Visit Lehigh Gap Nature Center


Hike, Tour, Bike, or Paddle


Lehigh Gap Nature Center consists of a 750+ acre wildlife refuge with an eco-friendly hybrid farm house/event facility called the Osprey House at one end (near Slatington, PA) and an arboretum and network of ponds at the other (near Bowmanstown, PA).

Hours of Opperation

LGNC's property (the refuge) is open from dawn til dusk, 365 days a year. The Osprey House is staffed by volunteers and as such, has limited hours. We strive to have someone at the front desk 7 days a week from 9am-4pm. Please call ahead to confirm availability if your visit depends upon the Osprey House being open.


Hiking is encouraged from dawn till dusk on designated trails within the refuge (Trail Maps and Guides). The refuge includes 13 miles of marked trails requiring varying levels of physical effort. We have easy, level trails as well as rocky, steep trails. Trails are marked, but a map is recommended. Please come prepared!

Dogs on leashes are welcome.

For Appalachian Trail section hikers who wish to leave a vehicle on our property overnight, you must contact us in advance for permission.

Activities NOT allowed at LGNC

Activities that are not permitted at LGNC include:

  • Hunting
  • Off road use of motorized vehicles
  • Camping
  • Access during non-daylight hours
  • Disturbing or removing plants or animals from the refuge

Biking Info

Our property is located next to the Delaware and Lehigh Trail (D&L), part of a National Historic Corridor that runs from Wilkes Barre to Philadelphia. Access to the trail is available directly behind the Osprey House. The D&L runs between our property and the Lehigh River for approximately 2.5 miles north to Bowmanstown.

Lehigh River Access Info

“River Access for canoes, kayaks, small boats is available. See Trail Maps and Guides for locations.
Fishing in the Lehigh River – Licensed anglers frequently access the Lehigh River from the refuge.