Whether you're an avid trail user or new to the world of trails, you're bound to have some questions about THE LINK and trail use in general.

For more detailed information on specific trails within THE LINK, click here.

Don't see an answer to your question or need more specific information on a trail topic? Feel free to contact us today.

(Excerpt from "Talking Trails with Chris Strohler")

A trail network is an interconnected system of trails, typically consisting of multi-use trails, sometimes creating optional routes and loops. These networks usually cover a larger geographic region and might have specific destinations like a park, urban center, or body of water. Sometimes a network might utilize other forms of infrastructure like sidewalks, bridges, or shared roadways to help close a gap in the system.

(Excerpt from "Talking Trails with Chris Strohler")

A multi-use trail is built with a wide, flat surface capable of two-way travel. The term multi-use refers to the multiple activities that it can support including biking, running, and sometimes horseback riding. 

(Excerpt from "Talking Trails with Chris Strohler")

Trail gaps are missing segments within an existing trail or between two or more trails. These gaps prevent a seamless route along the trail corridor or within a network. Trail connectivity is vital to establishing a network that benefits recreational users, tourists, and the community.

These gaps are often left as the most difficult section of the trail to build either because of impeding infrastructure, natural barriers, or a lack of funding to construct the necessary connection.

Closing gaps is what makes a network complete and can transform a few individual trails into a full network, opening up opportunities for recreation, transportation, or commuting to school or work.

Not all trails in the Lehigh Valley are considered part of THE LINK. There are two types of trails in THE LINK: 1) main transportation trails and 2) destination trails. 

Main transportation trails should be:

  • off road
  • multi-use; must be open to bicyclists and pedestrians
  • 8 foot wide or greater for two-way travel
  • 2 miles long or greater
  • connected to other trails

Destination trails are:

  • specific use trails, including water trails
  • concentrated trail networks within a park or preserve

To be approved for addition to THE LINK website (main trails or destination trails), fill out this trail content form and a member of THE LINK Steering Committee will contact you. 


While outdoor recreation is a huge part of THE LINK, trails are about much, much more. THE LINK benefits the region across five major areas: outdoor recreation, alternative transportation, health and wellness, economic growth and property value, and the environment. Click here to learn more.