Switchback Gravity Railroad Professional Review and Guide
"This outstanding, classic ride covers a huge section of the historic Switchback Gravity Railroad. Built in the early 1800s, this monumental system of gently sloping pathways was designed to haul coal from the massive anthracite mine on Summit Hill down to the Lehigh Canal. As the coal mine became depleted, the railroad saw little use and in 1872 it was converted to a popular tourist attraction (second only to Niagara Falls!)—a sight-seeing natural roller-coaster. After 60 years of service the attraction was sold for scrap, and all that remained was the coal-cinder pathway.
Many years later it is a fine recreation trail, linking Jim Thorpe and Summit Hill to the overlook on Mount Pisgah. Highlights: a ride along the historic Switchback Gravity Railroad, old open mine shaft, incredible views of the Lehigh Gorge and Jim Thorpe; Mauch Chunk County Park amenities include camping, fishing, swimming, boating, food and boat concessions. Tread: cinder rail-trail with a few sections of scattered rocks and a short section of old woods road."