It’s Always Nice To Hike Along The Lehigh River: First Time In White Haven
Wild mushroom season is just about over here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I found more than enough for myself and to share with family and friends. So instead of searching for wild mushrooms, as I have the last six weeks, I decided to take my camera and hike near the Lehigh River on Saturday morning.
I have hiked along this beautiful and historic river many times. From the Lehigh Tannery to the Lehigh Gap, I have enjoyed my walks on the well maintained D & L Trail. However, I had never hiked the 1 1/2 mile stretch from White Have to the Lehigh Tannery. I did on Saturday.
It was a cold, blustery day when I arrived in White Haven. The weather didn’t keep folks from enjoying the trail. There were dozens of bicyclists renting bicycles at a shop along the trail just outside of the town of White Haven.
I first crossed this bridge when I was 10 years old, with my brother John, when we went camping in nearby Hickory Run State Park with the Cub Scouts. My baby brother Mike was born on that day. I have used this bridge hundreds of times since then, but this was the first time I hiked underneath it.
Although it was late October, the trees and shrubs along the trail were not sporting their usual brilliant Fall colors . It was a warm and wet Summer and Fall and only some of the birch and aspen trees had begun to change color. And, instead of turning color, many of their leaves had already fallen to the ground.
I walked about 2 1/2 miles south on the trail when I came to the trestles from the old Hayes Creek Railroad. I would seem that this section of the Lehigh River has been a very popular fishing spot over the year. So I was told by many fishermen friends on social media.
It was still overcast, windy and cold as I began my return hike. The bad weather didn’t deter the many bicyclists on the trail. I walked into a steady stream of them on my walk back. Many stopped to admire the waterfalls along the way.
There is so much history along this river and trail and you can search some other blogs I have posted from earlier hikes. I returned to my car having enjoyed another hike in the woods of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. Lehigh Gorge White Haven. October 20 2018.
A brooding calm in all the air,
A dreamy quiet everywhere…
A golden glow to light the day
That fades in purple mists away—
This soothing calm, this presence bright,
October’s sweet and mellow light.
~Phebe A. Holder