Take the Scenic Route

Take a breath of fresh air and explore the outdoors in Lehigh Valley.

Take time to stretch your legs and enjoy the views. Lehigh Valley is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering trails that are primed for hiking, biking, and more. Explore all that the region has to offer with Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and TheLink, a regional trail network highlighting connections across Lehigh Valley. Scroll or click to a section below to learn more.

On FootBake Oven Knob

Hawk Mountain
1700 Hawk Mountain Rd., Kempton
Hike to take in scenic vistas along an eight-mile trail system. Hawk Mountain offers a lush Native Plant Garden, weekend programs, and an accessible trail to South Lookout, ensuring access for all. Hawk Mountain is repeatedly recognized as one of the top places for birding in the country with opportunities to spot raptors soaring through the air year-round.

Bake Oven Knob
7705 Bake Oven Rd., Germansville
While the hike is of a shorter length (but very rocky), you’ll be impressed with the views from the top! Located along the Appalachian Trail, Bake Oven Knob provides stellar south-facing panoramas of Lehigh Valley.

Jacobsburg State Park
400 Belfast Rd., Nazareth
The grounds of Jacobsburg State Park cover more than 1,160 acres including lush wooded areas; streams for fishing; 18.5 miles for hiking, biking, and horseback riding; and more. While there are 121 state parks throughout Pennsylvania, only four are designated as environmental education centers, including Jacobsburg. Take advantage of guided programming including wildflower hikes, snowshoeing, and more.

By Bike

D&L National Heritage Corridor Biking along Canal - Lehigh Valley, PADelaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Trail (D&L)
2750 Hugh Moore Park Rd., Easton (main visitors center)
Spanning 165 miles in total (the section crossing through Lehigh Valley covers 48 miles), this pathway offers a flat surface perfect for hiking, biking, and running. You can bring your pup along for some pet-friendly adventures as well. While on the trail, you’ll see landmarks including the George Taylor House, the National Canal Museum, and more.

Pocono Biking
1519 State Rt. 903, Jim Thorpe
Explore the northern Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail, part of the D&L, on excursions through Pocono Biking. Take advantage of their bike rental program or bring your own along. From the top of the trail enjoy a leisurely ride downhill, complete with riverside views as you make your way back to the main depot in Jim Thorpe. Or, bike south across the newly-opened Mansion House Bridge.

Ironton Rail Trail
While a majority of this trail is arranged in a large loop (approximately six miles), a single spur (four miles) adds extra distance for those looking to explore. Your journey on this section of the D&L will take you past unique sites including train cars and the cement kilns at Saylor Park.

By WaterPocono Whitewater 03 Discover Lehigh Valley

Whitewater Rafting
Pocono Whitewater | 1519 PA-903, Jim Thorpe
Whitewater Challengers | 288 N. Stagecoach Rd., Weatherly
The Lehigh River provides some of the best whitewater rafting in the Pennsylvania. Round up your friends and head out for an afternoon on the water where you can experience Class I, II, and III rapids.

Historic Bethlehem River Tours
434 Clearfield St., Freemansburg
Add a dose of history to your next kayak expedition as you travel down the Lehigh River. These guided tours include boat rentals and are available in either five or seven-mile journeys.

Boat Rentals at Hugh Moore Park
2750 Hugh Moore Park Rd., Easton
Explore Easton’s Hugh Moore Park for canal-side views. At the Welcome Center, you can rent kayaks, paddleboats, and canoes to enjoy while on the peaceful waters of the canal.

On the Mountain

Winter Fun at Blue Mountain ResortWhether you want to race down the mountainside on two wheels with top-notch mountain biking trails, or prefer to wait for winter’s snow to roll around, two nearby mountain resorts are sure to provide endless adventure.

Blue Mountain Resort
1660 Blue Mountain Dr., Palmerton
Located just north of Lehigh Valley, Blue Mountain is recognized as Pennsylvania’s highest vertical. If you prefer to take in the views without the action, grab a table at the Slopeside Pub & Grill where you can enjoy a meal paired with some of the finest views around.

Bear Creek Mountain Resort
101 Doe Mountain Ln., Macungie
Jus west of Lehigh Valley, Bear Creek offers an all-inclusive escape to the mountains with a full-service hotel and spa directly on-site. After a full day of fun, you can retreat to your comfortable accommodations or take a dip in the outdoor pool, which is heated year-round.

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