The 26-mile Lehigh Gorge Rail-Trail is a popular rail trail that winds along the Lehigh River between White Haven and Jim Thorpe, PA. A good portion of the trail brings you through the Lehigh Gorge State Park and is notable for its gorgeous mountain and river scenery as well as the numerous tumbling waterfalls. The trail is covered with a fine crushed gravel, making for easy riding.
Originally developed as a railroad corridor after an extension of the Lehigh Canal was first built under the great push of Main Line of Public Works to connect the Delaware Valley to Pittsburgh.
We spent about three hours on a 15-mile downhill biking daytrip, thanks to a shuttle by Pocono Biking to Rockport. We rode along the slight downhill grade of an abandoned railroad bed and followed the river.
As we pedaled by, we passed by some ruined locks of the former Lehigh Canal.
Getting there: Pocono Biking offers bike rentals and a shuttle, so you can pedal down hill and not back up (which is about my speed, to be honest…). They offer 15-mile and 25-mile shuttles. Pocono Biking is located at 7 Hazard Sq.Jim Thorpe, PA 18229.
White Haven: 201 Main St, White Haven, PA 18661
Glen Onoko: Follow US 209 south to Jim Thorpe, then take PA 903 north across the river. At the stop sign, continue straight-leaving PA 903 which bears to the right. Turn left at the entrance to the park
Hours: For shuttle times, please check out Pocono Biking’s website. The trail is otherwise open during daylight hours.
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