The D&L Corridor offers a season-long list of Things to Do

Bil Bowden

Just two hours or so from York is the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, a beautiful showcase of Pennsylvania mountains, rivers and canals stretching 165 miles from Wilkes-Barre nearly into Philadelphia.

If you've been to all your regular autumn haunts, and you're looking for new places to spend a day, a weekend or longer, check this area.


On its website, the D&L lists 'things to do', and it's such a long list, it's unlikely you can hit them all this year.

"It follows the historic routes of the Lehigh and Susquehanna Railroad, Lehigh Valley Railroad, the Lehigh Navigation, Lehigh Canal, and the Delaware Canal, from Bristol(northeast of Philadelphia) to Wilkes-Barre in the northeastern part of the state."


Along the corridor is Easton, home of Saturday and Sunday's Bacon Fest, where all things bacon are sold, tasted,  fried and saluted. The festival closes down main street for weekend-long event. If you dream of bacon, stop in Easton for a bacon daiquiri, bacon ice cream, bacon pastries and of course, the ever-popular chocolate-covered bacon.

Biking, fishing and white water rafting or floating are big activities along the Lehigh River, but check the butterfly gardens, dozens of historic buildings and sites from the transport of coal from the state's northeastern coal mines to Philadelphia, and the Biery’s Port Historic District and Eckley Miners Village. And consider the wineries, antiques and train rides.


The Lehigh Gorge State Park boasts a 26-mile long bike/hike/walk trail with trail heads scattered along the way. The park is north of Jim Thorpe and east of Hazelton, about 120 miles from York.

Because of the season, check first before hitting any tourist spots, since they might be closed for the year.