This trail offers a variety of path surfaces—wide paved asphalt, wide crushed stone, and single-track packed dirt. And its meandering route through the trees makes it a delight to be on. You’ll likely see lots of geese and ducks in the canal, along with some canoes and kayaks. The 150-mile Delaware and Lehigh Canal Navigation System, built from 1817 to 1845, brought anthracite coal from the east central portion of Pennsylvania to various parts of the east coast. With the building of the canal, several canal towns sprang up. There is interesting history along this trail—Easton hosted one of only three public readings of the Declaration of Independence, and during colonial times, the Liberty Bell rested secretly in Allentown. In the future, all 150 miles of the canal system will be converted to trail, from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, PA.