Stretching 26 miles from downtown Jim Thorpe to White Haven, Pennsylvania, is an ancient rail bed that affords much opportunity for cyclists of all levels. Consisting of only a small portion of the D&L Trail, the Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail or “The Gorge” as I like to call it is a prime destination and a key element of the Jim Thorpe cycling community.
Being a local to Jim Thorpe and an endurance mountain bike racer, my connection to The Gorge is very spiritual yet undeniably simplistic. The Gorge serves as a critical link to get me from Point A to Point B on an extensive, all day road ride and as the last spin back to town with a quick dip in the river after a 40+ mile trail ride. The Gorge also serves me as a place to recover from a long race, or to pack a picnic basket for a gentle cruise to my favorite swimming hole.
The Gorge has all the essential amenities for a great day on two wheels. With no residential development, The Gorge is a true piece of Pennsylvania wilderness and an amazing place to view wildlife. Plus with the lack of automobile access, the fresh air is unbeatable!
Don’t just take my word for it. Explore The Gorge and unleash its wonder on your next cycling adventure!