Monocacy Way Nature Trail

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Monocacy Creek watershed encompasses 48.8 square miles in eastern Lehigh and western Northampton counties, just south of Blue Mountain.  Its headwaters lie in the slate belt, near the Borough of Chapman.  It follows a meandering 20.3-mile course through the limestone Lehigh Valley, to its confluence with the Lehigh River in the City of Bethlehem.  The Monocacy Creek is one of only 56 limestone streams in the state of Pennsylvania.

There are two City of Bethlehem parks along the Monocacy Trail where ample parking is provided. Monocacy Park, including Monocacy Nature Center, is located on Illick’s Mill Road and Sand Island Park is located at the confluence with the Lehigh River.

The Monocacy is renowned for its ability to sustain a naturally reproducing trout population within the urban environment of the City of Bethlehem.

 

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Courtesy of Mark Zakutansky

For more information:

Monocacy Creek Watershed Association
Box 1041
Bethlehem PA 18016

 

Directions to Monocacy Trail:

Located in the City of Bethlehem the Monocacy Trail can be reached from US-22 or PA-378.  Take Schoenersville Rd. off US-22 and proceed south.  Travel 1 mile and turn left onto Illicks Mill Rd.  Parking lot will be on the right before crossing the stream.

 

 

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