D&L Programs

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Our Programs

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor connects you with the area’s heritage and environment through a year-round calendar of programs, initiatives and events. Get involved in one of the many D&L Programs!


Get Your Tail on the Trail, a 6-month long challenge, attracts over 5,000 registrants who walk, bike and run more than 800,000 miles on the D&L Trail. Thousands of runners and walkers participate in the annual Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Half Marathon.

Further, the D&L is a partner in Lehigh Valley Greenways Conservation Landscape, which uses greenways and trails to link urban areas to the natural and cultural resources of the Lehigh Valley. Throughout Northampton and Lehigh counties, we work with local municipal and non-profit partners to protect watersheds, retain the character of the landscape, preserve the region’s heritage, and improve the quality of life for all residents.

For more information, contact Claire Sadler at [email protected], or 610-923-3548 ext. 227.

D&L Trail Alliance

The D&L Trail Alliance coordinates stewardship and promotion of the D&L Trail and its side trails. With the support of the William Penn Foundation, the D&L Trail Alliance brings together municipal, state,and non-profit landowners to coordinate the stewardship and promotion of the D&L Trail.

For more information, contact Lauren Golden at [email protected] or 610-923-3548 ext. 232.

D&L Trail Programs

  • Trail Tenders – Want to get your hands dirty? Like giving back to the trail you use? Then join the D&L on projects that assist the trail landowners with maintaining and improving the trail. Projects include trash pickups, removing brush, preserving historic structures, and improving trail amenities.
  • Trail Towns – Building off the past success of Market Towns (2001-2006) in the Anthracite Region and Landmark Towns (2007-2016) in the Delaware Canal Region, the D&L launched Trail Towns, a Corridor-wide trail town program in 2017. We use the Main Street Principles and focus on the trail and trail users, so that towns can benefit. The D&L serves as a guide to partner with local communities and create trail friendly towns by improving the trail user experience.
  • Trail Friendly Business Program –  The D&L Trail Friendly Business program highlights local businesses that provide great customer support and cater to the needs of runners, hikers, and bikers who use the D&L Trail.  These businesses create a trail friendly atmosphere that welcomes outdoor enthusiasts.  These businesses know what trail users need and take the extra steps to make sure you have a great experience.
  • Trail Patrol – Are you an active trail user? Already out on the D&L Trail regularly? Then join Trail Patrol as a volunteer ambassador. These volunteers assist trail users, increase trail safety, and report trail conditions resulting in better trails.

Find out more about our trail programs!

For more information, contact Brian Greene at [email protected] or (610) 923 – 3548 x234.


The recent partnership with the newly rejuvenated National Canal Museum brings the programs and collections of this nationally-recognized Smithsonian Affiliate to a new audience. Visitors can visit the museum and park, ride the Josiah White II canal boat and participate in educational programs. (See more about the NCM below.)

The Freemansburg Canal Education Center continues this mission, attracting thousands of school children each year. The Tales of the Towpath curriculum reaches even more children through classroom presentations, field trips and museum visits, while our popular “Immersion Days” integrate hands-on science, technology and cultural lessons with the D&L’s story.

For more information, contact Dennis Scholl at [email protected] or 610-923-3548 ext. 225.


The D&L and the National Canal Museum host events year-round. We offer dinner cruises and wine tastings onboard our canal boat, the Josiah White II. We also offer a Wildlands Conservancy’s Summer Camp, and a National Mule Celebration Day on the grounds of Hugh Moore Park! See our Events Calendar for details.

For more information, contact Loretta Susen at [email protected], or at 610-923-3548 ext. 221.

National Canal Museum

The National Canal Museum is the only museum in the country dedicated to telling the story of America’s historic towpath canals. The museum features hands-on exhibits that educate and entertain parents and children alike. Visitors can practice harnessing a mule and learn how to steer a canal boat! View exhibitions about the men, women and children who lived and worked on the canals, and discover how they used simple machines like levers and pulleys to make their job easier.

For more information, contact Daphne Mayer at [email protected] or 610-923-3548 ext. 246.