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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: Walnutport Canal Spur

Status: Complete, open and improved

Distance: 3.9

Parking is available at the Walnutport Canal Association’s trailhead. The trail surface is earthen towpath in this section. The only way to travel further on the D&L Trail than this 3.9 mile spur is to cross the river to Slatington and get on the continuous D&L Trail running parallel along the other side of the Lehigh River.

This spur section of D&L Trail follows the canal towpath north and south of Walnutport for a total length of 3.9 miles. To the north, users will catch glimpses of the Lehigh River and the remnants of canal locks. Where the canal and river meet, a small peninsula provides a unique view of the Lehigh Gap. On the southern side of Walnutport, trout and muskrat troll the wide waters of the canal and you won’t want to miss the remains of the old aqueduct at Bertsch Creek. The Walnutport Canal Association holds their annual Canal Festival along this beautiful section of trail and canal each fall. The Walnutport Canal Association’s Trailhead is also a Lehigh River Water Trail. Please refer to Wildlands Conservancy’s Lehigh River Water Trail website for more information on trips along the water trail.

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Walnutport Canal & Locktenders House

A restored 1829 Locktender's House with period furnishings of the early 19th century. There are canal locks, a four-and-one-half-mile towpath, picnic areas and watered canal where you can fish and enjoy nature. The Annual Canal Festival is held on the... More

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