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New Northern Lehigh Trail System Map to be unveiled

Published November 29. 2010 05:00PM

Northern Lehigh at a glance.

That's the snapshot those who attend a news conference and map unveiling at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center in Slatington are certain to catch wind of.

The event will introduce the new Northern Lehigh Trail System Map, a cooperative project between Northern Lehigh Future Focus and The Lehigh Gap Nature Center, said Robert Stettner, president of NLFF.

Stettner said the 11-inch-by-17-inch trifold map contains an overview of the Northern Lehigh Trail System and the Lehigh Gap Nature Center and its trail network, along with maps of four major trails in the Northern Lehigh area, and brief histories of the major towns in the Northern Lehigh area.

In addition, the map contains brief capsules of the eight trails, which are contained in or traverse through the northern section of both Lehigh and Northampton counties, Stettner said.

The trails includes the Appalachian Trail, Lehigh River Water Trail, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Slatington National Historic District Walking Tour Trail, Slate Heritage Trail, Lehigh Valley Log Cabin Auto Tour Trail, Walnutport Canal Towpath Trail and the Lehigh Gap Nature Center Trail Network, he said.

Stettner said Northern Lehigh Future Focus and the Lehigh Gap Nature Center provided funding for the trail maps, which were produced as a public service to trail users in the Northern Lehigh area, as well as a tool to encourage trail use and promote the vast and growing trail system in the Northern Lehigh area to those living outside it.

An initial printing of 5,000 maps was recently completed, and the trail maps will be available at Slatington and Walnutport Borough Halls, Washington Township Municipal Building, Slatington Trailhead and the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, he said.

Northern Lehigh Future Focus is a Slatington-based community visioning group that serves the Northern Lehigh area.

For further information regarding the news conference and map unveiling, contact Stettner at (610) 767-7626, or Stettner

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