9/3/2021 Update: The D&L Trail is closed at the east end of the Freemansburg canal section just west of the locktender’s house and mule barn due to towpath failure. You can still access this section from the Freemansburg Trailhead on Monroe Street but this entire trail section sustained serious damage from Tropical Storm Ida. Much of the trail surface washed away so nearly the whole trail section is either slippery with mud or rutted and rocky. Check back for status.
This section of the D&L Trail continues to follow the towpath with views of the historical Bethlehem Steel site across the river and its current transformation. About halfway between Bethlehem and Freemansburg, there is a picnic area and canal lock #43 at Charlie Brown’s Clearing. In Freemansburg, the trail passes the Freemansburg Canal Education Center in the historic mule barn. This is the site of Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor fall field trips about life as a canal locktender family.
The Bethlehem Sand Island Trailhead and Freemanburg Trailhead are both also near Lehigh River Water Trail access points. Please refer to Wildlands Conservancy’s Lehigh River Water Trail website for more information on trips along the water trail.