Glendon Dam, or Dam 8, is known as the “Chain Dam” because originally a chain operated ferry was used to transport canal boats between the north and south banks of the river. Later, a mule bridge and causeway replaced this system. The original stone and wood crib dam was washed away and was replaced by the concrete dam that exists today. The dam height is 16 feet.
Due to the many requests for a kayak rental option, we are pleased to introduce the Glendon Dam Run, a Kayak and Bike Rental. The Lehigh River is calm and easy in this 2 mile section from Nagy's Landing to the Rt. 33 Sportsman's access. If your looking to rent kayaks and see the river on your own, this is the right activity for you.
After your kayak paddle to the Rt. 33 Sportsmans's access, hit the D&L Trail on a mountain bike and check out the Glendon Dam, a great photo spot. Then ride back to Nagy's Landing to complete your kayak and bike adventure. This is an eay 1hr. bike ride on one of the most senic parts of the D&L Trail. A courtesey shuttle is available for anyone who does not want to ride a bike.)
See Hotel Bethlehem, voted three years running the best historical hotel in the USA. Don't miss The Moravian Quarter, on the short list to become a World Heritage Site, and be sure to visit Downtown Bethlehem, a top 10 downtown.
A favorite stop is the Hotel B Ice Cream Parlor, Moravian Bookshop (the oldest in the United States)and the Moravian Church.
Take in a free concert at the Levitt Pavilion, walk along the Hoover Mason Trestle and peer down into the Blast Furnaces, then wander around the Artsquest Campus that holds events like Musikfest and Christkindlemart.
The D&L Trail connects Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton. Visitors gush over the scenic river views d the quiet countryside saying there is no better riding all over the country than in the Lehigh Valley. Trips on the canal towpath are tranquil with the Lehigh Canal on one side and the Lehigh River on the other.
A little over a mile separates two great universities. Moravian University, Founded in 1792 is the 6th oldest in America.
Lehigh University was founded in 1865 by Asa Packer.
According to The Princeton Review, Lehigh offers a “friendly community-oriented atmosphere on a hilly campus that is beyond beautiful.”
Founded in 1745, the Moravian Book Shop is the oldest bookstore in America, the oldest continuously operating bookstore in the world
Hotel Bethlehem, Voted Best Historical Hotel 2001,2002.
Downtown Bethlehem, a top 10 Downtown
Moravian University, Founded 1742, the 6th oldest school in America
Lehigh University - Recognized among the nation's premier research universities, Lehigh offers a rigorous academic community for over 7,000 students.
Hoover Mason Testle- Inspired by the highline in New York City. Vistors can look into the inner workings of the Blast Furnaces of Bethlehem Steel on the elevated walkway. The Hoover Mason Trestle (HMT) was once used as a narrow gauge railroad to carry the coke, limestone and iron ore needed to make the iron from the ore yards to the blast furnaces. Now a public walkway designed to be part museum,