Outdoor Fun in Lehigh Valley

With plenty of green space within its urban borders and the Pocono Mountains nearby, Lehigh Valley is a paradise for those who love to get outside.

Kevin Litwin
On Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 13:46

Residents in Lehigh Valley never have to go too far to get active.

Here open spaces in the countryside coexist with urban green space, making it easy to find places for biking, hiking and other outdoor activities.

For winter fun on the slopes, don’t miss Pennsylvania’s highest vertical at Blue Mountain Ski Area & Resort in nearby Palmerton or skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie.

If you like your water unfrozen, visit the Valley’s many waterways for fishing, rafting or just paddling around. Anglers favor the Jordan and Little Lehigh creeks, two of the area’s most heavily stocked trout waters, and the Saucon Creek in south Bethlehem and Hellertown are known for their wild trout. Boaters enjoy Lake Nockamixon, just east of Quakertown, which also has a public pool complex for swimmers. Another favorite swimming hole include is Aqua Park at Dutch Springs in Lower Nazareth Township.

Those looking to tee up can find plenty of ground to cover at the area’s many golf courses, including the Allentown Municipal Golf Course, Easton’s Riverview Country Club and Wedgewood Golf Course in Coopersburg.

For weekend getaways, the Pocono Mountains are just a short drive away, where must-see attractions include Bushkill Falls, known as the the Niagara of Pennsylvania, and other natural wonders like Crystal Cave, which is the state’s oldest operating cave and includes millions of glistening rock formations.


Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years.