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By Brian Greene, Director of Trail & Conservation
Get to know D&L Trail Landowner Lehigh Gorge State Park (LGSP). To do so, we caught up with Rex Bradish, Park Manager for the Lehigh Gorge/Hickory Run State Park Complex. The Lehigh Gorge State Park features rushing rapids of the Lehigh River, steep forested gorge walls, and scenic waterfalls. Between people riding the D&L Trail and rafting the Lehigh River, this state park proves popular for outdoor recreation. With 24 miles of the D&L Trail in LGSP, this stretch from White Haven to Jim Thorpe is the most isolated from human development. This makes for a unique wilderness feel. Combine that with historic canal ruins, railroad rides, and two trail friendly towns on either end, this is a must visit section of the D&L Trail and consistently one of the most popular.
I think without question we have a shared identity. While the park is a popular attraction in itself, sharing the same space with the D&L makes it even more well-loved and appreciated. We’re proud to be part of the 165-mile D&L Trail.
The partnership makes us stronger and adds to the value of what we each have to offer. By combining our resources, we’re much better able to serve trail users. The park is grateful to have such a supportive and dedicated partner to work alongside.
Our motivation is to always provide the best overall experience for the visiting public. Trail maintenance is a major undertaking with much of it being a continuous effort with lots of repetition. It can be quite a challenge when coupled with active trail users and trying to not disrupt their visit.
That would be the Rockport area spanning from Buttermilk to Lukes Falls. Not only is this area scenic, it has a unique feel with the convergence of land and water. I’m also always impressed with how its character changes throughout the year – low key and quiet in the shoulder season, extremely busy during the summer months when biking and whitewater rafting activities occur simultaneously.
I encourage people to visit and enjoy the D&L Trail. It’s especially important for people take advantage of outdoor recreation during these difficult times.