THE LINK: Trail Network launches website

If you live in the Lehigh Valley or have visited here in recent years, you likely know we have one of the most extensive trail networks in the northeast. If not, there’s a new website to help you start exploring. Even if you’re an experienced area rider, there’s still much to be learned here as well.

THE LINK describes themselves as “an interconnected network of safe, beautiful multi-use trails offering Lehigh Valley residents and visitors the opportunity for year-round outdoor recreation, transportation, and healthy living.” The site is run by a coalition of local partners committed to providing a valuable resource to area residents and visitors.

With over 300 miles of trails already in the Lehigh Valley and more on the way, THE LINK aims to be your primary source of information. You can sign up for their newsletter, and follow them on Facebookand Instagram to keep up with trail news as it is announced.

Blue Trikke T10 Roadster by old yellow Ironton Railroad pump car
One of my favorite photo spots at the end of the paved spur near Portland Street

Their coverage of local trails is extensive, and they plan to add information to trails that link the Lehigh Valley to New Jersey and Philadelphia. Each local trail page features a wealth of information, including a history and description, trail length, trail width, map, access point addresses, available activities, photo galleries, and plans for future trail extensions.

The only information you won’t find is each trail’s suitability for Trikkes. Trikkes need adequately wide trails with smooth pavement, and I don’t advise trying them on gravel trails at all. Trails you should avoid Trikking are:

  • D&L Trail except for the short portion from the boat launch just east of Route 33 in Easton to bridge crossing the canal near Canal Street on Easton’s South Side
  • The western end of the Ironton Rail Trail from Levans Road to Portland Street
  • Most of the Nor-Bath Trail, though the paved portions in Wayne A. Grube Memorial Park and Bicentennial Park are okay.
  • Western portions of the Jordan Park Greenway
  • Slate Heritage Trail from the PA Turnpike bridge to the western end
  • Plainfield Township Trail
  • Saucon Rail Trail
  • Liberty-Water Gap Trail

There are other suitable Trikking trails in the Lehigh Valley, but they tend to be in smaller parks that are not listed on THE LINK. Consider checking out the following parks if you are looking for other places to Trikke in the Lehigh Valley:

  • Rodale Park in Trexlertown
  • Trexler Memorial Park in Allentown
  • Cedar Beach Park in Allentown
  • Bethlehem Township Municipal Park in Bethlehem Township
  • Palmer-Bethlehem Township Bikeway in Easton

A while ago, I had envisioned developing a summary of trail information like this for Trikke Universe, but it proved to be more work than I have had time for in recent years. I’m grateful to THE LINK for gathering all of this information in one place, and it’s something I can link my own writing to as needed. I hope you’ll enjoy their site and find it as useful as I have.

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