What are the Rail Trail Rules in Hellertown?

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Credit: Josh Popichak

A sign along the Saucon Rail Trail in Hellertown reminds dog-walkers that it is not only proper etiquette to clean up after their pooches--it is also the law.

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It’s the time of year when the weather is warming, many people’s thoughts are turning to exercise in the great outdoors, and consequently foot and pedal traffic will be increasing along the Saucon Rail Trail, which meanders for nearly seven miles through Hellertown, Lower Saucon Township and Upper Saucon Township.

The rail trail–which opened in 2011 on a defunct SEPTA line–is a popular place to walk, jog, bike, or simply sit on a bench and watch the world go by. However, there are rules for its use. Below is a visual reminder of what they are in Hellertown (a more detailed list of trail-wide and municipality-specific rules can be found here).

A sign along the Saucon Rail Trail at Water Street Park in Hellertown outlines the rules for trail users.

Credit: Josh Popichak

A large sign along the Saucon Rail Trail at Water Street Park in Hellertown outlines the rules for trail users in the borough.

Additional information about the section of the rail trail that passes through Lower Saucon Township–including a primer on trail etiquette–can be found on the township’s website.

Arguably among the most important pieces of trail etiquette are the following bits of advice:

A sign along the Saucon Rail Trail in Hellertown reminds dog-walkers that it is not only proper etiquette to clean up after their pooches--it is also the law.

Credit: Josh Popichak

A sign along the Saucon Rail Trail in Hellertown reminds dog-walkers that it is not only proper etiquette to clean up after their pooches–it is also the law.

  • Keep right, except when passing someone, and walk no more than two abreast.
  • Keep dogs leashed and remember to clean up after them (also a rule).
  • For cyclists, ring a bell or politely call out “On your left!” when passing someone.

Trail users are also reminded to respect the property and privacy of people whose homes are along the path.

Saucon Rail Trail users from outside the area should note that the parking lot at Water Street Park in Hellertown is closed this year, while the park is under construction as part of a year-long renovation project. Parking is available further south at the Walnut Street (Hellertown) and Reading Drive (Lower Saucon Township) trailheads, as well as at several points in Upper Saucon Township.

For a detailed map of the trail–which extends from Bachman Street in the north to Southern Lehigh Living Memorial Park in the south–click here or visit the Saucon Rail Trail website.

Water Street Park in Hellertown closed April 1 for a lengthy construction project that will include an expansion of the parking area used by rail trail visitors.

Credit: Josh Popichak

Water Street Park in Hellertown closed April 1 for a lengthy construction project that will include an expansion of the parking area used by rail trail visitors.

Mile marker 52 along the trail is located between the Water and Walnut Street crossings in Hellertown.

Credit: Josh Popichak

Mile marker 52 along the rail trail is located between the Water and Walnut Street crossings in Hellertown.

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