Bike Shops and Tour Operators · Trails · Rail Trails · Nearby Parks · Camping/Lodging Facilities
I have spent many weekends in the Jim Thorpe (Poconos), PA area, and I love it! There are a ton of trails open to the public, and plenty of maps available at the local parks, specifically, Mauch Chunk Lake Park. I bought a trail guide, and during my last two trips, I went on more than half of the trails listed in the guide. I can provide nothing but good reviews for all the trails I have been on so far.
Bike Shops and Tour Operators
Mountain Bike TrailsFor more details on these trails, visit Blue Mountain Sports Trails page.
- Switchback Trail (11-18 miles, Beginner to Intermediate)
- The Lehigh Canal (8-13 miles, Beginner)
- Flagstaff Mountain (Energetic Beginner)
- Mount Pisgah (Intermediate)
- Mauch Chunk Ridge (Advanced Singletrack)
- Twin Peaks (Advanced)
- Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail (21-26 miles, Beginner to Advanced)
- The Coal Cracker (Beginner to Intermediate)
- The Uranium Road (Advanced Singletrack)
- The Broad Mountain Loop (Intermediate)
- The Deer Path (Advanced Singletrack)
- Buzzard's Point (Energetic Beginner)
- Weiser State Forest (Intermediate)
- Drake's Creek (Advanced)
Nearby County & State Parks
- Hickory Run State Park - Located in White Haven, this 15,500 acre park has a 17 acre lake with a beach area, swimming pool, playground, snack bar, visitors center, 36 hiking and snowmobile trails, and an historic boulder field. Take exit 273 off I-80, or call (570)443-0400 for more information.
- Mauch Chunk Lake County Park (570)325-4408 - Mauch Chunk park is a great place to spend the night (or weekend). The price is right, and so is the location. You're just moments away from the best trails in the state! The Switchback Railroad Rail-Trail crosses through part of this park.
- Lehigh Gorge State Park Rail-Trail - 25 miles of pure nature, including small waterfalls, and continuous views of the Lehigh River. Make sure to bring your camera, lunch, and plenty of water for this exciting journey.
Endpoints: Jim Thorpe to White Haven Location: Carbon and Luzerne Counties Length: 21 miles (26 miles, if you count the extensions above White Haven and below Glen Onoko) Surface: Crushed stone and original ballast Contact: Lehigh Gorge State Park RR1, Box 81 White Haven, PA 18661 (570)443-0400
Switchback Railroad Rail-Trail - The world's first Gravity Railroad is now an easy mountain bike trail. Approximately 18 miles in length when you combine both the upper and lower tracks. This is a very interesting trail, with a very unique history. There are two trails here; the upper and lower trails. The scenery along this trail is great, also.
Endpoints: Summit Hill to Jim Thorpe Location: Carbon County Length: 18 miles Surface: Original ballast Contact: Carbon County Park and Recreation Department 625 Lentz Trail Road Jim Thorpe, PA. 18229 (570)325-3669
Old Railroad Trail - Located a couple miles east of Jim Thorpe.
Endpoints: Big Pocono State Park to Crescent Lake Location: Monroe County Length: 8.4 miles Surface: Original ballast Contact: Big Pocono State Park c/o Tobyhanna State Park P.O. Box 387 Tobyhanna, PA. 18466-0387 (570)894-8336
Plainfield Township Recreation Trail - Also located a couple miles east of Jim Thorpe, and south of the Old Railroad Trail.
Endpoints: Plainfield Location: Northhampton County Length: 6.7 miles Surface: Crushed stone and gravel Contact: Plainfield Township 6292 Sullivan Trail Nazareth, PA. 18064 (610)759-6944
- Mary's Guesthouse 39 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA (570)325-5354 - Conveniently located downtown and accommodates up to 12.
- Jim Thorpe Camping Resort 129 Lentz Trail, Jim Thorpe, PA (570)325-2644 - KOA, located only a mile away from Mauch Chunk Lake County Park on Lentz Trail.
- Mauch Chunk Lake County Park (570)325-3669 - Mauch Chunk park is a great place to spend the night (or weekend). The price is right, and so is the location. You're just moments away from the best trails in the state! The Switchback Railroad Rail-Trail crosses through part of this park.
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