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December 30, 2023 | 10am – 12pm
This 2.7-mile hike led by Wildlands Conservancy is an out-and-back hike with lots of variety. We’re going south up an old farm road to wide, expansive views of TNP and beyond. From the heights and open views, we’ll dip down to the Jordan Creek and stroll on the level Covered Bridge Trail to the newly re-furbished Geiger’s Bridge. Then we’ll re-trace our steps.
The 1,108-acre Trexler Nature Preserve, home of the Lehigh Valley Zoo, was owned by General Harry Clay Trexler, a successful lumber merchant and a founder of Lehigh Portland Cement Company. Trexler created the preserve to protect bison, elk, and white-tail deer.
This walk is appropriate for all ages, but not for strollers or wheelchairs. There is one long, steep uphill near a bird blind (these hills just can’t be avoided at TNP!). Comfortable footwear is recommended. Bring hiking poles. Wildlands will have poles available too. Dogs on leash are welcome. Bring binoculars and/or camera to observe the elk from the road if you choose to drive into the park afterwards. There are many other trails (about 20 miles!) to explore while you are here. No bathrooms available on our route. However, bathrooms are available at the back of the Trexler Environmental Ed Building on Orchard Road.
DIRECTIONS: Key in the term: “Trexler Border Trail Parking” or “Parking Trexler Border Trail.” Take Route 309 North to Schnecksville and turn left at the sign for the Game Preserve. Follow Game Preserve Road for 2.1 miles to the entrance to the Zoo on your left. Turn left here but go just 486 feet and turn left again into the Trexler Border Trail parking lot.
Get Out! for Wellness is gratefully funded by Lehigh Valley Health Network.
For registration questions, contact Arianna Kohler, firstname.lastname@example.org
Program questions, contact Christine Murray, email@example.com
Program is free; please register online at: https://www.wildlandspa.org/event/get-out-for-wellness-trexler-nature-preserve-border-trail-central-range/.