Once used by the railroad to transport slate from nearby quarries, the Bangor and Portland railway began operations between Bangor and Portland, Pennsylvania in 1880. The Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western railroad acquired the B and P railway as its Bangor and Portland Division in 1903 with a full merger in 1909. One of the last branches to operate steam locomotives, Bangor Engine Terminal withdrew its last engine in 1953. Conrail purchased the railroad in 1976, and later abandoned it in 1981. In 1987, Plainfield Township purchased 6.7 miles of the railroad bed and began converting it into a recreation trail utilizing Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, CDBG RIRA, PennDOT and DCNR grant funding.
Trail User Experience
The trail offers many beautiful views along the rural scenic countryside, and there are five quaint wooden bridges crossing over the Little Bushkill Creek. The trail surface varies from a very hard packed ballast, grass, loose gravel, and smooth asphalt. All of these surface types will be encountered if you travel the trail's entire length.Users of the trail will take in scenery that varies from rustic farmland scenes, forested areas, wildlife, plants and the babbling waters of the Little Bushkill Creek.
This trail is actively used by equestrians. Even if you don't see a horse on the trail itself, you will pass farmlands and see horses and other animals (sheep, goats and cows) grazing in the fields. Be alert, as the trail crosses several roads. All roads have highly visible retroflective signage in place in accordance with PennDOT standards.
Parking at Trail Heads
To reach the southern Belfast Junction Trail Head, take the Stockertown exit off of Route 33 and turn right at the first stop sign. At the next light, turn left onto Sullivan Trail Road. Continue about 0.75 mile and pass a power station on the right. Park in the lot past the power station.
To reach the midpoint Knitters Hill Road Trail Head, travel south out of Wind Gap on 115 (South Broadway). Turn left on East 3rd Street. Make a right onto Church Road then left on 633 Knitters Hill Road. The parking lot will be on your left.
The northern Buss Street parking area accommodates about 8 cars and is located off Pennsylvania Avenue (State Route 512) on Buss Street in Pen Argyl.