You know what they say – “Happiness is a warm puppy”
If you have never been loved by a dog, you’re missing out on something really great. There’s a reason why dogs are referred to as Man’s best friend. And there is no better way to return that affection to your little pooch than taking him out for a sniff along a trail.
Dogs are required to be leashed on most of the trails. Do not forget to carry water for your pet, and plastic bags as well to clean up after them. SassyDogFashions offers a stylish must-have Dog Walker Bag to carry all the stuff when heading out for walks, hikes, and hangouts. You can carry water, doodoo bags, cell phone and more in the bag while keeping your hands-free during the trail adventure.
Read on to know the best dog-friendly walking and hiking trails within 20-mile radius of Northampton, PA.
D & L Trail – Lehigh Canal (South)
You and your dog can access the trailhead at Bethlehem Sand Island located behind the Depot Restaurant and behind the Ice House 56 River St, Bethlehem, PA 18018.
Bethlehem is one of the two largest cities on the D&L Trail. The trail is paved for the first few miles before reverting to crushed-stone surface. As you and your canine sidekick pedal through the trail, you’ll have a look at the impressive Bethlehem steel sacks across the river. Once one of the largest steel manufacturers in the country, the site is now home to a popular entertainment and cultural events venue.
D&L Trail – Hugh Moore Park Trailhead
The Hugh Moore Park Trailhead is located along the D&L Trail spur at 2750 Hugh Moore Park Road, Easton, PA 18042. This trail spur ultimately leads to National Canal Museum, Canal Boat Rides, and D&L National Heritage Corridor offices. There’s ample parking space available in the Hugh Moore Park lot. You can reach the D&L Trail spur by walking away from the Lehigh River and toward the canal at the back of the parking lot.
Hugh Moore Bark Dog Park in Easton, PA
Dog Owners have Easton’s best, new spacious dog park where they can take their dogs to socialize with other dogs and even have a cookout BEFORE they hop on the trail. Located right inside the entry of Hugh Moore Park is a brand new dog park that just opened last month. Regulations are posted and dog owners are responsible for doodoo cleanup. Whether your dog is big or small, he now can have the time of his life at Easton’s Hugh Moore Bark.
D&L Trail – Lehigh Canal (South)
The trailhead can be accessed at 220 S Delaware Drive, Easton, PA 18042. Starting at the southern end, this section of the D&L trail is the longest – spanning 60 miles from Bristol to Easton. The crushed-stone towpath dates back to the canal-building era of the early and mid-1800s. Along the trail, you will find canal locks, aqueducts, and other historical structures. A popular stop among trail users is the Locktender’s House and Lock 11 in New Hop mainly to explore the historical roots.
D & L Trail – Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail
You can unload the dogs at South Lehigh Gorge Drive, Weatherly, PA 18255. The Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail cuts through 4,500 acres of river gorge parkland along the Lehigh River. The 26-mile trail features river views on one side and scattered waterfalls on the other side. A scenic view for you and your little one to enjoy. About a mile into the crushed-stone route will lead you to a renovated iron bridge that supports bicycle and pedestrian users.
Lehigh Gorge Trail
(Jim Thorpe, PA)
The Lehigh Gorge Trail links downtown Jim Thorpe with the gorgeous Lehigh Gorge State Park. You can explore the trail along with your little pooch; however, do not forget to keep him on a leash. Hike along the trail and enjoy a day surrounded by mother nature. You can also take a relaxing ride through the natural wonders in the beautiful Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway.
So, where do you head out for some tail-wagging adventure near Northampton? Do let us know in the comments section below!