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Delaware & Lehigh - Leaf Peepers & Fall Updates

Oh the leaves, they are a-changing! Fall is a beautiful time along the D&L Trail and throughout the five-county Corridor. Residents and visitors alike flock to watch the gradual shifts of autumn and squeeze in some outdoor adventures before the trees begin to frost. Check out a few tips below to make sure your fall Corridor adventure is a success.  

  • Watch for Leaf Peepers– many locations along the D&L Trail are ideal for spotting the beautiful seas of yellows and oranges revealed by fall foliage. Leaf peeping season is anticipated to hit its peak around mid-October this year. It can be so mesmerizing that many individuals stop abruptly in the middle of the trail to look up! Use caution when riding the trail this October, remember to give a verbal warning when passing others, and step off the trail if you want to stop to take in the views.  
  • Orange isn’t just for leaves – Hunting Season is active – the D&L Trail is sometimes bordered by state game lands and areas where hunting is permitted. Look for hunting season signage on your trail section and always dress yourself and your pets in bright clothing. Rifle season in PA is November 25th to December 9th, but archery and other firearms may be present throughout the fall and winter seasons. For more information, please visit this website. 
  • Its Event Time – With cooler weather approaching, events and group activities are plentiful throughout the Corridor! From Oktoberfest and Harvest Festivals to self-guided walks like the Bodies of Knowledge along the South Bethlehem Greenway, you won’t run out of things to do this season. Check out our event calendar for ways to recreate or volunteer with the DLNHC and don’t forget to sign up for our St. Luke’s D&L RaceFest set for November 12.  
  • Fall into some Fun! Tag us when you’re out on the trail this fall with #DLTrail, #DLNHC or #GetYourTailOnTheTrail. 

Find Your Way: D&L Trail Map Updates

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our Interactive Webmap is updated regularly with information provided by landowners. Please note, an update will remain posted with the original posting date for as long as the incident is relevant.  

  • The Delaware Canal region was one of the most heavily damaged sections of the D&L Trail after Tropical Storm Ida in 2021. Multiple repair projects are now underway to restore the trail surface. Please practice patience and heed all closure signs as it takes time to properly rebuild the trail.
    • Closures at MM 44 and MM 31 remain closed to trail users. 
  • Farmersville Road – Route 33 Boat Launch: Complete, open and improved – the City of Easton repaired the entrance to the “social trail” at MM 64.6 near Hope Road in early August. Partners are working to develop a long-term solution for this trail section, which washes out frequently after storm events.
  • Route 33 Boat Launch – Palmer Riverview:  Complete, open and improved – the D&L Trail is OPEN at MM 62.8 after Palmer Township repaired the trail from storm damage.
  • Forks of the Delaware – Wy Hit Tuk Park: Obstruction within trail section – the D&L Trail towpath is CLOSED between the Forks of the Delaware and Wy Hit Tuk Park (MM 58.9-56.5).
  •  Theodore Roosevelt Recreation Area – Durham Aqueduct: Obstruction within trail section – the D&L Trail towpath is CLOSED from Theodore Roosevelt Recreation area to Fry’s Run (MM 53-52) for trail repairs.
  • Durham Aqueduct – Tinicum Park: Obstruction within trail section– the D&L Trail is OPEN at MM 39.4 Farley Wastegate. This section remains obstructed at MM 44.27 and 46.73.
  • Washington Crossing (Lower) – Yardley: Obstruction within trail section – the D&L Trail is CLOSED at MM 17.3 from Amber Beech Kennels starting 9/25. 
  • Morrisville – Bristol Lagoon: Obstruction within trail section – the D&L Trail is OPEN between Bristol Lagoon (MM 1.3) and Green Lane (MM 2). This section remains obstructed at MM 9-10 at Bridge Street. 

Written by Liz Rosencrans, DLNHC Director of Trails & Conservation

Liz leads the Trails & Conservation Department and is responsible for the progression of trail projects from concept to completion, handling everything from grant writing to technical plan reviews and construction oversight. She also oversees several D&L Trail volunteer programs.