A Lot More Spring-Like At The Walnutport Canal Spur Trail
After my frigid, but enjoyable, hike in the Salem Township on Saturday I decided to head south and hike the Walnutport Canal Spur Trail in Northhampton County. I hoped for warmer temperatures and some more sightings of the birds migrating through our area. Walnutport is located about 42 miles south of my home in Hazle Township. And what a difference those few miles made. Spring was almost in full bloom in this quaint little town along the Lehigh River.
When I arrived at the parking lot for the canal trail I first walked a short distance down to the blue waters of the fast flowing Lehigh River. I enjoy my continuing explorations of this river and the path it carved from it’s headwaters of the Pocono Mountains to its merger with the Delaware River near Easton.
I have written about, and posted links to websites, on the history of the Lehigh River and the Lehigh Canal in prior blog posts. (You can search them using the search plugin on my blog page) So this blog will be about the natural beauty that can be found along both the river and canal. The Walnutport Canal Spur Trail follows the old tow path of the Lehigh Canal and is situated between the waters of the canal and the Lehigh River. This is only my fourth hike here in Walnutport but it didn’t take long for me to realize that there will be an abundance of birds and wildlife here, in addition to some beautiful scenery.
As soon as I began my walk I was greeted by the cawing of a group of crows pursing a hawk above the canal. One of them caught up to the hawk and it dived into the much larger bird causing him to retreat to the branches of a large tree.
I watched the gosling swim and feed in the canal for a few minutes then continued my hike past the lock keepers house. It is closed now, because of the corona virus, but I hope to tour the interior of this historic structure when it reopens.
There is also a visitor center along the trail which is closed but which I hope to visit in the future. Past the last home along the canal a trail enters the some woodlands between the river and the old Walnutport canal.
Along the ground many new plants and wildflowers could be found including this native wildflower, the false solomon seal,
and quite a few yellow-rumped warblers along the trail.
The trail ended where another large stream entered the river. An old bridge once spanned the stream but must have collapsed long ago, I began my 2 1/2 hike back. I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to see or photograph any wood ducks or kingfishers but I did see this Carolina wren singing in a tree.
and, I think , a downy woodpecker because of its size. The downy woodpecker is larger than the very similar hairy woodpecker. Here is a link to a gallery on my website with more photos from my hike. Walnutport hike birds May 10 2020
It was midday when I completed my 7 mile hike. I was a little disappointed not seeing the wood ducks or king fishers but it was still a great hike. Every hike is, there is always something to see outdoors if you keep your eyes peeled. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from my hike on the old Walnutport canal. Walnutport hike May 10 2020.
And then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough? Vincent van Gogh