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Delaware & Lehigh - Increased Trail Usage Presents Parking Challenges

The increasing use of the D&L Trail and Lehigh River has led to several parking issues at the Cementon, River Drive, Cove Road, and Slatington Trailheads. The D&L, our D&L Trail landowner of this section, and Lehigh County Parks Department, ask for cooperation in trying to help reduce the issues.

The following suggestions:

Park at one of the nearby, lesser used trailheads. For example, users of the Cementon and River Drive Trailheads can park across the river along Northampton’s Canal Park and enjoy the numerous eateries along Main Street and simply bike or walk across the river to Cementon.

Users of the Cove Road Trailhead, consider starting your ride in Walnutport and parking at the parking lot at the pavilion. You can then simply bike or walk across the river on Main Street to the Slatington Trailhead.

Utilize the trail in non-peak times. The parking issues occur typically during the day on weekends. Consider early morning or late afternoon usage. Weekend usage drops significantly after school starts.

Consider exploring different sections of the trail. While parts of the Lehigh Valley have a lot of usage, other beautiful, improved sections are waiting to be explored. In addition, the new Black Diamond section of the D&L Trail from White Haven to Mountaintop is well worth the trip.

The D&L and our trail landowners are pleased by the overwhelming usage of the trail, however, we ask that you be respectful of all signage and private property.

Vehicles may be towed if the conditions do not improve. The D&L is working with our partners on solutions, including adding additional parking, eliminating trail gaps to tie the trail to additional trailheads and increased directional signage along the Corridor.

Your cooperation is appreciated.