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Osprey House Office Directions


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From Slatington:

Travel north on Rt. 873 (from traffic light at Sunoco Mini Mart) 1.5 miles and bear right (45 degree angle) onto Paint Mill Road.  Proceed on Paint Mill under Rt. 873 bridge, then continue straight as the road passes between the Osprey House on the left and the Lehigh River on the right.  The road winds around and continues to the parking area adjacent to the Osprey House.   Park there and walk to main house – the office entrance is from porch on the side of the house facing away from the river.

From Lehighton or Route 248 East:

Turn right on Rt. 873 at Lehigh Gap and cross the bridge. Continue .25 miles south on 873 after crossing the bridge and make a hard left turn onto Paint Mill Road. Proceed on Paint Mill under 873 bridge, then continue straight as the road passes between the Osprey House on the left and the Lehigh River on the right.  The road winds around and continues to the parking area adjacent to the Osprey House.   Park there and walk to main house – the office entrance is from porch on the side of the house facing away from the river.

From Route 248 East:

Travel to Lehigh Gap on 248. At junction with 145 there will be a traffic light. Get in left lane after passing light.  Turn left at traffic light and cross the bridge on Route 873. Continue .25 miles south on 873 after crossing the bridge and make a hard left turn onto Paint Mill Road. Proceed on Paint Mill under 873 bridge, then continue straight as the road passes between the Osprey House on the left and the Lehigh River on the right.  The road winds around and continues to the parking area adjacent to the Osprey House.   Park there and walk to main house – the office entrance is from porch on the side of the house facing away from the river.

From Route 145 North:

Proceed to end of 145 and turn left onto 248 West. Get in left lane.  Turn left at traffic light and cross the bridge on Route 873. Continue .25 miles south on 873 after crossing the bridge and make a hard left turn onto Paint Mill Road. Proceed on Paint Mill under 873 bridge, then continue straight as the road passes between the Osprey House on the left and the Lehigh River on the right.  The road winds around and continues to the parking area adjacent to the Osprey House.  Park there and walk to main house – the office entrance is from porch on the side of the house facing away from the river.

From I 78 East and Route 22:

From I 78 take Route 22 exit and proceed through Allentown area. Take MacArthur Road (Route 145 North) exit from Route 22.  Proceed north about 15 miles to end of 145 and turn left onto 248 West.  Get into the left lane.  Turn left at traffic light and cross the bridge on Route 873.  Continue .25 miles south on 873 after crossing the bridge and make a hard left turn onto Paint Mill Road.  Proceed on Paint Mill under 873 bridge, then continue straight as the road passes between the Osprey House on the left and the Lehigh River on the right.  The road winds around and continues to the parking area adjacent to the Osprey House.   Park there and walk to main house – the office entrance is from porch on the side of the house facing away from the river.

From Northeast Extension of PA Turnpike (I-476):

Take Mahoning Valley Exit (#74) and travel South on Route 209 toward Lehighton.  Turn left on Route 248 East. Travel about 7 miles to the junction with Route 873 in Lehigh Gap. Turn right on Rt. 873 at Lehigh Gap and cross the bridge. Continue .25 miles south on 873 after crossing the bridge and make a hard left turn onto Paint Mill Road. Proceed on Paint Mill under 873 bridge, then continue straight as the road passes between the Osprey House on the left and the Lehigh River on the right.  The road winds around and continues to the parking area adjacent to the Osprey House.   Park there and walk to main house – the office entrance is from porch on the side of the house facing away from the river.

Directions to Arboretum/Trailhead Parking Area

Leave the Nature Center via Paint Mill Road to PA 873 and turn sharp right. Cross the Lehigh River bridge and turn left on PA 248. Travel to 2nd exit (Bowmanstown) – about 4.5 miles, and exit from PA 248. Turn left at the top of the exit ramp. Proceed to stop sign at junction with PA 895. Turn left on PA 895. Cross the Lehigh River. Just across the bridge (only 200 yards from where you just turned), turn left on Riverview Road. Travel along Riverview Road for about 1 mile and Riverview will curve around a bend and come to a stop sign. Turn left at the stop sign, then immediately right, then the first left. You will see the LGNC sign as soon as you turn the final time. The address is 226 VanMan Lane, Lehighton.

