Saturday, August 11, 2018, 10am to 12 noon. Wildlands Conservancy helped preserve the Wildlands Tract at Trout Creek near the covered bridge. The Slate Heritage Trail, 1 3.3 mile "Rails-to-Trails" project, uses the former Lehigh Valley Railroad right-of-way beginning at a junction with the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Trail (D&L) in Slatington. From that trailhead the Slate Heritage Trail continues West through Washington Township, and Emerald to its end in Slatedale. If you walk the entire D&L Trail, you will use a total of four bridges - an original trestle bridge that was restored, two prefabricated pedestrian bridges that were placed by dedicated volunteers, and the Trout Run Covered Bridge that was built from the ground up and dedicated in 2004. We'll start our hike in the middle and walk in both directions (not at the same time). Bring water shoes, as we will pass several spots where you can wade in Trout Creek. The walk is appropriate for children of all ages. The smooth macadam trail is stroller and wheelchair friendly. Dogs on leash are welcome. Bring binoculars/camera for wildlife or historical observations. Bathrooms are available at the parking lot near the covered bridge at at the trail's eastern end near downtown Slatington. Registration: Space is limited. Register online https://register.capturepoint.com/reg/cat_program_list_detail.cfm?season_id=16944&program_id=723280.
Directions: From Route 22, exit at Exit 53 onto Route 309 N. Travel on Route 309 N for 5.8 miles until 309 turns left and Route 873 begins. Continue straight on PA-873 N. Stay on PA-873 for 6.1 miles to W. Church Street in downtown Slatington. Turn left onto W. Church Street and continue west for 0.3 miles to 7th Street. Turn right onto 7th Street, crossing over a small bridge. Continue on 7th Street for 0.1 miles to the large parking lot on the left. We will meet at the parking lot.