Celebrating National Trails Day Along the D&L Trail
EASTON, PA May 23, 2016 – The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) will be celebrating National Trails Day at various locations on Saturday, June 4, 2016. American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day is the country’s largest celebration of trails with events taking place in every state across the country. Regionally, events are planned in every county that composes the D&L Corridor: Bucks, Northampton, Lehigh, Carbon and Luzerne.
The National Canal Museum, an affiliate of the D&L that is located along the 165-mile D&L Trail in Easton, will offer a free boat rides to D&L Members on National Trails Day weekend, June 4 and 5, 2016.
Bucks County – National Trails Day at the Sol & Rose Preserve, Washington Crossing, PA – Join the Delaware Canal State Park, Heritage Conservancy and Landmark Towns of Bucks County, a program of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, for activities in honor of National Trails Day. Start the day with a guided hike along the Delaware Canal Section of the D&L Trail departing from Washington Crossing. Then, volunteer at Heritage Conservancy’s Sol & Rose Preserve to clear the trail of winter debris, remove nonnative plants and improve the trail for an enjoyable detour off the towpath through an old growth forest. Contact Shannon Fredebaugh to register: gro.ycnavresnocegatirehnull@hguabederfs or 215-345-7020 ext. 104 by May 31st.
Lehigh County – National Trails Day at Lehigh Gap Nature Center, Slatington, PA – Lehigh Gap Nature Center will host National Trails Day events, including: Birding for Families Workshop: 9 am – 9:59 am; Life in a Drop of Pond Water: 10 am – 10:50 am; Life in the Lehigh: 11 am – 11:50 am; Photo Hike Along the D&L Trail and Lehigh River: 10 am – 11:30 am; Amphibian and Reptile Display: 10 am – 1 pm; Bug Safari Along the D&L Trail: 1 pm – 1:50 pm; Biking for Kids on the D&L Trail: 2 pm – 2:50 pm; and a Whip-poor-will Hike: 7 pm – 10 pm. For more information: http://lgnc.org/
National Trails Day at the D&L Trail Slatington Trailhead, Slatington, PA – Lehigh Township Rails to Trails and the D&L will hand out trail mix and trail maps from all Lehigh County trails at the D&L Slatington Trailhead. Stop by for a display on trails in Lehigh County.
Luzerne County – National Trails Day with Keystone Active Zone, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Hike the D&L Trail with Keystone Active Zone with a 10 am hike from Seven Tubs Natural Area to Oliver Mills. Wear sturdy footwear, bring water and a snack. To participate, meet at the Seven Tubs parking lot off Route 115. For more information: http://www.kazpassport.com/passport-stops/#events
Northampton County – National Trails Day at the National Canal Museum, Easton, PA. The National Canal Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, and the newly restored Josiah White II canal boat open their summer season in Hugh Moore Park. The museum features a variety of hands-on activities and displays for children and adults. Museum hours are 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission for the museum and canal boat ride is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and military veterans, $9 for children ages 3 – 15, and free for children under three. The canal boat follows the same daily schedule, with rides at 12, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Canal boat rides will be free to D&L Members on National Trails Day weekend, June 4 and 5 2016.
Carbon County – 6th Annual Charity Bike Ride to benefit St. Luke’s Hospice, Lehighton, PA. There is a 15- or 30-mile course option and both will start from the Lehighton Trailhead of the D&L Trail. Visit www.active.com and search St. Luke’s Hospice to register. The $40 entry fee covers participation kits, event shirt, rental bike, and shuttle service, if needed. All proceeds will benefit the St. Luke’s Hospice program.
The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that preserves historic pathways that carried coal and iron from Wilkes-Barre to Philadelphia. Today, the D&L Trail connects people to nature, culture, communities, recreation and our industrial heritage.