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Pocono Whitewater handles all the details of this wonderful ride. For more information, visit them at www.PoconoBiking.com!

All aboard the scenic bike train!

Step back in time and enjoy a relaxing train ride up the Lehigh Gorge for 25 miles, then pedal your bike back down to Jim Thorpe at your own pace along the Lehigh Gorge Rail-Trail.

September 20th & 21st – 9am and 12pm

Bike and Train in Jim Thorpe PAYour day begins in Jim Thorpe where you and your bike will board the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway for a one hour ride as the train swings onto the former Lehigh Valley main line and passes Glen Onoko, the southern gateway to the Lehigh Gorge State Park.

While you sit back, relax and take in the outstanding scenery: the train will follow the winding Lehigh River for 25 miles, rounding curve after curve until you reach the village of White Haven. You’ll conveniently disembark at the Lehigh Gorge trailhead and Pocono Whitewater will hand you your bike.

Once at the trailhead, pedal at your own pace down the Lehigh Gorge Rail-Trail for 25 miles back to Jim Thorpe.  Along the way, you’ll pass canal remnants, swim spots, scenic overlooks and railroad trestles. Remember your camera. The many sparkling waterfalls provide great photo opportunities.

If you don’t have a bike or don’t want the hassle of bringing your own, no worries – just rent one of our Trek bicycles.

Rates:

Train Ride/Shuttle with your own bike rates: $21.99 per person

Train Ride/Shuttle with bike rental rates:  $39.99 per person

 

Advance tickets/reservations are required and can be made by calling Pocono Biking at: 570-325-3654

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Pocono Biking is eager to announce a partnership with the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway that will bring a one-of-a-kind Rail-Trail Bike and Train Ride to the historic town of Jim Thorpe.

Bike and Train in Jim Thorpe PAI hope you are as excited as we are about this unique program. We strongly feel this new event will help draw more visitors to area and become an annual affair.

Here are the details:

On June 7th & 8th, it’s all aboard the scenic bike train! Step back in time and enjoy a relaxing train ride up the Lehigh Gorge for 25 miles, then pedal your bike back down to Jim Thorpe at your own pace along the Lehigh Gorge Rail-Trail.

Your day begins in Jim Thorpe where you & your bike will board the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway for a one hour ride as the train swings onto the former Lehigh Valley main line and passes Glen Onoko, the southern gateway to the Lehigh Gorge State Park.

Bike and Train in Jim Thorpe PAWhile you sit back, relax and take in the outstanding scenery, the train will  follow the winding Lehigh River for 25 miles, rounding curve after curve until you reach the village of White Haven. Here you and your bike will be dropped  off at the Lehigh Gorge trailhead.

Once at the trailhead, pedal at your own pace down the Lehigh Gorge Rail-Trail for 25 miles back to Jim Thorpe. Along the way, you’ll pass canal remnants, swim spots, scenic overlooks and railroad trestles. Remember your camera. The many sparkling waterfalls provide great photo opportunities.

There are two convenient arrival times to choose from – 10am and 2pm.  If you don’t have a bike, no worries – you can rent one here in Jim Thorpe.

Train Ride/Shuttle with your own bike rates: $19.99/Adult, $9.99/Child (ages 3 – 12)

Train Ride/Shuttle & Rental Rates:  $39.99/Adult, $34.99/Child (ages 3 – 12)

Advance tickets/reservations are required and  can be made by calling Pocono Biking at: 570-325-3654

Please do not hesitate to call me directly at 570.732.0690 should you have any questions about this event.  We will have promotional materials for this event  shortly and hope you will help us spread the word about the Pocono Bike & Train!

Sincerely,

Nikki Hurley,

Director of Marketing

Pocono Biking

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Jim Thorpe has long been known as a nearby destination for bikers and rafters since the area’s first rafting companies opened up for business in the mid-seventies. Only 2 hours from NYC and 1.25 from Philadelphia, Jim Thorpe’s combination of open space, the Lehigh River, various kinds of terrain and the proximity to town of rafting, biking and hiking adventures are especially appealing to lovers of the outdoors throughout the northeast.

Lehigh River RaftingPlanning your weekend’s activities in Jim Thorpe is easy. The outfitters listed in www.JimThorpe.org will be happy to help put together a weekend that’s right for you. Here are several Jim Thorpe-based companies that provide their own unique approaches to bringing you the definitive outdoor experience.

Since 1976 Pocono Whitewater has offered adventures on the Lehigh River through the Lehigh Gorge State Park to rafters of all experience levels and is nationally recognized as an industry leader in both outdoor recreation and paintball. Their professional guides, trained in all medical, emergency, physical and on-water aspects of rafting, provide the assurance of an exciting, well-run trip. Pocono Whitewater also offers moonlight rafting, rail-trail biking, sunset bike tours, accommodations packages, specialty trips, and Skirmish Paintball. They also operate the Lehigh Gorge Outpost in downtown Jim Thorpe for your biking and equipment needs, and can be reached at 1-800-WHITEWATER or at www. PoconoWhitewater.com.Jim Thorpe River Adventures Kayak School

In addition to providing rafting and bicycle trips, Jim Thorpe River Adventures is known throughout the northeast as one of the region’s premier kayak schools. Their instructors coach and provide you with the skills needed to be an expert kayaker, starting at Mauch Chunk Lake for the basics and then on to the Lehigh River for the fun stuff. However, if you’re looking for something you can enjoy just for the weekend you can try their inflatable kayak trips, in addition to raft and bike trips. Contact them at 800-424-7238 or www.jtraft.com.

Family-owned and operated for over 30 years, Whitewater Rafting Adventures provides river rafting, paintball, and bicycle riding courtesy of their expert staff, for the personal experience you’ll never forget. They will handle the details of planning your Lehigh River adventure, or you can pick from an array of exciting packages. Their slogan is “Fun Just Comes Naturally to Us” and it shows! Contact them at http://www.adventurerafting.com or (800) 876-0285.

Bike Jim Thorpe PABlue Mountain Sports has been a local institution since the early 80’s, offering bicycle trips and equipment for just about every adventure you might undertake out of Jim Thorpe. Their convenient shuttle service will take you to any number of starting areas for beginning your bike or raft trip back to Jim Thorpe. During the winter you can rent ski and snowshoeing equipment. The store, located on the corner of Race Street and Susquehanna (Route 209 from Lehighton) carries everything you need for Jim Thorpe fun and adventure. Contact them at http://www.bikejimthorpe.com or 800-599-4421.

If your interest tends more towards a relaxed tour or perhaps a customized hiking or biking tour, then check with the people at the Jim Thorpe eXperience (JTX). Their guided tour packages include adventure and historic interpretation, and let you hike, bike, snowshoe or kayak with local guides who relate the area’s unique history and cultural stories. It’s a great way to spend the day, see beautiful landscape, and learn about the history all in a low-key way. More information can be found at www.thejtx.com or by calling (484) 225-1209.

Bicycling in Jim Thorpe PAIf you just want to ride in the mountains, here’s a taste.

There is something here for everyone, no matter your level of outdoor enthusiasm. When you’re done with your day’s activities, relax in one of our restaurants, take in a show at the downtown Opera House or nearby at Penn’s Peak.

For a complete list of outdoor outfitters, things to do, and places to stay visit www.JimThorpe.org.

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