If you enjoy canoeing and biking, I highly recommend you check out one of Bike & Boat trips offered by Wildlands Conservancy. It’s a great way to see the natural side of Lehigh Valley. My husband and I did the Lehigh Gap trip on July 11th and LOVED it!

A small group of us, about eight people plus the river guides, launched our canoes in Bowmanstown, PA shortly after 10 a.m. We paddled about five miles down the Lehigh River to Walnutport where we stopped to visit the Lehigh Gap Nature Center and grab a bite to eat.

The paddle took a little over two hours and, thanks to the water level, the current kept us moving and we didn't get stuck on any rocks. The guides skillfully taught everyone how to steer their boats and in no time we were maneuvering through the rapids and rocks like pros.

We arrived in Walnutport a little after noon, hoisted our canoes out of the water and climbed on mountain bikes for the ride back to Bowmanstown.

The trail back is part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, which is converting old rail lines into a nationwide network of biking trails. The path was flat and graded, making for a leisurely ride along the river.

Halfway through the pedal, we divided up. Some people followed the flat path while the rest of us hiked our bikes up the mountainside and rode along a scenic ledge. The trail up top had some obstacles but was a fairly easy ride with dramatic views of the mountains and river.

I've always wanted to do something like this and the Wildlands group made it so easy, providing the boats, the bikes, safety guides and anything else we needed along the way. There’s no way we would’ve been able to pull of such an enjoyable trip on our own, so it was completely worth the $35/person. I hope you'll check it out!


This post was written by Lehigh Valley InSite guest blogger Erika Liodice, who also writes the Journeys and Beyond the Gray blogs.