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  • Complete, open and improved
  • Obstruction within trail section, see description
  • Planned Future linkage and trail development
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Trail Section: Allentown – Bethlehem

Status: Complete, open and improved

Distance: 3.9

This section of D&L Trail connects Allentown and Bethlehem, the two largest cities along the D&L Trail, but users would never know it. Trips on the canal towpath are tranquil with the Lehigh Canal on one side and the Lehigh River on the other side. The trail follows the towpath and provides a relatively smooth, mostly gravel biking and walking surface. Ample parking is available at both the Allentown Lehigh Canal Park and Bethlehem Sand Island Trailheads. The Allentown Lehigh Canal Park Trailhead is also a Lehigh River Water Trail access point and the Bethlehem Sand Island Trailhead is near a water trail access point. Please refer to Wildlands Conservancy’s Lehigh River Water Trail website for more information on trips along the water trail.

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Things to Do

1 Aardvark Sports Shop - Bethlehem

Aardvark Sports Shop

D&L Trail Friendly Business There is no better place to gear up for all your running needs than Aardvark Sports Shop.  Located a half mile off the D&L Trail in historic downtown Bethlehem, Aardvark has helped local runners since 1984.  From... More

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2 Outside the America on Wheels building in Allentown, PA, a town along the D&L Corridor

America on Wheels

America on Wheels celebrates the history of over-the-road transportation and highlights future means of moving people and products. The museum showcases the nation’s transportation systems from its roots, including carriages, bicycles, motorcycles, automobiles and trucks, to the latest in transportation... More

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Banana Factory

The Banana Factory, a community arts center and gallery, recognizes the importance of the visual arts and has dedicated itself to promoting and sharing them with everyone, regardless of age, race or economic background. From gallery exhibitions by nationally-known artists... More

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Burnside Plantation

Burnside Plantation is an 18th century Moravian farm that today is a living history museum. The Plantation demonstrates farming methods between 1748 and 1848, a time of great change in agriculture. Learn what life was like on a Moravian farm... More

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Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts

The Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts uses period rooms to showcase nearly three-hundred years of folk art, furnishings and paintings. Its unique collection of cast-iron toys, maps, prints, and textiles open a window into the past. Knowledgeable guides take visitors... More

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Lehigh Valley Heritage Center

Located in a stunning new building adjacent to Trout Hall, the Lehigh Valley Heritage Center is host to permanent and changing exhibits on Lehigh Valley history and it houses the library and offices of the Lehigh County Historical Society. Here... More

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Liberty Bell Museum

The British were about to seize Philadelphia in 1777. It was feared that the King’s Army would destroy the great bell in Independence Hall that symbolized the American Republic, so the bell was removed and taken to Allentown, and hidden... More

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Moravian Museum of Bethlehem

In 1752, an apothecary  was built in the center of Moravian Church country, a Protestant denomination. The Moravian Museum of Bethlehem stands on the site of this house of medicine. See a fascinating exhibit including a set of apothecary jars... More

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National Museum of Industrial History

A Smithsonian Institution-affiliate, the National Museum of Industrial History is dedicated to forging a connection between America’s industrial past and the innovations of today by educating the public and inspiring the visionaries of tomorrow. Housed in the 100-year-old former Bethlehem... More

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