Hoover Mason Trestle Open To Community
The Hoover Mason Trestle (HMT) was once used as a narrow gauge railroad to carry the coke, limestone and iron ore needed to make the iron from the ore yards to the blast furnaces. Now a public walkway designed to be part museum, part community recreation resource and part attraction, the trestle stands 46 feet tall and 2,000 feet long. Opened on June 25, the Hoover Mason Trestle is located along the blast furnaces with one entrance at the Visitor Center and another at either end of the Gas Blowing Engine House providing access from the Wind Creek parking lot or PBS 39 end of the campus. Visit the Hoover Mason Trestle to get up close and personal with the blast furnaces!
The HMT is a public facility owned by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Bethlehem. For everyone’s safety there are a few rules for guests. Below is everything you need to know about HMT:
Location: SteelStacks, 711 First Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun., Mon., Tues., Wed.)
10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Thurs., Fri., Sat.)
Access: Stairs and elevator located between the Bethlehem Visitor Center and the Levitt Pavilion. Stairs only on the west end of the Gas Engine Blowing House near PBS 39 and on the east end of the Gas Engine Blowing House at the Wind Creek parking lot. With use of the elevator the HMT is handicapped accessible for its full length.
Parking: Visitors can park for free in the lot outside the Bethlehem Visitors Center located at 711 East 1st Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015 or outside Wind Creek Bethlehem located at 77 Wind Creek Boulevard, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Closure: The trestle may be closed for inclement weather or for a special event. The HMT may also close temporarily due to lighting, severe rain, or high winds. For information please call 610-332-1300.
HMT rules prohibit:
- Walking on rail tracks, gravel, or plants
- Picking flowers or plants
- Throwing objects
- Sitting on railings or climbing on any part of the HMT
- Bicycles, skateboards, skates and scooters
- Performances or amplified sound, except as authorized
- Commercial activity, except as authorized
- Glass bottles
- Obstructing entrances or paths
- Drinking alcohol
- Feeding birds or squirrels
Stop in at the Bethlehem Visitor Center, the stone building adjacent to the stairs near the SteelStacks parking lots for information, souvenirs and tours.