Rain, Cold, Ice, Snow cancels for me...But you dont need me to walk.
Walk half as much as you want to walk, turn around, go back.
Meet at: Water Street Park (http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Lehigh-Valley-Outdoors-Adventures/venue/693784/?forceUrlname=true&pop=true) at the Pavillion
It's really on W. Water St Hellertown, PA
The Arrow marks the Water Streeet Park Parking
Links - Parks & Recreation - Saucon Rail Trail
Map : http://www.lowersaucontownship.org/pdf/railtrailmap.pdf
How long will we walk? ...Half as long as you want and back again
Portions of the Saucon Rail Trail in Hellertown and Lower Saucon Township officially opened Saturday(May 7th 2011), creating an easier way to navigate through Saucon Valley if you're willing to go on foot or bike.
"It's almost like having a super highway built down the middle of four towns," Lower Saucon Manager Jack Cahalan said. "It just opens up a whole new kind of venue that I don't think people have experienced before."
The new portions in Hellertown and Lower Saucon are both about 1.4 miles and connect to about 2 miles already opened in Upper Saucon Township. When other sections in Upper Saucon and Coopersburg are eventually opened, the 10-foot-wide multi-use trail will be 8 miles long.
Main access points in Hellertown include the Thomas Iron Site, near Saucon Park, and Water Street Park. Cahalan said Lower Saucon is working to acquire land so it will have an access point with parking. Until then, residents must drive to Hellertown or Upper Saucon if they want to park close to an entrance.
The trail runs along the former path of the SEPTA rail line, and the municipalities have a 30-year contract at $1 per year. The contract includes a right-of-reversion clause, meaning the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has the right to reclaim the land to restore rail travel there.
The term was a sticking point in getting grants from the state, so funding has come from municipal budgets or other grants, Cahalan said.
The four municipalities are working on an intergovernmental agreement that will lay out how the Saucon Rail Trail Advisory Board will operate. The board will seek sponsorship for the trail or events held on it. Each municipality will be responsible for maintenance of its own portions of the trail.
May 2011 Update – Lower Saucon Township Trail Portion
Effective May 7, 2011, the 1.4 mile Lower Saucon Township portion of the Saucon Rail Trail is open for public use.
The Lower Saucon Township portion of the trail is open daily from dawn to dusk
Permitted uses are walking, jogging, bicycling and cross-country skiing
There is no public parking in Lower Saucon Township adjacent to the Saucon Rail Trail. Visitors must use public parking available at the Upper Saucon Township Community Park or at Hellertown Borough’s Grist Mill and Water Street Parks. NO PARKING IS PERMITTED ALONG LOWER SAUCON TOWNSHIP ROADS ADJACENT TO THE RAIL TRAIL
Please stay on the trail at all times and do not trespass onto private property
Dogs on leash are permitted on the trail and dog owners must clean up and remove all feces from the trail
Currently, there are no trash receptacles on the Lower Saucon Township portion of the trail
Currently, there are no restroom facilities on the Lower Saucon Township portion of the trail. Restroom facilities are available at the Upper Saucon Township Community Park and at the Hellertown Borough’s Grist Mill and Water Street Park trailheads