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By Miranda Alvarez, Community Engagement Manager
No winter is created equal. To make the most of this particularly snowy year, we have answered some of our most frequently asked questions about the trail in winter. PLUS, we’re sharing some fun ways you can get on the D&L Trail.
Most sections of the D&L Trail do not get plowed after a snow storm. Currently, the only section that is regularly plowed is the trail starting at Riverview Park to Route 33 Boat Launch. While for some this might ice over their day, we challenge our trail users to get creative. We’re not always lucky to get a good coating of snow, so try something new.
If you’re looking for a slower paced activity, strap on snowshoes and take a wintry walk. Wet feet need not be a worry. Snowshoes will help you take a stroll without sinking in the accumulation. Don’t have snowshoes? Look out for pop-up event from us and our partners.
You can cross country ski on the trail whenever there is 6+ inches of snow on the ground. If you have your own skis, we welcome you to choose the trailhead closest to you. If you’re looking to rent or borrow skis consider on of our Trail Friendly Businesses or another regional outfitter.
The D&L Trail normally prohibits the use of ALL motorized vehicles. BUT, winter makes for one fun exception. From White Haven to Penn Haven Junction you can snowmobile. This 15-mile section is the only area on the D&L to allow snowmobiling. Trail users should be careful and mindful. If you’re on a snowmobile maintain safe speeds and be considerate of the multi-modal recreation on the D&L.
Perhaps the most unlikely use of the D&L Trail, you can dog sled on the D&L. In fact, there’s one team that regularly trains on the D&L, near Slatington. While we don’t recommend just anyone rally up sled dogs, it’s one of the many unique ways that the D&L has been used.
The D&L Trail proudly touts multi-modal use and we mean it. From dog sledding to snowshoeing, we encourage a variety of uses and explorations of the trail. To be safe and a good steward, always check with local approved uses of the trail. We at the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor steward the trail, but own none of it. We work with a comprehensive network of landowners to connect and maintain the trail. To honor these landowners, we ask that all trail users firstly adhere to their regulations in addition to all forms of trail etiquette.