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Hiking at Lehigh Gorge State Park

33 miles of trails

Following the D&L Trail, 26 miles of the Lehigh Gorge Trail offer easy hiking along the scenic Lehigh River. Highlights are:

  • Several waterfalls
  • Historic remnants of the Upper Grand Section of the Lehigh Canal
  • Opportunities to see wildlife

For planning an adventure along the Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail:

  • A Lehigh Gorge State Park map (PDF) may be picked up at the Hickory Run State Park Visitor Center and Office, or seasonally is stocked at park access areas.
  • Since Lehigh Gorge is a linear park, access points are far apart. Plan to shuttle or return to where you started. Keep in mind that there is a 2% uphill grade as you travel north.
  • Potable water is available seasonally at the Rockport Access Area.
  • Restrooms are at Rockport and Glen Onoko access areas. A non-flush restroom is at the White Haven access area.
  • The gorge is a natural area that possesses natural hazards like steep and treacherous terrain and fast-moving water. You are responsible for your safety and that of your family.
  • Respect other trail users including wildlife that you may encounter by giving them space.

Prepare for a Safe Hike

For every hike, even on trails less than a mile -- Always carry water, a park map, and wear appropriate footwear. Cell phones are unreliable in the forest and are not an alternative to a paper map.

For longer adventures -- Pack high-energy snacks, more water, and layers for changing weather conditions. Stay well fueled and hydrated for a more enjoyable experience.

Before embarking on your next adventure, consider:

  • Trail length, trail difficulty, and fitness level of your group -- On the park map, most trail lengths are one-way. Double the trail length to return to the starting location.
  • Weather forecast -- Be aware of possible upcoming weather and pack accordingly.
  • Time of day -- The park closes at sunset. Plan to leave the park well before sunset.
  • Have a plan B -- Be flexible! Sometimes changing to a better day or a different trail results in a safer experience.

Bald Mountain Property

The Bald Mountain property is open to hunting and hiking only. The seven miles of hiking trails are not marked or signed. Only experiences hikers should hike this area and should carry a topographic map and a compass or GPS unit, and know how to use them.