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On an August Saturday in 2019 we took a break from yard work and various annoyances to take advantage of a clear day, dryer and cooler than seen in the previous several weeks. This was just a quick check on a segment of the D&L Trail north of Allentown a ways. We just walked, no bicycles, so we did not attempt any major mileage.
The trail elevation is noticeably higher than the river and there is considerable tree cover along the banks, so views of the Lehigh River are obscured, at least at the height of a wet summer. The eastern side of the trail is a borough park, Canal Park, in Northampton. The neighboring town area was less industrial than Ye Olde Photographer expected.
At this point in time, the southern end of the park is the end of this segment of dedicated trail. There are several chunks of it missing between Northampton and Allentown. To the positive, a short (a city block or so) stint on town streets connects to the Nor-Bath trail. That trail is on the former Northampton & Bath Railroad right-of-way and is open six miles eastward to the outskirts of Bath.
"One of these days" Ye Olde Photographer and his Faire Spouse may bring bicycles to cover a little more of these routes. The stretch we walked was paved and being a towpath and/or railroad grade had no significant climbs.