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Many valuable open space resources worthy of discovery and preservation exist throughout Northampton County – scenic mountains and farmland views, river corridors and large forests, parks and historic sites. The Kittatinny Ridge to the north, provides a scenic backdrop with distinctive gaps, overlooks and a globally significant greenway. The Delaware River flows along the eastern portion of the County and the Lehigh River to west, provide ecological and recreational opportunities to all types of users. The southern portion of the County is bounded by the rolling hills of the Pennsylvania Highlands. Tying it all together are picturesque farmlands and woodlands that roll throughout the central regions of Northampton County.

Northampton County has an abundant variety of resources for outdoor recreation opportunities. Within its borders sits the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Jacobsburg State Park & Environmental Education Center, Delaware Canal State Park, ten county parks and numerous local parks. Northampton County is a hub for major trail systems such as the D&L Trail, September 11th National Memorial Trail and the Liberty-Water Gap Trail,  connecting to over 300-miles of land and water trails. Northampton County’s Open Space exist throughout from rolling hillsides and valleys to our waterways and flyways.


Environmental Assistance Services Grant Program

The Northampton County Livable Landscapes Program provides grant funding opportunities for municipal parks, land preservation and environmental services.  The Environmental Services Assistance Program (ESAP) allocates funds for land acquisition and environmental restoration efforts within the County's natural areas. The purpose of the program is to protect the County's important natural features by assisting municipalities and non-profit organizations to acquire and restore permanently protected lands where these resources are found. .Applications must be dropped off or emailed to Bryan S. Cope, Open Space Coordinator by 2pm on March 30, 2018.  To download the grant application form, please click here.







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     Current Projects

    ​Wild, Scenic Delaware River Geotourism Project

    Northampton County has been selected to participate in a Geotourism project surrounding the Delaware River. National Geographic and the National Parks Conservation Association, funded by William Penn Foundation, are working within a 9-county area in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. The focus of the project is to highlight local businesses, events and heritage.


    Two Rivers Trail Gap 9A

    Northampton County has hired Hanover Engineering to complete the engineering and design of a 1.6 mile section of trail. The trail will provide access from the Stockertown and Plainfield Trails to Jacobsburg State Park. The project is being funded by the Act 13 – Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund (provide a map of the area)

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