Delaware & Lehigh

   delawarelehigh_posterDelaware and Lehigh National and State Heritage Corridor

Stretching 150 miles, the Delaware and Lehigh Navigation Canal Heritage Corridor (NHC) follows the historic routes and overland railroads of the Delaware Canal and the Lehigh Navigation System, from Bristol to Wilkes-Barre, in eastern Pennsylvania.

The Link to the Susquehanna…

canal_thorpeTo connect the Lehigh Navigation System to the Susquehanna River and the surrounding Wyoming Valley coal fields, the Lehigh and Susquehanna Railroad had to be carried over a mountain on inclined planes. Remnants of the planes can still be seen between Solomon Gap and Ashley. At the farthest reach of the historic system is the city of Wilkes-Barre where the River Common is a reminder of the Yankee settlers who planned the town and the River Street Historic District contains more than 200 historic buildings.

Carbon County and the Poconos…

canal_thorpe2This mountainous region is widely known for the high quality of its outdoor recreation resources including river trips, camping, hiking, fishing and skiing. The power of the last ice age can be seen here in the Pocono Plateau at Boulder Field, a National Natural Landmark in Hickory Run State Park — the spectacularLehigh Gorge also cuts through the plateau. Witness life in a mining town at Eckley Miners’ Village or visit Jim Thorpe, a remarkably restored 19th century town.

The Lehigh Valley…
Productive soils, vast mineral deposits and the Lehigh Canal created this region’s landscape of farms, intriguing remnants of historic industries and vibrant historic towns. Allentown holds a number of reminders of the region’s past, including a remarkable park system and exhibits at the Lehigh County Historical Society. Bethlehem is the oldest of the valley’s three cities and strongly displays its origin as the communal settlement of Moravianmissionaries. Easton was founded by William Penn’s son, Thomas and is home to the Canal Museum and Hugh Moore Park, two excellent interpretive centers of the canal era.

Bucks County…

Along the upper reaches of the canal_museumDelaware Canal, the river road connects a string of historic villages between Easton and New Hope. The entire length of the canal and its towpath are within Delaware Canal State Park, with many access points for hiking, mountain biking or cross-country skiing along the towpath. In the county seat of Doylestown, Henry Mercer assembled the nation’s most comprehensive collection of early American tools, housed in the Mercer Museum. Taylorville is the location of Washington Crossing Historic Park, where George Washington and 2400 troops crossed the ice-choked Delaware. Bristol is the historic southern terminus of the canal where it flows past a restored riverfront that includes the Senator Joseph Grundy Museum.