Lehigh Gorge State Park

Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

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The Lehigh Valley railroad parallels the Lehigh River through the stunning and scenic Lehigh River Gorge. The Lehigh Gorge State Park is a narrow area consisting of 4,548 acres along the Lehigh River. The park is popular among hikers, joggers, cyclists, cross-country skiers, and rafters. The two most popular sports are clearly rafting and cycling. The Lehigh River happens to be one of the most popular whitewater rivers in the country. And the Lehigh River Gorge is equally renown as one of Pennsylvania most popular mountain bike rides. Terrain: Abandoned railroad grade.

Lehigh Gorge State Park Professional Review and Guide

"The Lehigh Valley railroad parallels the Lehigh River through the stunning and scenic Lehigh River Gorge. The Lehigh Gorge State Park is a narrow area consisting of 4,548 acres along the Lehigh River.

The park is popular among hikers, joggers, cyclists, cross-country skiers, and rafters. The two most popular sports are clearly rafting and cycling. The Lehigh River happens to be one of the most popular whitewater rivers in the country. And the Lehigh River Gorge is equally renown as one of Pennsylvania most popular mountain bike rides. Terrain: Abandoned railroad grade."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Jim Thorpe
Distance: 21.3
Elevation Gain: 1,837 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 600 feet
Top Elevation: 1,250 feet
Local Contacts: Lehigh Gorge / Hickory Run State Park, 570-443-0400.
Local Maps: USGS Carbon County, PA; Lehigh Gorge / Hickory Run State Park maps - available from the park office; Pennsylvania State Game Lands No. 141 map - available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission at 570-675-1143 for $1.00.
Driving Directions: Directions to Lehigh Gorge State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

8/14/2008
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4/19/2008
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This was a nice trail along the Lehigh River. The part we went on (Glen Onoco access area almost to Penn Haven Junction) was a dirt path, but it was very even and not too strenuous for riding. We saw lots of families with dogs and a few Boy Scout troups riding the path while we were out. There were also a few picnic tables (not many) along the trail, so that was nice to stop for lunch (no trash cans, so we kept our trash in our bag). All in all a good ride, I bet it is really pretty during the fall with the leaves.


7/24/2006
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Very flat the entire way. The trail itself is well groomed and has some very pretty scenery along the way including a few waterfalls. I did the trail in reverse, starting at white haven and ending in jim thorpe area. This is definitely a worthwhile outing if you are looking to get away for a few hours.


5/14/2006
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My reason for a high rating is that the trail is what you expect.We use the trail for a long not so technically challenging bicycle ride.It is 40 miles or so round trip and in the spring and fall, beautiful.If you like technical mountain biking trails it is not for you.Take a friend and a lunch to enjoy by the Lehigh River or go for pizza and soft ice creme in White Haven. The trail head is easy to find and there is usually adequate parking space.


6/1/2005
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around white haven and when you start out be alert to see the river locks that still stand. however, the river has narrowed in the last 100 or so years, so the locks are inland. really cool. great ride, however, if you take blue mtn sports, you have to ride back to town, with some bad traffic. be careful



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