Jim Thorpe - Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail

Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

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The Lehigh Gorge is steep and access is difficult. No roads cross the river for 19 miles. Building the railroad was a difficult engineering feat, and you'll see evidence of the blasting that was necessary. The best part of the trail is the opportunity that it offers to ride with no interference from cars. It's actually 19.6 miles to the only road crossing along the entire route, but traffic of a different kind is still present. The trail is popular with hikers and bikers, and most of them move rather slowly. Waterfalls are the scenic delights along the route. The walls of the gorge rise very steeply, and some waterfalls are almost direct verticals. Birds, squirrels, and deer are plentiful, and some trail users have seen bears. The most scenic time to do this ride is early October, when the leaves are at their most brilliant. They turn spectacular shades of red and gold during the first two weeks of the month. Jim Thorpe has become an artsy little tourist town. Galleries and antique shops line the streets, and the tourist center in the railroad station has all the information you may need, including information on the trail. Jim Thorpe draws big crowds when the weather is good, and parking downtown can be tough, so if you don't mind a few more miles and a few hills, it's a good idea to leave the car at the trail and ride to downtown. The road surface is good, with some rough spots.

Jim Thorpe - Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Lehigh Gorge is steep and access is difficult. No roads cross the river for 19 miles. Building the railroad was a difficult engineering feat, and you'll see evidence of the blasting that was necessary. The best part of the trail is the opportunity that it offers to ride with no interference from cars. It's actually 19.6 miles to the only road crossing along the entire route, but traffic of a different kind is still present. The trail is popular with hikers and bikers, and most of them move rather slowly. Waterfalls are the scenic delights along the route. The walls of the gorge rise very steeply, and some waterfalls are almost direct verticals. Birds, squirrels, and deer are plentiful, and some trail users have seen bears.

The most scenic time to do this ride is early October, when the leaves are at their most brilliant. They turn spectacular shades of red and gold during the first two weeks of the month. Jim Thorpe has become an artsy little tourist town. Galleries and antique shops line the streets, and the tourist center in the railroad station has all the information you may need, including information on the trail. Jim Thorpe draws big crowds when the weather is good, and parking downtown can be tough, so if you don't mind a few more miles and a few hills, it's a good idea to leave the car at the trail and ride to downtown. The road surface is good, with some rough spots."

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Jim Thorpe
Distance: 44
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Riding Time: 4 hours
Season: Best March to November
Driving Directions: Directions to Jim Thorpe - Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/25/2009
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We road this out & back from the Onoko trail-head starting just north of Jim Thorpe. The trail is great for a long hard paced (flat) ride or for taking the family on a trail that everyone can handle. Crowded on the weekend near the trail-head but the numbers dissipated quickly after a few miles. Scenery was as good as VT and WV. Reco wide tires or MTB's as the path's surface varies and is generally not great for narrow road tires. Note: Sunset occurs early & fast down in the gorge along the river where the trail is located. Allow adequate time or bring lights if you start in the afternoon. Only Negative: The bathrooms at the trail-head have NO running water, so bring something for hand-washing, etc


9/26/2009
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We Started at the trail head. This is not very far from Jim Thorpe and saves the price of a shuttle. We have our own bikes. Mountain bikes and hybrids are recomended. Gravel is a bit big for road bikes. The scenery was spectacular the path is well maintained. Did not make it all the way to White haven this time ran out of time but will go all the way next time. The river lining the trail (all the way) gives many oppurtunities to stop and just take in the beauty of this area. Fall colors were coming in i am sure during the peak that it is just awsome. This path is a relatively easy ride could be done by just about anybody.This is a must ride


9/19/2009
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We caught the shuttle to the top at White Haven and rode back down to the Jim Thorpe Trail is in very good condition. Trail follows the river and scenery is great (except for that one rattlesnake!). 2% grade requires constant pedaling but no real hard work. Nice and shady when we went. Trail back to Jim Thorpe had one killer hill; and the roadway doesn't have much shoulder. On the plus side, there wasn't much traffic; and what traffic there was seemed accustomed to bikes and gave us plenty of room. enjoyable, non strenuous ride.


7/17/2004
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