Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
A 165-mile trail connecting waterways, rails and trails along a historic railroad path
More than a series of canals, rivers and railroads, the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor connects the mining counties of northern Pennsylvania to the Landmark Delaware Canal in Bucks County and its final stop at Philadelphia, where coal was eventually sold.
Today, it’s not just the history that boaters, runners, hikers, campers and picnickers enjoy about the corridor. The natural landscapes of the parks, museums, canal boat rides, festivals and trails take you on a journey that will inspire a renewed faith in the future as well as a deep appreciation in the past.
The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is a 165-mile thread of American history following the path of three rivers through eastern Pennsylvania: the Lehigh, the Delaware and the Susquehanna.
The canals and railroads that followed these rivers, transporting coal from the mines in the north down to Philadelphia and beyond, are now a living national park.
Both residents and visitors alike delight at the extraordinary collection of natural, cultural and recreational resources.
Trails along this corridor are still being developed and are not yet completely contiguous. The Corridor’s official website has a great map of the trail, denoting points of interest along the way.
And be aware that rules for use may vary as the trail is owned by various state and local agencies.
National Trails Day, held annually in June
You might want to pick up a copy of “Stone Coal Way”, a guide to navigating the trails, towns and culture of the D&L through eastern Pennsylvania.