Plainfield Township Recreation Trail

The Plainfield Township Recreation Trail offers many beautiful views along the rural scenic countryside, and there are five quaint wooden bridges crossing over the Little Bushkill Creek. The trail surface varies from a very hard packed ballast, grass, loose gravel, and smooth asphalt. All of these surface types will be encountered if you travel the trail's entire length. Users of the trail will take in scenery that varies from rustic farmland scenes (with horses and other animals – including sheep, goats and cows- grazing in the field) forested areas, wildlife, plants and the babbling waters of the Little Bushkill Creek.

The trail starts at Belfast Junction Trailhead off Sullivan Trail near Stockertown and travels north to Buss Street. Picnic areas are available at the Belfast Junction and Knitters Hill Road trail entrances. 

Once used by the railroad to transport slate from nearby quarries, the Bangor and Portland railway began operations between Bangor and Portland, Pennsylvania in 1880. The Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western railroad acquired the B and P railway as its Bangor and Portland Division in 1903 with a full merger in 1909. One of the last branches to operate steam locomotives, Bangor Engine Terminal withdrew its last engine in 1953. Conrail purchased the railroad in 1976, and later abandoned it in 1981. In 1987, Plainfield Township purchased 6.7 miles of the railroad bed and began converting it into a recreation trail utilizing Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, CDBG RIRA, PennDOT and DCNR grant funding.

Trail Access Points

Belfast Junction
(40°45'58.48"N, 75°16'17.20"W)
Parking: 29 spaces
ADA Parking: 2 spaces

Knitter's Hill
(40°49'35.70"N, 75°16'0.33"W)
Parking: 8 spaces
ADA Parking: 1 spaces

Buss Street
(40°51'34.05"N, 75°16'20.25"W)
Parking: 8 spaces

Length of open improved trail
6.7 miles
Future Trail Plans

Working with Northampton County and Bushkill Township, the Two Rivers Trail Gap 9A project will extend the Plainfield Township Recreation Trail to the Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center. This project is anticipated to be completed in the 2021/2022 timeframe and will allow trails users to connect to the Jacobsburg trails and the Bushkill Township Trail north of Jacobsburg.

Width of Trail
Trail Surface
Asphalt, Crushed Stone/Cinder, Gravel
Maximum Grade
Trail Type
Public Restroom Details

Location: Belfast Junction
Type: ADA Port-a-John
Availability: Year-Round

Location: Knitter's Hill Trailhead
Type: ADA Port-a-John
Availability: Year-Round

Points of Interest

Scenic Overlook
(40°48'9.24"N, 75°15'55.88"W)

Municipalities Connected
The trail is entirely contained within Plainfield Township.
Trail Rules
  • Enjoy the trail from dawn to dusk
  • Leave No Trace: Pick up garbage and carry out what you carried in
  • Cutting or removal of trees, flowers, and shrubs along the trail is prohibited
  • Discharging firearms from or across the trail is prohibited
  • Ride your horse at a walking pace
  • Pets are permitted but must be kept on a leash
  • Remove all horse/pet waste from the trail
  • The trail is designed for non-motorized vehicles. All motorized vehicles are prohibited
  • Do not drop, throw or scatter matches, cigarettes or other flammable material
  • Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs are prohibited
  • Soliciting at the trail entrance or along the trail is prohibited
  • Trespassing is prohibited
  • Please respect neighboring property owners and stay on the designated trail

Rules/Regulations can be found here.

Notices and Safety Information

Trail users should be cognizant of the fact that hunting may be taking place on the properties along the trail during the designated hunting seasons. In addition, Plainfield Township recommends that all users of the trail adhere to the “Keep Right – Pass Left” general rule. Be alert, as the trail crosses several roads. All roads have highly visible retroflective signage in place in accordance with PennDOT standards.

Date Opened