The Setting

The Late Bronze Root sculpture of tree roots and the iconic red arch sculpture created by Karl Stirner appear on the Karl Stirner Arts Trail in Easton, Pennsylvania.Located in Easton, Pennsylvania, the 1.75-mile Karl Stirner Arts Trail winds along Bushkill Creek, connecting the old Simon Silk Mill on 13th Street to Third Street at the base of the stone stairs linking Lafayette College’s arts and main campuses.

The KSAT is part of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, which spans 165 miles in five Pennsylvania counties. The KSAT also is part of the Two Rivers Trailway, a 30-mile network of trails that connects five municipalities in Northampton County. Learn more about Lehigh Valley trails.

Bushkill Creek is a 13-mile-long limestone stream and a tributary of the Delaware River. The state of Pennsylvania stocks the stream with brook and brown trout in its upper reaches that run through Jacobsburg State Park. The state requires all anglers 16 and older to have a standard fishing license and a special permit for trout fishing. Visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission website to learn about fishing regulations. Information about fishing in the Bushkill is available on DIY Fly Fishing.

The Bushkill Creek watershed encompasses 80 square miles of Northampton County, stretching from Blue Mountain to the Delaware River in Easton. Learn more about Bushkill Creek.

The Dick McAteer Memorial Bridge connects both sides of the arts trail split by Bushkill Creek. Located near the iconic red arch sculpture created by trail namesake Karl Stirner, the bridge honors “Mac,” the Easton community advocate and leader credited with the idea of including art when the recreational trail was being planned. Learn more about “Mac” and the bridge.

Other points of interest on or near the trail include: