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Any time of year is an excellent time to come to town to enjoy the newly completed rail trail. Here’s a quick video.

Rails Trails Jim Thorpe

Pick up the trail behind the train station at the public lot

Stretching from Jim Thorpe to White Haven and then beyond, the trail provides access to all kinds of riding for any kind of rider. But most of us are probably interested in getting some exercise and getting outdoors. The trail makes it easy.

Any one of various local outfitters can help you plan your ride and rent bikes and other equipment. It’s a busy time of year so be sure to call ahead to reserve if you’re renting.

With the section finally completed at the Nesquehoning Trestle, the trail was finished this in June 2010. Since then, it’s been a huge hit and Jim Thorpe is fortunate to have it.

Rail to Trails Jim Thorpe PA

Bring your friends – make a day of it!

One of the great things about it is that now you can avoid some of the tricky public roads you used to have to traverse in order to get to the Lehigh Gorge Trail. Just pick the trail up on the left end of the municipal lot (as you face the river) behind the downtown train station.

The trail crosses the Lehigh River at the Nesquehoning Trestle about 3 miles from town and takes you into Lehigh Gorge State Park. From there it continues on another 25 miles to White Haven.

Plans are underway to complete it by adding a bridge to connect with the section to Weissport, and then on to Slatington.

When you’re done with your ride, relax in town and reflect on a nice day in our restaurants or entertainment venues.

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From time to time, we’ll post some bike routes to this blog as suggestions for some nice bike rides. The posts will involve both road and mountain bike rides at all levels of talent. So here’s the first one: Biking around Jim Thorpe, PA

No Brainer

Distance: Approx 27 miles round trip

Comments: This is a great warm up ride for your next day’s hilly adventure. It’s quiet, some terrain and good exercise, but nothing mind-bending. No turns…no maps…no worries.

The route: Start on Broadway from the Inn at Jim Thorpe. You’ll proceed west along a gradual uphill grade. After a couple of miles, the road name changes to Lentz Trail. You’ll continue past Mauch Chunk Lake on your left for a couple more miles to a stop sign. Go straight across this intersection – this is Owl Creek Road.  The road  ends at Route 309.

Turn around here and head back to Jim Thorpe.

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