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Staff members and volunteers of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor will lead two guided “Preview the Trail” bicycle rides on new portions of the D&L Trail in Lehigh and Carbon counties on National Trails Day, June 4.
Both rides begin at 10 a.m. and end at the Slatington Trailhead adjacent to the Main Street Bridge in Slatington (see note about detour below). Participants can join a six-mile ride beginning at the East Penn Township boat launch in Carbon County, or a nine-mile ride beginning at the Cementon Trailhead off Route 329 in Cementon. The ride south from East Penn Township follows the Lehigh River through the scenic Lehigh Gap. The ride north from Cementon follows a beautiful, shaded section of the D&L Trail along the Lehigh River. Once in Slatington, riders will receive refreshments and have an opportunity to talk with D&L staff members about the trail and other D&L projects. Giveaways and trail information will be available. Mulegellan, the D&L mascot mule, will be available for photos.
National Trails Day is an annual celebration of America’s trail systems held the first Saturday in June. This year’s theme, “Made With All Natural Ingredients,” encourages people to get outside to experience, appreciate and celebrate natural places that offer beautiful scenery, peace of mind, and a venue where health can be improved through recreation. For more information, visit www.AmericanHiking.org.
For more information about the D&L’s National Trails Day bicycle rides, contact [email protected] , or call 610-923-3548 x221.
**Detour: The Lehigh River bridge at the junction of PA 248 and 873 will be closed from May 23 through September 1. To reach the Slatington Trail Head on Main Street, travel south on PA 145, turn right on Main Street in Walnutport (at McDonalds), follow Main Street to Slatington and turn left just after you cross the Lehigh River (before the first traffic light).
Traveling west on PA 248 from Bath, turn left at the light in Berlinsville and follow that road to Walnutport. Go straight at the traffic light (McDonalds on far right corner) and follow Main Street to Slatington. Turn left just after you cross the Lehigh River (before the first traffic light).