Join us for GOLV’s first visit to the amazing Lehigh Gap Nature Center. Naturalists at LGNC cracked the mystery of how to re-vegetate 400 acres in the barren Lehigh Gap that had been denuded by waste material from the Palmerton Zinc Pile Superfund site. During the mid-1990’s the Wildlife Information Center bought a house and some surrounding acres in Lehigh Gap. The house became the Osprey House, a center for indoor instruction and gatherings. The LGNC owns 756 acres, including a 2.5 mile riparian zone along the Lehigh River.
The hike is appropriate for children of all ages. Although the smooth D&L Trail runs right by the Osprey House, we’ll be walking on narrow woodland trails, which are not suitable for strollers or wheel-chairs. Bring hiking poles or walking sticks, wear sturdy shoes—possibly ones that can get a little wet. After our half-mile hike on the rocky Warbler Trail, we drive up river to Bowmanstown and explore more level trails at LGNC’s Three Ponds area.
DIRECTIONS: From US Route 22, take Rt. 309 North for 9.4 miles. Continue straight on PA-873 N for 3 miles and make a slight right to stay on PA-873 N. After 3.6 more miles on Rt. 873, you’ll be in downtown Slatington. At the stop light, turn left onto PA-873 N/N Walnut Street for 1.7 miles to Paint Mill Road on your right. Continue 0.5 miles to Lehigh Gap Nature Center. Just before the building follow the arrows up to the parking lot. Park beyond the Nature Center. We will meet in front of the Nature Center. Where: Lehigh Gap Nature Center, 8844 Paint Mill Road, Slatington, PA 18080 Length: 3 miles Duration: 2 hours GPS: 40.784195, -75.609017