Welcome back to my two-part guide to the Top 4 parks of Allentown. Did you miss part 1? Let's get right into it, shall we?

Trexler Park: A few blocks from the campus of Muhlenberg College lies Trexler Park. At one time, this was the estate of General Trexler himself. Upon his death it was dedicated to him and little about the park has changed since that time.

The Hike at Trexler Park: Start at the main entrance, which is just down the road from Wegmans. Take the paved path to the left alongside the lagoon; you can spot an egret or two here if you are lucky. As you make your way around the path you will encounter the actual springhouse that was on Trexler’s estate. Cross the bridge and you will find yourself alongside the Little Cedar Creek. Eventually you will begin to walk up a steep hill that will lead you to the memorial statue of the General and a view of an incredible vista of Trexler Park and points south. Follow the paved trail to the left and pass through a large Riparian Buffer zone; be attentive, there are many species of birds easily visible here. The path will return you to the main entrance at the parking lot.

 

Cedar Beach Parkway: The closest park to Muhlenberg College, Cedar Beach Parkway has a lot to offer. The Rose Garden and Old Fashioned Garden, located just past Ott Street, are worth a visit to. Make sure to take a stroll around Muhlenberg Lake. There are basketball courts and volleyball pits here as well. This is a great place to take a book to read.

The Walk at Cedar Beach Parkway: Behind the Allentown Parks and Recreation Office there is a 1.3 mile trail that is often used by walkers and joggers; it includes a complete system of workout devicesthat challenge the body. It is a quicker walk, but one that is worth taking and it sure can serve as a workout.

This post was written by Lehigh Valley InSite guest blogger Andrew Kleiner, who also writes the Remember blog.