At long last, bids have been solicited and opened for the much-anticipated Rails-to-Trails project that will link the Nesquehoning Trestle (near Glen Onoko Park) with the town of Jim Thorpe. Though the trestle was completed about three years ago, other details and obstacles seemed to hold up completion of the project endlessly.
With the purchase of the final parcel of land that would make the bike trail to Jim Thorpe a reality, bids were solicited late last summer for the construction of the trail and a fence to separate it from the Reading Northern railroad tracks that will run along side this segment of the trail. Eleven companies responded with bids, which were opened this week.
More information on this project is in this Times News article.
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National Geographic Adventure Magazine has Jim Thorpe, PA in its list of the top 100 adventure towns in the USA in its upcoming October 2009 issue:
This unassuming outdoors haven in the Pocono Mountains has 20 trailheads smack in the center of town. Cyclists and hikers share the Gorge Trail, which loops 19 miles past waterfalls and steep canyon walls. Seven ski areas are within a two-hour drive. Big-city perks are close at hand, too, with Philadelphia and New York City just an hour or two away, respectively. Or stay in town: The stellar acoustics of Mauch Chunk Opera House amp up live blues and rock.
The part about 20 trailheads in the middle of town isn’t quite correct, though it may seem like there are that many departure points so close by. The main point is that you can easily hike, ride or raft into the countryside without getting back into your car.
On the other hand, the parts about the beauty of the countryside, the convenient proximity to skiing, NYC and Philly, and the acoustics at the Opera House are 100% correct!
See the rest of the article here.
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