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Outdoor escape inside the Lehigh Gorge


Enjoy scenic vistas and waterside views as you bike the Lehigh Gorge between Jim Thorpe and Hickory Run State Park.

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The Lehigh Gorge has views for miles. | Courtesy of Discover Lehigh Valley

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More than 20 curated points of interest to explore

Beautiful route

Ride on the D&L Trail, a celebrated canal path in Pennsylvania

Attainable mileage

Choose your mileage as you build your trip

Easy navigation

Turn-by-turn directions with printable cue sheet

Trip flexibility

Camp, stay in local lodging, or turn this adventure into a day trip

Stories and tips

Exclusive content to support your journey


  • Unparalleled perspective

    Carved by the running water of the Lehigh River over thousands of years, the Lehigh Gorge is a sight of striking beauty. Once a railroad bed in the 1800's, the D&L Trail is now a peaceful path winding through Lehigh Gorge State Park overlooking the rushing river below. Voted one of the "50 Best Rides in the Country" by Outside Magazine, you'll understand why as you bike past waterfalls, over towering bridges and through this area's bounty of natural wonders. This route is ideal for a day trip on your bike or an exciting overnight journey.

    A charming adventure hub

    Home to one of America's first railroads, the quaint town of Jim Thorpe is now a hub of history, entertainment, and outdoor adventure. Nestled close to two state parks, many use this town as a launch point for rafting, kayaking, hiking, and other outdoor escapes. For those seeking to break up their jaunts in nature, there are unique museums, tasty food, local libations, eclectic shopping, and more. However you choose to explore, this travel destination won't be one you soon forget!

A self guided-adventure

With turn-by-turn navigation, an extensive list of sights and attractions, a sample itinerary for inspiration and much more, this guide makes it easy for you to plan your own bike adventure on this section of the D&L Trail. Whether you take a two-day bike camping trip with friends, or an independent day trip, you have flexibility to choose your own path.

Positive local impact

This Guide was created in partnership with the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, the organization responsible for preserving and protecting this historic area. Our points of interest include local organizations and small businesses that benefit from your patronage.

This is a digital trip guide for someone interested in exploring a curated Bikeout experience as a self-guided trip on their own. Our Guide provides you with a map of points of interest, turn-by-turn directions, accommodation recommendations, a sample itinerary, exclusive partner discounts and other resources so that you'll spend less time planning and more time focusing on having a great time on your bike!




This route begins at the Jim Thorpe Municipal Parking Lot where you can arrive by car, private bus or by traveling north on your bike along the D&L Trail. Most of this route is a predominantly flat pathway of tightly packed gravel and stone on the protected D&L Trail. The first leg is about 24 miles through Lehigh Gorge State Park before arriving in White Haven, PA. If you choose to camp there will be anywhere from 3-7 miles of road riding on roadways with live traffic. Before embarking, riders should feel comfortable on their bikes for 1-3 hours at a time. We recommend checking out our training tips and always consulting a doctor to make sure you are in good health before starting any new training regimen.

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Use this Guide as a day trip or stay overnight
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Map with 20+ points of interest and experiences
Camping and lodging recommendations
Sample itinerary
Packing list recommendations
Training and preparation tips
Public transit and vehicle access recommendations
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Outdoor escape inside the Lehigh Gorge