11/17/2022 – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced a significant state investment in new grant funding to support the development of the D&L Trail in the Lehigh Valley.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is committing nearly $3 million to close key trail gaps in Catasauqua, Hanover Township, and Allentown. There is also a $2 million match, secured by Sen. Browne through the 2022-23 state budget, to close significant sections of trail gaps along the eastern side of the Lehigh River. Once completed, these sections will provide the D&L with 140 miles of continuous trail.
DCNR is also committing $2 million to match funds from Lehigh County to help acquire land for future trail development. Once completed, the 165-mile trail will connect Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, making it the longest multi-use trail in Pennsylvania.
Closing these gaps will help connect many more communities and provide more opportunities for residents to get out on the trail.
“This is a monumental announcement that quite literally forges the path to connect D&L Trail from Mountaintop in Luzerne County to Bristol in Bucks County, bringing it through the heart of Allentown,” Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Executive Director Claire Sadler said. “Our work is impossible without the support of essential partners whose efforts and expertise help create these vital connections throughout the corridor.”
You can explore more of the D&L Trail using the interactive map at their website: Delaware & Lehigh – National Heritage Corridor (delawareandlehigh.org)