The Slate Heritage Trail, "Rails-to-Trails" project, uses the former Lehigh Valley Railroad right-of-way beginning at a junction with the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Trail in Slatington. From that trailhead the Slate Heritage Trail continues west through Washington Township, and Emerald to Slatedale. We’ll start our hike in the middle and walk in both directions. Bring water shoes, as we will pass several spots where you can wade in Trout Creek. The walk is appropriate for children of all ages. This macadam trail is stroller and wheelchair friendly. Dogs on leash are welcome. Bring binoculars and/or camera for wildlife or historical observations. Bathrooms are available at the covered bridge parking and at the trail’s eastern end. Directions: From Route 22, exit at Exit 53 onto Route 309 N. Travel on Rt. 309 N for 5.8 miles until 309 turns left and Rt. 873 begins. Continue straight on PA-873 N. Stay on PA-873 for 6.1 miles to W. Church Street in downtown Slatington. Turn left onto W. Church Street and continue west for 0.3 mile to 7th Street. Turn right onto 7th Street, crossing over a small bridge. Continue on 7th Street for 0.1 mile to the large parking lot on the left.