SOUTH BETHLEHEM GREENWAY;
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Last Updated: November 14, 2013
Length: South Bethlehem Greenway; 1.2 miles +
On-road access to the D & L Trail;
Difficulty: Easy. Flat paved rail trail.
To access the trailhead at S New Street; You may access the trail from the D & L Trail; Lehigh Canal South in Bethlehem.
To start from the Steel Ave parking lot; From
The South Bethlehem Greenway is a linear park that follows the former Norfolk Southern rail line, from East 3rd St nearly to Saucon Park. Eventually the trail will run more than 3 miles between Union Station and Saucon Park. The trail passes the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation site, where steel stacks tower over the park's treetops. Future plans call for continuing the trail south where it will hook into the SAUCON RAIL TRAIL in Saucon Township.
Note; You can access the D & L Trail; Lehigh Canal South on-road from S New St. Travel north on S New St to W 3rd St, cross and turn left. Travel past the ornately decorated bus stop and turn right along the sidewalk up the access ramp for the bridge (look right to spot the old Bethlehem-St Luke's Union Station). Just before you reach the bridge turn left across the double cross-light to reach the sidewalk along Route 378. Head right passing the old Lehigh Valley RR building to your left. Cross over the Hill to Hill Bridge to Bethlehem. Just after crossing the bridge turn left down an old access ramp (closed) to 2nd Ave then left again to Spring St. Turn left and travel down Spring St and underneath the bridge to Main St. Turn right and cross W Lehigh St and the RR tracks (look left to spot the old Freight Station & RR Station) followed by the canal to reach the D & L Trail after 1.1 miles
S New Street; Travel east along this urban paved greenway with lights,
benches and iron rail fencing. A gazebo and artwork are also located along the
trail as well. Several street crossings (name of streets painted on trail) which
have been narrowed to slow down traffic. After 0.8 miles the trail travels
alongside Daly Ave. Across the street are the huge remnants of the Bethlehem
Steel mills. The Sands Casino now sits on land which was once
part of this complex. The trail passes by the Steel Ave parking lot
before passing the Bethlehem Skate Plaza at 1.2 miles. The
trail continues to E 6th St but I have not checked out that section yet. Note;
As of November 2013 they are currently extending the trail from
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