Calling the Lehigh Valley “home” opens the doors to an abundance of outdoor activities—hiking, biking, walking, running, fishing, and more. It’s access to these resources that drives the quality of life, improves health, and generates economic growth. That’s why a coalition of regional organizations and non-profits in the region joined forces to promote and connect over 125 miles of multi-use trails.
WHAT IS THE LINK?
THE LINK Trail Network is an interconnected network of beautiful multi-use trails offering Lehigh Valley residents and visitors the opportunity for year-round outdoor recreation, alternative transportation, and healthy living. THE LINK currently contains over 125 miles of trails with plans for 100 additional miles and aims to close priority trail gaps in the near future.
There’s a “find your trail” feature on the website which aims to assist unfamiliar trail users on where to start exploring or avid trail users searching for a new trail. The news and events section highlights ribbon cuttings on new trail connections, funding to close trail gaps, and a variety of events. Future additions will include an interactive map with trailheads, bathroom locations, and trip itineraries that suggest places to eat, shop, and explore along your route.
HOW DO I USE IT?
Trails are your connection to the outdoors. No matter your abilities or skill levels, THE LINK provides opportunity to get outside and participate in fun recreational activities throughout the region.
BIKE: Whether you’re in training wheels or testing out the newest bike on the market, THE LINK is the perfect place to find a trail to spin your wheels.
RUN: Training for a 10K? Going for a jog? You’ll find mile after mile of smooth-running terrain.
EXPLORE: See the sights! Trails along THE LINK pass by and feature many historic landmarks that offer glimpses of the Lehigh Valley’s unique heritage.
WALK: Get out and walk! It’s fun, easy, and great for your physical and mental health to take a short walk.
DOG FRIENDLY: Leashed dogs of all sizes are welcome.
CREATE: Inspiration abounds on network of trails. You’ll never run out of inspiration and things to photograph, draw, or paint.
WHAT TRAILS ARE PART OF THE LINK?
Looking for a trail close to home? Planning a day with friends and family and need a convenient meet-up spot? Wondering what activities are allowed or what the rules and regulations are at a certain trail? All information including searchability by location, activity, or trail type can be found on TheLinkTrails.com.
The following trails are part of THE LINK Trail Network:
- Bushkill Township Trail
- D&L Trail
- Ironton Rail-Trail
- Jordan Creek Greenway
- Karl Stirner Arts Trail
- Lehigh Parkway Path
- Liberty-Water Gap Trail
- Nor-Bath Trail
- Plainfield Township Recreation Trail
- Saucon Rail Trail
- Slate Heritage Trail
- South Bethlehem Greenway
- Tatamy Trail
… and more to come.
THE LINK Trail Network debuted in November 2018 as a brainchild of The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor’s partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Lehigh Valley Greenways, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, Discover Lehigh Valley, Wildlands Conservancy, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and Northampton County, and Lehigh County.