Driving Directions to Kittatinny Ponds (3 Ponds area)

Leave the Nature Center via Paint Mill Road. Turn sharp right at the Y shaped intersection onto PA 873 Cross the bridge and turn left on PA 248. Proceed about 4 miles to second exit (Bowmanstown) At the top of the exit ramp (stop sign), turn left. At the next stop sign, turn left again onto PA 895. Cross the bridge (about 200 yards) and turn left on Riverview Road. Drive about 1.5 miles to the point where Riverview curves sharply to the right – don’t follow the curve, go straight into the parking area. Walk 400 yards southeast on the D&L Trail to the 3-­‐Ponds Trail sign.

Directions to Bake Oven Knob

Access to the Bake Oven Knob lookouts is generally by car to the parking lot along Bake Oven Road, at the crest of the Kittatinny Ridge, or Blue Mountain, then by foot via a short section of the Appalachian Trail (AT).  The site is on the border between northern Lehigh County and southern Carbon County.  It is about 20 miles northwest of Allentown.

Directions to Parking Lot


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From the intersection of Rts. 22 and 309 in Allentown:

Take 309 north and travel 14.5 miles to Mountain Rd. (After passing through Schnecksville, be sure to take the left fork at the Y, staying on 309.) Turn right on Mountain Rd. (SR4024) for just over 2 miles, then turn left on Ulrich Rd. (T808).  Continue straight on Ulrich as it turns to a gravel road, then merges with Bake Oven Road as it ascends the Kittatinny Ridge.  At the crest of the ridge turn into the parking lot on the right.

From north of the Kittatinny Ridge on Route 309

Travel south over the ridge, and make the first left at the base of the mountain on Mountain Raod (SR4024) and proceed as above.

From the intersection of Rts. 22 and 145 (MacArthur Rd.)

Follow 145 north for 14.5 miles to its junction with Rt. 248. Turn left onto 248 and stay in the left lane.  Turn left at the first traffic light and cross the bridge over the Lehigh River. Bear right at the west end of the bridge up the steep hill which is Mountain Rd. (SR4024). Travel west on Mountain Rd. for 6.2 miles and turn right on Church Rd. (SR4014).  At 0.2 miles, Church Road bears hard to the left with a farm road continuing straight ahead — bear left on Church. After 0.2 more miles, turn right on the gravel road and ascend the mountain. Park in the parking lot on the right upon reaching the crest of the ridge.

From U.S. 209 and Rt. 248 intersection near Lehighton

Travel south on Rt. 248 to Bowmanstown and turn west on Rt. 895.  Travel 4.5 miles to Germans Road and turn left. Follow Germans road 1.1 mile and turn left again on Bake Oven Road.  Follow Bake Oven Road to the crest of the mountain and park on the parking lot on your left (east side of road).

Trail to the Bake Oven Knob Lookouts

South Lookout

From the parking lot, find the trail as it enters the forest at the southeast corner of the parking lot.  Walk along the Appalachian Trail  (marked with white blazes, or paint marks, on the trees) for 0.4 miles to reach the first of the lookouts.  This very rocky trail climbs steadily as it follows the ridge top through an oak dominated mixed hardwood forest.  When the trail suddenly becomes steeper next to a rock slide, then levels off at what is obviously the highest point on the ridge, you will see an old concrete foundation of an abandoned airplane beacon tower.  To your left is the North Lookout, a jumble of boulders with a rather restricted view of the ridge and valley province to the north.  To your right, about 25 yards away, is the dramatic South Lookout.

North Lookout

To reach the North Lookout, continue straight past the weather station foundation another 0.1 mile of very rocky trail going gradually down hill. At about 0.1 miles, the trail drops over several very large boulders to a flat, grassy spot.  The North Lookout is the pile of boulders just East through the trees. Scramble over the top of the boulders to the front of the lookout, or skirt the lookout to the north following the Appalachian Trail blazes on the rocks for about 50 feet, then climb up the side of the North Lookout.  From here, you will be able to see both sides of the ridge, but cannot look directly down on the forest canopy below as at the South Lookout.


Telephone: (610) 760-8889 | Mailing address: Lehigh Gap Nature Center, P.O. Box 198, Slatington, PA 18080-0198 | Contact Us | Entries (RSS)

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