Summer is rolling around and hiking season is in full force, so lace up those boots and grab your backpack! If you find yourself in Lehigh valley this summer, don’t overwhelm yourself with all that it has to offer. To help pick the best hiking trail for you, we’ve put together some of our favorites.
Jacobsburg State Park
The Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center is a great stop for views overlooking Lehigh Valley. More commonly referred to as the Jacobsburg State Park, this park is only one of four environmental education centers in Pennsylvania. Covering more than 1,160 acres, take your friends and explore the lush 18.5 miles of hiking and biking trails. With access to Bushkill Creek, even your dog will love this section of the woodlands.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
If you are looking for more of a hands on experience, try out Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. About 35 minutes west of Woodmont, Hawk Mountain is a great destination for any adventure enthusiast. For stunning panoramic views, take the climb and scramble to South Lookout. If you’re not in the mood for climbing, take the fully accessible route instead. Offering a number of hiking trails, look outs and so much more, this spectacular mountaintop reserve offers a view of the Lehigh Valley like no other.
Bake Oven Knob
Just a half hour drive North, Bake Oven Knob is the place to go for a sunrise or sunset hike. Experience a morning overlooking your home with the equally as beautiful lookout spots on either side of the mountain. A favorite among locals, this amazing view is a must visit. We recommend heading out extra early to avoid daytime crowds.
The Pool Wildlife Sanctuary covers 77.5 acres of meadows, trails and boardwalk along the Little Lehigh Creek. Donated by Air Products founder, Leonard Parker Pool lets you connect to the past by visiting the Wildlands’ main office which is housed in the 1800s farmhouse and 1869 Pennsylvania German bank barn. Trails are accessible for hikers, dog walkers, runners and avid bird watchers from dawn all the way to dusk.
The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor
Spanning 165 miles through Lehigh Valley, this historic transportation route is now a multi-use trail that includes rivers, canals and railroad crosses. The Lehigh Valley section of the trail is approximately 48 miles and spans a large portion of the Central region. Travel back in time and plan your day on the trail, biking, hiking, kayaking, or checking out art galleries and museums.
You can also check out the National Canal Museum, the only museum in the country. This location is dedicated to telling the story of America’s historic towpath canals. Slate, zinc and limestone for cement used to be processed here, making Lehigh Valley responsible for the true building blocks of our nation. The museum features hands-on exhibits to educate and entertain, so try your luck harnessing a mule or learn how to steer a canal boat!
Trexler Nature Preserve
A popular destination for families is the 1,108 acres of Trexler Nature Preserve. This area of Pennsylvania hosts a variety of unique landscapes, as well as bison and elk in their natural habitat. Founded by General Harry Trexler as a way to protect endangered elk and bison at the turn of the 20th Century, the trail is loaded with history. Located in the middle of the park, Trexler Nature Preserve also offers its visitors exclusive access to the Lehigh Valley Zoo, the perfect finishing touch to a day of adventure.
Hiking Trails in Lehigh Valley Near Your Home
Although summer brings out the adventurer in all of us, why limit yourself to only weekend visits of Lehigh Valley? If you are looking for an apartment close to the action, check out our convenient Lehigh Valley apartment location at Woodmont Ridge. With a variety of accommodating apartment features and floor plans just minutes from Pennsylvania’s most scenic views, Woodmont Ridge has something for everyone. To schedule a visit, contact one of our leasing professionals today. We look forward to hearing from you!