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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: East Penn – Lehigh Gap

Status: Obstruction within trail section, see description

Distance: 3.4

Alert: Intermittent Closures February through September 2020

Next Closure: A FULL CLOSURE  on September 9 & 10. No detour while the trail is closed.

Updated Sept. 8, 2020. From February to September 2020 there will be intermittent closures along the D&L Trail from Lehigh Gap trailhead north toward East Penn Boat Launch Trailhead while PPL works to replace transmission towers running through Lehigh Gap and across the D&L Trail.  The LNE Trail in Lehigh Gap Nature Center will also be closed. PPL is limiting their closures as much as possible but it will be imperative to abide by trail closure signs during the short time periods for your own safety. Please follow D&L, Lehigh County Parks, and/or Lehigh Gap Nature Center Facebook pages for updates on exact closure dates as we hear them


This section of D&L Trail follows a former railroad bed between East Penn Boat Launch and the trailhead at Lehigh Gap just south of Lehigh Gap Nature Center (LGNC). Users enjoy views of the Lehigh River and the steep slopes of the Kittatinny Ridge, as well as bog and pond habitat and plenty of wildlife. LGNC is the site of an innovative restoration project to return a Superfund site to a thriving native plant ecosystem and LGNC maintains a network of mountainside footpaths that link the D&L Trail to the ridge-running Appalachian Trail. A loop is available in this area combining the D&L Trail and Lehigh Gap Nature Center’s LNE Trail. The Lehigh Gap Trailhead is also near a Lehigh River Water Trail access point called Lehigh Gap. Please refer to Wildlands Conservancy’s Lehigh River Water Trail website for more information on trips along the water trail.

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Lehigh Gap Nature Center

The Lehigh Gap Nature Center is a non-profit conservation organization located in Lehigh Gap, Pennsylvania, at the foot of the Kittatinny Ridge. Our mission is to preserve wildlife and habitat through conservation, education, and research for the benefit of the... More

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Palmerton Area Heritage Center

The Heritage Center serves as a museum that showcases the Historical Society’s Collections, and it's used as a resource for educating about the area’s rich history.  It also serves as a visitor’s center, with suggestions about things to do and... More

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