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premium content D&L Trail boosters seek to lure businesses catering to outdoor enthusiasts

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MAIN: The D&L Trail near the Lehigh Gap Nature Center in Slatington, on the border of northern Lehigh and Carbon counties. Outdoor recreation is a multibillion-dollar industry in Pennsylvania, and officials with the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor are looking to capitalize on that by attracting new businesses along the 165-mile trail.  PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER HOLLAND
MAIN: The D&L Trail near the Lehigh Gap Nature Center in Slatington, on the border of northern Lehigh and Carbon counties. Outdoor recreation is a multibillion-dollar industry in Pennsylvania, and officials with the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor are looking to capitalize on that by attracting new businesses along the 165-mile trail. PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER HOLLAND

Once a bustling hub of the Pennsylvania coal industry, northern Lehigh and Carbon counties have had struggling economies for decades.

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