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Named for a development just outside Quakertown, the 1.5-mile Walnut Bank Farm Trail links the borough with nearby Veterans Park and will form a link in the greenway that will eventually link Bethlehem with Norristown.
Part of Richland Township's internal greenway network, the trail starts at the trail that circles Veterans' Park and consists of a multi-use, asphalt path that follows the north side of E. Pumping Station Road for about a quarter mile to the intersection with Heller Road. Here, hikers and walkers have the option of turning north on the township's Nature Trail, a footpath that winds through the woods just northeast of Veterans' Park.
However, the main trail turns south, crossing E. Pumping Station Road and following Heller Road via a sidewalk on the west side, passing a couple industries to Walnut Bank Farm Road. Here, a small asphalt spur links to a nearby lake that is also a popular local fishing spot, while the trail continues following sidewalks along Walnut Bank Farm Road through a condo complex. Sidewalks on this segment are able to comfortably accommodate foot traffic, but cyclists will probably want to use the street.
The trail moves back offroad at the southern end of the develpment and follows an asphalt greenway through the woods into Quakertown, stopping at Mill Street in the borough's north end. This segment is easily the most scenic part of the trail, passing through open space with abundant nature and lush woodlands.
Since the trail parallels local streets for most of its length, it serves more as a non-motorized connector than an attraction unto itself. However, by connecting Quakertown to Veterans' Park, its importance will likely increase substantially when the southern extension of the Saucon Rail Trail from Coopersburg into that park is finished in late 2020. It's use will probably increase even more when the Liberty Bell Trail is built from Quakertown south to Norristown in the next several years, after which it will become part of a long-distance, intercity greenway connecting the Philadelphia and Allentown-Bethlehem metropolitan areas.
Parking is available in Veterans' Park, at the lake on the corner of Heller and Walnut Bank Farm roads, in Krupps Park in Quakertown and along local streets.
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