Itinerary for a Daytrip to Plainsfield Township Trail a Part of the Pennsylvania Rail Trail System
Updated: Sep 19, 2022
Not too far in the Pennsylvania border from New Jersey is the Plainsfield Township Trail. This is a Pennsylvania Rail Trail purchased from Conrail in 1987 to create a walking/biking trail. The trail is mostly paved other than the upper portion and is 6.7 miles in length. It is a very scenic trail that takes in the Pennsylvania countryside and follows the water, crossing over the Little Bushkill Creek several times. With majority being paved it is great for hiking, biking, and even strollers. If you are interested in exploring the Plainsfield Township Trail here is a day itinerary for your travel plans.
A good starting spot is Naz O Nut restaurant at 64 E. Lawn Rd. Nazareth, pa. On weekends they open at 7:30am and offer a huge and unique selection of freshly made donuts. They have everything from the traditional glazed to specialty donuts such as the maple bacon which is a maple glazed donut with bacon sprinkles. There is also a great selection of coffees from cappuccinos to espresso.
The Stockerton end of the Plainsfield Township Trail head is about an 8 minute drive from Naz O Nut located at coordinates 40.765870, -75.271560. This is a beautiful Rail Trail and one of our families’ favorites. The trail is mostly paved and not heavily trafficked. It goes through the countryside passing many farms, fields and wooden bridges crossing over the Little Bushkill Creek. At the right time of year, the canopy of lush green trees is an amazing site. The trail is 6.7 miles one direction. It is clearly marked and there is a port-o-potty at the trailhead for those who may need.
If it is a Saturday in season head downtown to Center Square for the Nazareth Farmers Market. The market is seasonal and open from 9am to 1pm. It may not be as large as neighboring cities, but there is a great selection of produce, meats, eggs, hand made soaps and other vendors.
Celebrate the accomplishments of the day with a meal and beer at Birthright Brewing on 57 S. Main St Nazareth. Depending on the weather, sit outside or watch a game on the multiple tv’s inside. They even have a few videogames and pinball machines to enjoy. There is food on the menu for everyone ranging from salads, to pizzas to full course dinners. The beer selection a a great craft mix from stouts to seasonal IPA’s. Not sure which one to pick, try a few four ounce options for variety.
If you still need some adventure, there are a few different museums to visit in the Nazareth area. The Martin Guitar Factory is great for musicians and offers tours of the factory dating back to its origin in 1833. If you are a history buff, try the Moravian Historical Society to learn about the rich culture of the Moravians and their contribution to society. Or if you are gun enthusiast there is the Pennsylvania Longrifle Museum. Depending on your interests some education from a museum can top off any good daytrip.
Nicole Sennett - Daytrip Expert