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.