Did you know THE LINK Trail Network connects you to local businesses that share your passion for the great outdoors and healthy living? Here’s a list of just a few of the locally owned businesses to support next time you’re exploring THE LINK. 

Easton Outdoor Company | Easton, PA
nearby access points to D&L Trail and Karl Stirner Arts Trail

Located in Easton’s downtown historic district, Easton Outdoor Company is the premiere destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. The locally owned store offers a unique selection of outdoor apparel from brands like Patagonia and North Face. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff recognizes the importance of outdoor recreation and will assist you in making the right purchase. From running shoes to insect repellant, the Easton Outdoor Company has everything you need for your next trail excursion. 

Emmaus Run Inn | Emmaus, PA
a few miles from Lehigh Parkway Path

At Emmaus Run Inn, running is their collective passion. Whether you like to run, walk, or jog along the trail, Emmaus Run Inn wants you to be comfortable doing it. Their experienced staff will help you find a shoe that’s the perfect fit as well as apparel and accessories for your favorite outdoor activity. Recognized by Competitor Magazine as one of the top 50 running stores in the country, Emmaus Run Inn’s service extends beyond their store. Take advantage of their weekly group runs and sponsored races all year long. 

Saucon Valley Bikes | Hellertown, PA
nearby access point for Saucon Rail Trail

Next time you’re riding along through Hellertown on the Saucon Rail Trail, be sure to check out Saucon Valley Bikes. Whether you need a basic tune-up or are looking to upgrade to a new bike, this shop has you covered. Want to explore the trail but not ready to purchase a bike? Rent and reserve some wheels for the day or week! Looking for a new ride for the little one? Saucon Valley Bikes sells used children’s bikes and will buy back an outgrown bike with the purchase of a new bike. Expect nothing but the best service and selection when you roll into Saucon Valley Bikes. 

Aardvark Sports Shop | Bethlehem, PA
nearby access point for D&L Trail

This running shoe store cares about your feet. Aardvark Sports Shop knows that all feet are unique and their expert staff members will match you with the right model and size for your style of running. During the Aardvark fit process, a staff member will measure your foot and analyze your stride, discuss running experience and/or existing injuries with you, offer running shoe suggestions, and let you test out your selected shoe. Take a quick detour to this store while exploring the Bethlehem section of D&L Trail and you’re guaranteed to be running back! 

Cutter's Bike Shop | Bethlehem, PA
South Bethlehem Greenway

At Cutter’s Bike Shop, family comes first. Located near the South Bethlehem Greenway trail, Cutter’s is owned and operated by a family of cyclists that believe there is no better way to bring family and friends together than biking. The bike shop offers a wide range of bicycles and accessories as well as expert knowledge and service for road, recreational, and mountain bike riders. Cutter’s Bike Shop ensures their customers get the right bike for the right experience.  

Many of these shops are also members of Lehigh Valley Green Retail Program, a checkout charity program that allows you to add a dollar… or a few… to your purchase in order to support Lehigh Valley trails and parks. Let them know at the register if you would like to give a little extra to develop and maintain the wonderful outdoor spaces that make Lehigh Valley exceptional. More information on the Lehigh Valley Green Retail Program can be found here.

Read more about  in the series of blog posts. Beyond the trails, if you are looking to explore the best food and drink that Lehigh and Northampton counties have to offer, you'll want to peruse a guide to dining in Lehigh Valley. Then mask up and consider making plans to enjoy some of the region’s most idyllic spots to eat and drink, both en plein air and following safe indoor guidelines!