Easton (May 24) – The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) will host five events along the D&L Trail to celebrate National Trails Day on June 1. Events range from interpretive bicycle rides and environmental activities to a dog walk and an open house featuring Hugh Moore Park’s canal mules, Hank and George. National Trails Day is held across America every year on the first Saturday in June. Here are capsule looks at the D&L activities:
Dog owners can take their favorite canine to Dog Walk!, a one-way or roundtrip doggie event in Bucks County beginning at the Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve (1635 River Road, New Hope) at 10 a.m. Participants can walk 2.5 miles along the D&L Trail (Delaware Canal towpath) to the Locktender’s House in downtown New Hope. Or, they can retrace their steps and cover five miles. Gift bags are being given to dog owners and treats will be given to the pups. Please, no retractable leashes. The event will be cancelled in case of rain. A $5 donation is requested from participants. To register, go tohttp://www.facebook.com/LandmarkTowns. For additional information, contact Barbara Swanda at Barbara@delawareandlehigh.org.
Bicyclists in the Lehigh Valley can join an interpretive bike ride from the Route 33 boat launch in Bethlehem Township to the Freemansburg Canal Education Center, a distance of five miles. Riders should arrive at 9:30 a.m. The ride concludes at Lock 44 in Freemansburg, where Hank and George, Hugh Moore Park’s friendly canal boat mules, will welcome the public at an open house that features talks about Freemansburg’s canal history, kids’ games, and free pound cake topped with ice cream and fresh strawberries. The open house gets underway at 10:30 a.m. and concludes at noon. For directions and information, contact Loretta Susen at email@example.com; 610-923-3548 x221.
Get Your Tail on the Trail is the D&L’s event in Carbon County. Adults and children are encouraged to join a 2.8-mile run or walk on the D&L Trail with D&L Executive Director, Elissa Garofalo, and St. Luke’s University Hospital Champion, Bill Moyer. The event begins at 9 a.m. at the Carbon County Trailhead in Jim Thorpe and ends at the Nesquehoning Trestle. Free parking will be available for participants until 9:15 a.m. The St. Luke’s Healthstar Van will be on-site. Visithttp://ow.ly/ldukh for more information and http://tailonthetrail.org/ for news about the new D&L/St. Luke’s wellness program.
Lehigh Gap Nature Center, 8844 Paint Mill Rd. in Slatington, will serve as the site for a variety of environmental programs for adults and kids as well as a starting point for an interpretive bike ride on the D&L Trail to Slatington. Visitors can take part in an insect safari and bird watching hike and also view pond life in a microscope or walk around the LGNC’s native plant gardens. Activities get underway at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Sherry Acevedo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A van tour of the newest section of the D&L Trail will begin at the White Haven Area Public Library and Visitors Center, 99 Towanda Street in White Haven, Luzerne County at 9 a.m. After a tour of the new library and visitors center (the former Lehigh Valley Railroad Engine House) participants will board a van and head north on the new Black Diamond Section of the D&L Trail. There is a limit of 17 people for the tour; registration is required at http://ow.ly/lduHs. The tour, which ends at 11:30 a.m. at the library, includes a one-mile walk on the trail near the new Black Diamond Trailhead. Refreshments and baked goods will be provided. For more information, contact Silas Chamberlin at email@example.com.