

Helf mile of a slight downhill slope from on smooth pavement makes for a great glide down to city. Push back up to the skate park, or go for another 1/2 mile into town. Crossing a main intersection is the only drawback. Short trail but a fun ride.

Accordion

Today I biked from the Banana Factory all the way past the official end near the casino (paved to this point) and along a cleared trail (with rough stone and occasional cinder) then a short mountain bike trail to reach the Saucon Rail Trail. So yes, you can now go from South Bethlehem all the way to Upper Saucon Park. Can't wait till this goes all the way to Coopersburg, so we can bike from the Banana Factory to the Coop! The trail in Bethlehem is top-notch, with clearly marked road-crossings and lots of use by locals and the occasional casino sleeper (mostly Asians). The unofficial part has a small trail path in the grass next to the larger stone path. I was able to mostly avoid the large rocks. Be careful as you go under the now defunct High Street Bridge near Hellertown. People have thrown quite a bit of glass off the bridge, which mucks up the trail. A cleanup would be good.

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