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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, while connecting to over 25 miles of local trails. Northampton County’s Open Space exist throughout from rolling hillsides and valleys to our waterways and flyways.


Northern Tier Trail


SAVE THE DATE – Northern Tier Trail Public Meeting

Where: Weona Park Community Center, Borough of Pen Argyl (E Main St, Pen Argyl, PA 18072)

When: October 26, 2017 @ 6:30pm 

The Northern Tier Trail will be the longest east-west trail connection in Northampton County, connecting historic downtowns, passing through federal, state, county and local park systems, showcasing the rolling hills of our agricultural lands and connecting the Delaware & Lehigh Rivers.  The trail will connect to major regional trails such as the D&L Trail, September 11th National Memorial Trail, Liberty-Water Gap Trail and the Two Rivers Trail.  Northampton County has recently hired an experienced Consultant Team consisting of, Gilmore & Associates, Inc., Campbell Thomas & CO. and Mellon Biological Services, LLC.   

We've seen through research that trails and outdoor recreation play a critical role in our economy.  Throughout the Lehigh Valley and within Northampton County we know of the economic value that land preservation and outdoor recreation does for our economy.  Nearly $800 million is spent on outdoor recreation each year in the Lehigh Valley, creating over 9,675 jobs in and outside the Lehigh Valley, while generating $58.9 million in state and local taxes.  An estimated 25% of all tourism in the Lehigh Valley comes from recreation, the largest percentage in the state.


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    ​Funding opportunities exist for municipalities, non-profits, school districts and other entities for land preservation, environmental restoration and municipal park acquisition, development and rehabilitation.

    Municipal Parks Acquisition, Development & Rehablitation Grant – Under the County Council’s Open Space Initiative, $5 million has been allocated for the Northampton County Municipal Park Acquisition and Development Program at $1 million per year over the course of five years (2013-2017). The purpose is to assist Northampton County municipalities to improve and acquire land parks. Download the Municipal Parks Acquisition, Development & Rehablitation Grant Application.

     CLICK HERE to see the remaining balances for each municipality.
    Environmental Services Assistance Grant - The purpose of the program is to protect the county’s important natural features by assisting municipalities and nonprofit organizations acquire and permanently preserve land where these resources are found.   Download 2017 Environmental Services Assistance Program.

    Act 13 – Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund – The County provides assistance funding for projects that are of county-wide and/or regional significance for trail development and environmental restoration.

     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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