Near our home in the Poconos is the Lehigh Tannery Trailhead, part of a 26 mile “rail-trail” through Lehigh Gorge State Park that extends from White Haven to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. The trail follows the Lehigh River, which was used to transport anthracite coal and hemlock trees in the 19th century. In the 1860s, the second largest tannery in the US sat on the banks of the river at the town of Lehigh Tannery. Remains of locks, dams and towpath can still be seen in the Lehigh River Gorge.
The dog friendly trail is a wide, flat cinder path that is well maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. It accommodates walkers, runners, bikers, and in winter, cross-country skiers. The water releases from the Francis E. Walter Dam during the spring, summer, and fall months make the the companion section of the Lehigh River a hugely popular spot for (Class III) white water rafting and kayaking.