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The Best Places to Take a Walk in Downtown Bethlehem

Whether you prefer the hustle and bustle of a historic downtown street or the calming quiet of a local stream, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania has it all within walking distance of our Main Street Lofts.

Here are some of our favorite places to head to on foot!

Sand Island

One of 47 trailheads to the historic 165-mile long D&L Trail is sitting right in the heart of Downtown Bethlehem. The Sand Island Trail can be accessed from River St, and also by foot via the Fahy Bridge. Featuring a family-friendly paved walking trail that runs alongside the Lehigh River, Sand Island is also a great place to fish, take the kids to the park, or set up a picnic on a sunny afternoon.

Heritage Trail

For a relaxing stroll and a jump back in time, check out the Bethlehem Heritage Trail!  This 11-mile trail is divided up into six sections and takes you through a multitude of Moravian historic sites including the Burnside Plantation, the Historic Moravian Bethlehem National Historical District, Bethlehem’s first suburbs featuring memorials dedicated to local fallen soldiers of the Revolutionary War, and an homage to the Bethlehem Steel (once the second largest U.S. steel producer).

God’s Acre/ Moravian Cemetery

This historic cemetery founded in 1742 by Count von Zinzendorf features a paved walking trail. Walking through the United States’ oldest maintained cemetery, you’ll see a multitude of trees native to the Bethlehem area, the grave sites of Revolutionary War soldiers, slaves, Native Americans, and more.

Philip J. Fahy Memorial Bridge

The Fahy Memorial Bridge bridges the gap between Center City and South Side Bethlehem and features a closed off walking area foot travelers on foot. On your way       across the bridge, you’ll see the site of the old Bethlehem Steel and a beautiful stretch    of the Lehigh River. If you’re also planning on visiting Sand Island, you can access it via   the Fahy Bridge.

Main Street

While Main Street is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat or do some shopping, it’s also great for a relaxing stroll through Downtown! Running for over a mile through the center of Bethlehem, you can visit shops, restaurant, Monocacy Park, and Moravian        college as you make your way up and down the block.

The SteelStacks Campus

Even though the Bethlehem SteelStacks have been out of operation since the late 90s, the site has been renovated and revitalized and is open for visitors since. The Steel sits on 10-acres of land and also is home to the ArtsQuest Center which hosts a multitude of events year round such as Musikfest, RiverJazz, and Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley. The Hoover-Mason Trestle is also open to visitors and allows you to walk up and around the Steel to get a better look at this historic factory site. Visit for an event, or just check in to roam the area. Here you can also schedule a walking tour “The Rise and Fall of Bethlehem Steel” to learn more about the U.S.’ second largest steel producer. Please visit www.steelstacks.org/events/tours/ for more information on tours.

Illicks Mill at Monocacy Park

Located north of Main Street, just left of Center Street, Monocacy Park and Illick’s Mill is another scenic and historical spot located in Downtown Bethlehem. Illick’s Mill, once a flour mill, is a restored historical site located within Monocacy Park and is free to visit. The Monocacy Creek runs straight through the park and the walking trail that surrounds it offers a great atmosphere for an enjoyable day out in the sun.