Homestead Trail Blue Blazed

Northampton County, Pennsylvania

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Homestead Trail (Blue Blazed) is a hiking trail in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 451 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 428 feet. The Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center parking is near the trailhead.
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Homestead Trail (Blue Blazed) is a hiking trail in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 451 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 428 feet. The Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center parking is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Blue Blazed and Unmarked Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Northampton County
Distance: 2.4
Elevation Gain: 428 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 451 feet
Top Elevation: 613 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Homestead Trail (Blue Blazed)
Elevation Min/Max: 451/613 ft
Elevation Start/End: 451/451 ft

Homestead Trail (Blue Blazed) Professional Review and Guide

"The park’s rich history dates back to the settlement of Jacobsburg in 1740. The preserved structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The significance of the park’s history dates back to the gun-making endeavors of William Henry. A gun factory and iron forge were built here and run by the Henrys. The factory produced firearms for all of our nation’s early major conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War. Firearms were also crafted and sold to John Jacob Astor’s American Fur Company (one of the biggest business enterprises of the nineteenth century) and pioneers of the western frontier. The guns were known for their durability, accuracy, and low cost. The Jacobsburg Historical Society offers unique programs throughout the year, including classes in gunmaking and blacksmithing.

The Homestead Trail is an easy ride in the southeast section of the park. The route crisscrosses and doubles back over itself, so certain trails will seem familiar. Highlights include: historic site of Jacobsburg, established 1740; historic buildings; Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center; fishing; creek crossings. Tread: a mix of cinder-coated singletrack, open grassy roads, woodland singletrack, paved and gravel roads."

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