Biking Along the Lehigh River – Jim Thorpe PA

Photos by Esha Samajpati © All rights reserved

Jim Thorpe in Pennsylvania’s Carbon County is named after a legendary athlete who had never set foot in it. Nowadays it is a place that attracts bikers, hikers, rafters, rail buffs, and architecture enthusiasts. We were there to test the whole new world of biking-with-toddler-in-tow. We rented what seemed like the safest option for our 2 year old. It was a bike with a yellow trailer/caboose, as you can see in the picture above. Knowing that he may not be up for the bouncy ride, we opted for a scenic chunk of the whole trail, not the entire route.

The parking for bikers and the Jim Thorpe trail head is right behind this railway-station-turned-visitors-bureau. Photo by Esha Samajpati © All rights reserved

Parking our car near the Jim Thorpe trail head, we got fitted for our bikes at Pocono Biking, and right after we took their shuttle to Rockport. From their, we had a leisurely bike ride back to the rental shop. The ride was all of 15 miles.

Lehigh Gorge Biking Trail. Photo by Esha Samajpati © All rights reserved

We were told that as long as we kept the gushing Lehigh River to our left, we were good. We passed abandoned buildings and railway tracks, crossed trestle bridges, waterfalls big and small, and we looked at signs which passingly mentioned the area as one where black bears roam.

Our major stop came near the Glen Onoko Falls Hiking Trails, at the southern end of Lehigh Gorge State Park. and unlike the rest of the trail, this place was crowded. But on the other hand, it had restrooms and a place to launch boats.

The trail was one of the best I have been on. The weather, not so much. It rained hard most of the time. Our son, while protected from the occasional flying gravel and the elements, was not very happy with his mode of transport. That being said, we are yet to find a better way to bike with him.

It was a pretty good trip, one which helped dust off the cobwebs of a long and unyielding winter.