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Community Exchange

Get Out Lehigh Valley: Sashay Beside Slate

Saturday, July 8th 2017 10:00 AM — 12:00 PM

Wildlands Conservancy helped preserve the Wildlands Tract at Trout Creek along which this trail ambles near the covered bridge. The Slate Heritage Trail, a 3.3 mile "Rails-to-Trails" project, uses the former Lehigh Valley Railroad right-of-way beginning at a junction with the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Trail (D&L) in Slatington. From this trailhead the Slate Heritage Trail continues west through Washington Township, and Emerald to its end in Slatedale, at the Citizens Fire Company athletic fields. The D&L Trail connects the Slatington Trailhead to the Laurys Station Trailhead to the south, and the Lehigh Gap Nature Center Trailhead, which intersects with the Appalachian Trail, to the north. If you walk the entire Trail you will use a total of four bridges--an original trestle bridge that was restored, two prefabricated pedestrian bridges that were placed by dedicated volunteers, and the Trout Run Covered Bridge that was built from the ground up and dedicated in 2004.

The walk is appropriate for children of all ages, and in strollers. Dogs on leash are welcome. Bring water shoes, as we will pass several spots where you can wade in Trout Creek. Bathrooms are available at the Trailhead and near the covered bridge. Length: 3 miles Duration: 2 hours GPS: 40.752701, -75.604490

You must register for this event.  Space is limited. You can register online by clicking here or call 610-965-4397 x 136 with questions.

Location: Slate Heritage Trail, D&L parking area, 81 Main Street, Slatington PA 18080  

Directions: From Route 22, exit at Exit 53 onto Route 309 N. Travel on Rt. 309 north for 7.4 miles until 309 turns left and Rt. 873 begins. Continue straight on PA-873 north for about 6.6 miles through downtown Slatington. At the stop light at Walnut Street (where Rt. 873 turns sharp left), continue straight on Main Street for about a block to the D&L parking area on your right.

This is a free event which is open to the public, therefore no time credits will be earned or charged for attendance.