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  • Complete, open and improved
  • Obstruction within trail section, see description
  • Planned Future linkage and trail development
  • Unimproved open, travel at your own risk


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Trail Section: Bethlehem – Freemansburg

Status: Complete, open and improved

Distance: 3.5

PLEASE NOTE: Beginning in February 2016, the Fahy Bridge in Bethlehem will undergo a major rehabilitation which will include closing the northbound lanes and shifting traffic to the southbound lanes (one lane in each direction and a walkway). From March to November 2016, the stairs connecting the Fahy Bridge to the D&L Trail on Sand Island will be closed. Pedestrians will need to walk from Sand Island to Lehigh Street and access the delineated walkway on the western side of the bridge. 

This section of the D&L Trail continues to follow the towpath with views of the historical Bethlehem Steel site and its current transformation. About halfway between Bethlehem and Freemansburg, there is a picnic area and canal lock #43 at Charlie Brown’s Clearing. In Freemansburg, the trail passes the Freemansburg Canal Education Center in the historic mule barn. This is the site of Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor fall field trips about life as a canal locktender family. Please visit the Freemansburg Trailhead page for updates on parking availability and pedestrian bridge closure.

The Bethlehem Sand Island Trailhead and Freemanburg Trailhead are both also near Lehigh River Water Trail access points. Please refer to Wildlands Conservancy’s Lehigh River Water Trail website for more information on trips along the water trail.

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Things to Do


Banana Factory

The Banana Factory, a community arts center and gallery, recognizes the importance of the visual arts and has dedicated itself to promoting and sharing them with everyone, regardless of age, race or economic background. From gallery exhibitions by nationally-known artists... More

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Burnside Plantation

Burnside Plantation is an 18th century Moravian farm that today is a living history museum. The Plantation demonstrates farming methods between 1748 and 1848, a time of great change in agriculture. Learn what life was like on a Moravian farm... More

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Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts

The Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts uses period rooms to showcase nearly three-hundred years of folk art, furnishings and paintings. Its unique collection of cast-iron toys, maps, prints, and textiles open a window into the past. Knowledgeable guides take visitors... More

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Moravian Museum of Bethlehem

In 1752, an apothecary  was built in the center of Moravian Church country, a Protestant denomination. The Moravian Museum of Bethlehem stands on the site of this house of medicine. See a fascinating exhibit including a set of apothecary jars... More

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