Weissport

With easy trail access, the little town of Weissport has several claims to fame.  First, it’s a great access point for the D&L Trail. Here you can easily slip onto the restored towpath and bike, hike, cross-country ski or fish to your heart’s content. The trail extends north to Jim Thorpe (about 4 miles) and south to Parryville (about 3 miles).
 
Second, the village sits on the site of the original Fort Allen, which was constructed by Benjamin Franklin and his men in January 1756 in response to a series of Indian attacks. The fort’s original well is a local landmark.  Third, Weissport served as a major building site for many of the boats used on the canal.  Boat construction began here as early as the 1830s.  The town’s early development was greatly influenced by the Lehigh Canal’s 1829 opening.  Nestled between the Lehigh Canal and River, Weissport has withstood its share of floods over the years. Despite the damaging high waters, many buildings from the early days have survived. So have the tracks for the old Central Railroad of New Jersey, which ran parallel to the canal. The line is still used today as part of the Norfolk Southern Railroad.

Things to see and do in Weissport

  • Marker 1
    Fort Allen Well

    Fort Allen Well

    In 1756 Benjamin Franklin, the Commander for defense, arrived with over 200 men in force to the deserted and devastated New Gnaden Huetten settlement where his men proceeded to build the Fort Allen Well (the present site of the original Franklin Well). The well, now restored, is the only remaining part of Fort Allen.

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    Parryville Trailhead

    This trailhead provides access north to Weissport.

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    Weissport Historical Area

    Weissport Historical Area

    Weissport flourished as a boat building and commercial center for the Lehigh Canal from 1829-1931. It offers the area's best access to the D&L/Lehigh Canal towpath trail. Many of the town's 19th century buildings survive tucked behind a flood control dike which adjoins the Lehigh River.

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  • Marker 4

    Weissport Trail Section Terminus

    The Weissport section of the D&L Trail terminates just south of Jim Thorpe's waste water treatment plant, with no access to or from the town of Jim Thorpe.

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    Weissport Trailhead

    The Weissport trailhead provides access to the section of towpath north of town and the section linking Weissport and Parryville to the south.

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