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Biking the Delaware and Lehigh Trail from Black Diamond PA to Washington Crossing PA

Old 08-14-19, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
I found it frustrating. The gap in the trail actually starts across the river from Northampton, PA. You cross the river on PA 329/21st Street. You then have to pick your way south through Northampton, N. Catasaqua and Catasaqua. I eventually ended up on Lehigh St., which turns into N. Dauphin. At the intersection of N. Dauphin and N. Bradford I had planned to make a right onto N. Bradford, which takes you right to the trail. (You can see this all on Google Maps.) However, it turns out that N. Bradford is now a one way street going north. The Google Maps Street View footage, which is clearly out of date, shows it as two ways, complete with a median stripe. I had to sit by the side of the road and use my iPhone to sketch out a circuitous route got me to the trail. This (or close to it) is what I did:


You cannot take that cutoff from E. James. It's a private road through a concrete plant. Hanover St. was very busy, and the residential neighborhood you go through after that might make some uncomfortable. In hindsight, I should have just gone the wrong way on N. Bradford. The distance would not have been great. The entire time I was sketching out my route not one car came out of N. Bradford. And if the street were once wide enough for two lanes there should be room to move over in the event you do encounter an oncoming vehicle.

As for how exactly I got to Lehigh St. I am not certain, but I am pretty sure I ended up on Race St. and made a left onto Lehigh. May have been Main St. in Northampton to 4th to Bridge to 2nd St. to Race to Lehigh. I just remember it seemed to lake forever with stop signs and some lights.

Of course, if you are headed north only you don't have to worry about N. Bradford being one way.
Thank you very much for taking the time to reply with such detail. I really appreciate it.
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Old 08-15-19, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by gt3racerich View Post
Thomas, one more question if I may.
Is it fairly easy to figure out how to get past the seven mile closed section in Allentown (on the road)? I am not familiar with the area at all.
It's not worth the trouble in my opinion.
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Old 09-05-19, 06:54 PM
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Originally Posted by jpescatore View Post
From Washington Crossing to New Hope is table flat. If both sides were dry, I'd probably prefer the PA side, which had more views of the river. On the NJ side, the canal seemed to veer further from the river and was more by a road. The NJ side also got more confusing and fragmented as you neared Lambertville.

So, if it was dry and I could only do one side I'd probably do PA but you could make a nice 16 mile loop and do both - I'm pretty sure the bridge at Lambertville has a sidewalk for bikers/peds.
I went on a short, but lovely ride, on the PA side from Wash. Crossing to New Hope and back. The PA side is nice and shady and I spoke with a local who told me the NJ side was sunny, especially in the afternoon. If you're coming from PA, just prior to the Scudders Falls Bridge, take that exit (I think it's the last one in PA and marked New Hope), go about a mile west towards the park. There is a gravel parking lot on the right that is next to the path. I'll park there next time to add a couple more miles.

I did stop and sit at a covered picnic table area for about 20 minutes, about 1/2 way to New Hope and tucked my legs below the seat. Beware of fleas! I had more than two dozen bites on the back of my calves, which I suppose I got there, the only time I got off my bike.

Also, be prepared to wash your bike afterwards. It was very dusty and my bike was filthy.

Thanks for the information. I will go back.
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Originally Posted by RECfromPA View Post
I went on a short, but lovely ride, on the PA side from Wash. Crossing to New Hope and back. The PA side is nice and shady and I spoke with a local who told me the NJ side was sunny, especially in the afternoon.
Yes. Below Lambertville the NJ side is relatively exposed compared to the PA side. Above L'Ville, the NJ side is in the shade. While welcome on a hot day, it's an aspect that can make it somewhat boring because you get few views of the river.
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