Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution

Heritage Trail

Presented by Highmark: 6 links. 80 stops. 3 centuries of incredible history.


Experience Bethlehem like never before: On your own time and at your own pace, while focusing on what you enjoy.

With the use of handheld audio devices, the Heritage TrailTM allows participants to walk, run, or bike through three centuries of Bethlehem history. Stops along the trail include two National Historic Landmarks, the newly designated Historic Moravian Bethlehem National Historic Landmark District, Victorian era homes, and Bethlehem Steel buildings. Read more about each link below.

Pick the link that best fits your interests or do them all! 

Bring along your favorite furry friend! The Heritage Trail is pet friendly!

Link Time Distance Brief description
Moravian Founders 1 hour 20 min 1 mile Focused on the very heart of Historic Bethlehem, and in the newly designated Historic Moravian Bethlehem National Historic Landmark District, this link tells how the city's first settlers built a prosperous economy, filled with crafts and trade.
Monocacy Valley 1 hour 20 min 2.5 miles Wind along the Monocacy Way Trail and follow the creek that brought life to Burnside Plantation, Illick's Mill, and the Colonial Industrial Quarter. A great link for bikers!
Westward Expansion 1 hour 15 min 2 miles Following the construction of the Broad Street Bridge came Bethlehem's first suburbs. This peaceful neighborhood stroll includes a memorial to fallen Revolutionary War soldiers.
Victorian Bethlehem 1 hour 0.75 miles Take in the breathtaking homes that housed Bethlehem's wealthiest industrialists.
Farmland to Industry 2 hours 3 miles As farms became factories and canals became railroads in the mid-1800s, Bethlehem grew to include many churches, social halls, and markets.
SteelStop #80Sponsored By:Just Born 1 hour 1.75 miles The great story of Bethlehem Steel's rise to become the second largest steel producer in the U.S. This link highlights the people who worked at the plant.


Experience the Heritage Trail

Supporting Sponsors

City of Bethlehem morning-call Sands Double Click
Main Street LV Olympus

  Century Fund

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