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."