Access Point Orientation and Description:
River access is on RIVER LEFT at several
points on Sand Island. The best access to the canal is at
the Bike & Boat building. Sand Island is not
really an island, but a long peninsula created by the Lehigh Navigation
canal and the Monocacy Creek, which run parallel to the river
and bound Sand Island on the other (north) side. The riverbank
is steep and wooded. A rough path on the upstream end of
the island and a set of stairs on the downstream end provide the
principal accesses to the river.
Locating the Access Point from the River:
Upstream Access (at the
Bike & Boat building): Just a few yards
BEFORE the railroad trestle, look on RIVER LEFT for a rough path
up towards a large cinderblock building (the Bike & Boat
building). The best access point to the canal is on the
opposite side of this building from the river.
Access (stairway): Pass under the railroad trestle, then
under the arched cement (automobile) bridge (Route 378 / Hill-to-Hill
Bridge), then under the steel span (Fahey Bridge). About
a quarter-mile past the last bridge, and just below the rapids,
land on RIVER LEFT and look for the stairs up the bank.
Locating the Access Point from
The canal access point is underneath the railroad trestle next
to the large cinderblock building (the Bike & Boat
building). The river access point is on the opposite side
of this building from the canal.
Directions to Access Parking/Unloading Area by Land:
22, take Route 378 South and go 2.2 miles to Exit 2 (Eighth Avenue).
At the yield sign, bear right onto Eighth Avenue. Go 0.8
mile on Eighth Avenue to its end at Lehigh Street. Turn
left on Lehigh Street and go 0.6 mile to the stop sign at Main
Street. Turn right onto Main Street and cross the bridge
over the canal to the stop sign. You are now on Sand Island.
take the Hellertown/Bethlehem Exit (#67). At the end of
the exit ramp, turn right and go north on Route 412 toward Bethlehem
for 3.0 miles into Bethlehem to the traffic light at New Street.
Turn right onto New Street and go over the Fahey Bridge (and the
Lehigh River). Turn left at the FIRST traffic light after
crossing the bridge onto Lehigh Street. Go 0.2 mile on
Lehigh Street to Main Street. Turn left onto Main Street
and cross the bridge over the canal to the stop sign. You
are now on Sand Island.
Access Point Location:
Upstream River Access:
After crossing the bridge over the canal, turn RIGHT at the stop
sign and go 0.2 mile under a railroad trestle to the Bike
& Boat building on your right and the river access point
on your left. Look for
a rough, gravel slope down to the river.
Access: The canal access point is on the opposite side
of the cinderblock building (the Bike & Boat building)
from the river access.
River Access: After crossing the bridge over the canal,
turn LEFT and go to the end of the cul-de-sac at the end of the
roadway. The staircase down to the river is a few yards
down the path beyond the cul-de-sac.