Historic Trails
Minsi Trails Council
Boy Scouts of America

The Colonial Trail
South 4th Street in Emmaus Between 17th and 18th Streets on Chew St. at the Allentown Fairgrounds parking lot.
The Durham Trail
Water Street Park at Saucon Creek, Hellertown Intersection of Routes 212 and 611, south of Easton
The Gateway to the Poconos Trail
At corner of Crystal and Analomink Streets in East Stroudsburg at the railway switching tower. Along Route 611 south of the town of Delaware Water Gap at the Resort Point Overlook parking area.
The Industrial Heritage Trail
Community Center, Laubach St., Northampton Church St./World War I monument, Egypt
The Moravian Trail
Monocacy Park, Bethlehem Water Street Park at Saucon Creek, Hellertown
The Nazareth Trail
Moravian Cemetary, Center St., Nazareth Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center, Belfast (Belfast Exit from Rt. 33 to Belfast Rd.)
The Quarries Trail
National Park Drive parking area (2 miles north of the traffic light in Portland, and 3 miles south of the Delaware Water Gap.) National Park Drive parking area (2 miles north of the traffic light in Portland, and 3 miles south of the Delaware Water Gap.)
The Sullivan Wilderness Trail
Scout building behind the Pocono Township Fire Company, near Rts. 611 and 715. Camp Minsi (appx. 2 miles west of I-380 on Rt. 940)
The Towpath Trail
David Martin's Ferry Historical Marker, Rt. 611 in Easton to Larry Holmes Drive Intersection of Rts. 212 and 611, south of Easton
The Uncas Trail
Moravian Cemetery, West Market St., Bethlehem Rt. 611 south to Delaware Canal Park Lock #24 at confluence of Lehigh and Delaware River.

    "The historic trails program was developed by the Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America, to provide additional outdoor program activities as well as an insight into our American heritage.  Its purpose is to promote citizenship training and physical fitness.  This is accomplished through an exciting hiking program that features recognition for achievement.

    In order that we might understand the story of our trails, we must go back in time and relive the events that shaped our nation over 250 years ago.  Our trail emblem is symbolic of those events in history that played such an important role in our nation's development.

    Upon examining the emblem, we see the profiles of three figures, each symbolic of the people that shaped our land.  The Indian is a symbol of our earliest history.  The Pioneer represents the hardy men who opened up the frontier and the Continental Soldier is a reminder of the sacrifices endured so that we might be free.

    The Liberty Bell was housed in Allentown during the British occupation of Philadelphia and is our National symbol of freedom.  The Moravian belfry is representative of the Moravian influence in this area and is symbolic of our religious heritage.  The Easton flag was the first stars and stripes flag.  It was flown at the reading of the Declaration of Independence in Easton, PA on July 8, 1776.

    The trail segments symbolize the various aspects of our early history.  The tricornered hat is representative of the Colonial period and as such is the symbol of the Colonial Trail.  The canal barge represents the extensive use of the canal system of the early nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  It is a symbol of the Durham Trail.  The Paschal Lamb of the Moravian Trail symbolizes the Moravian influence in our valley.  The Peace Pipe of the Uncas Trail symbolizes our Native American Heritage and the flintlock rifle of the Sullivan Wilderness Trail is symbolic of the early struggles of our country.  The hammer and pick ax symbolize our industrial heritage for the Industrial Heritage Trail.  The Moravian Star is another symbol of our Moravian cultural heritage and represents the Nazareth Trail.  The bull's eye is the symbol of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Co. which owned the Lehigh and Delaware canal and represents the Towpath Trail.  The train carrying ore represents the Quarries Trail.  The mountains and the river represent the Delaware Water Gap, the gateway to the Poconos and is the symbol of the Gateway to the Poconos Trail.

    The trail medal features a bronze medallion suspended from a red, white, and blue ribbon.  The medallion consists of the three figures on the emblem and also a fourth, that of a Moravian woman.  This latter figure is in honor of all the Colonial women and their extensive contributions to our land.

    Thus, the emblem and medal are symbolic of the men and women who settled our Country and guided its destiny.  We are the inheritors of their dream.  As you journey along these trails, may you be inspired with the same love for and devotion to our nation, as were our fore bearers."  --Minsi Trails Heritage Trail Booklet

Last Updated:  09/17/2013

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