Summer is here in Lehigh Valley, but we’re still social distancing and practicing pandemic precautions. The last five months have taken their toll on our social calendars, not to mention our mental health and our waistlines. But it’s proven that spending time outdoors can provide a cascade of benefits, so get out for some fresh air! Looking for a new place to explore? Enter THE LINK Trail Network of Lehigh Valley, a resource that combines the great outdoors with the benefits of physical activity.
WHAT IS THE LINK?
THE LINK Trail Network is an interconnected network of beautiful multi-use trails offering Lehigh Valley residents and visitors the opportunity for year-round outdoor recreation, alternative transportation, and healthy living. This project—led by a coalition of trail partners across Lehigh and Northampton Counties and made possible with generous support from the William Penn Foundation—aims to connect people to communities, nature, work, heritage, and culture. THE LINK consists of 125 miles of trails available for biking, running, walking, fishing, and other outdoor activities.
HOW DO I USE IT?
Trails are your connection to the outdoors. No matter where you’re from, no matter who you are, THE LINK provides you with the opportunity to get outside and participate in fun, safe, recreational activities!
BIKE: Whether you’re in training wheels or testing out the newest bike on the market, THE LINK is the perfect place to spin your wheels.
RUN: Training for a 10K? Just starting out? Whatever level you’re at, THE LINK has mile after mile of smooth-running terrain.
EXPLORE: See the sights! THE LINK is home to many historic landmarks that offer glimpses of the Lehigh Valley’s unique heritage.
WALK: Get out and walk! It’s fun, easy, and great for your physical and mental health.
RUFF RUFF: Your furry friend will love the THE LINK as much as we do! Leashed dogs of all sizes are welcome.
CREATE: Inspiration abounds on THE LINK! You’ll never run out of things to photograph, draw, or paint.
WHAT TRAILS ARE IN THE LINK?
Looking for a trail close to home? Planning a day with friends and family and need a convenient meet-up spot? Wondering what activities are allowed or what the rules and regulations are at a certain trail? All information including searchability by location, activity, or trail type can be found on TheLinkTrails.com. The following trails are part of THE LINK Trail Network:
- Bushkill Township Trail
- D&L Trail
- Ironton Rail-Trail
- Jordan Creek Greenway
- Karl Stirner Arts Trail
- Lehigh Parkway Path
- Liberty-Water Gap Trail
- Nor-Bath Trail
- Plainfield Township Recreation Trail
- Saucon Rail Trail
- Slate Heritage Trail
- South Bethlehem Greenway
- Tatamy Trail
- . . . and more to come!
No matter the season, these trails are sure to provide you with a refreshing look at nature as you stretch your legs. For more information on the various parks and trails of Lehigh Valley, click here. To fuel your adventure, be sure to check out Lehigh Valley restaurants nearby that will satisfy your appetite.