D & L Trail – Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail Pt. 2


This is a video of a bike ride I took in August of 2013 on the D&L Trail from White Haven, PA to Jim Thorpe, PA. The day was absolutely beautiful and the scenery was amazing. There are 3 video in this series.

Here is some information about this Trail that I took from www.TrailLink.com:

The entire route features river views on one side and about 15 miles’ worth of scattered waterfalls on the steep rock face on the other side. Although there is a slight grade going South, cyclists do have to pedal the entire way. Although there is plenty of wildlife within the park, it isn’t usually evident on the trail because the steep rock face makes the trail difficult to reach from inland. However, herons and beavers are commonly spotted on the river side, and you also might encounter an occasional snake or lizard. This 26-mile trail is certainly the highlight, but Lehigh Gorge State Park also offers opportunities to whitewater raft, fish, hunt and cross-country ski. The first 15 miles of the northern section is open to snowmobiling in winter months. Check the website for seasonal restrictions.

Although there is no obvious grade, cyclists do have to pedal to keep moving. During the last 5 miles of the trip, the trail runs next to an active railroad line that is elevated about 3 feet above the trail by a stone wall. Just 1.5 miles north of Jim Thorpe, the trail comes to a parking lot, then continues on, following the main road out to the recently renovated iron railroad bridge that crosses the Lehigh River. The bridge supports bicycle and pedestrian users, as well as an active railroad. An awesome reminder of the trail’s origins, the bridge was completed in 2009 after years of planning and provides an extra mile of trail leading into downtown Jim Thorpe.

Be sure to check out www.TrailLink.com for the best listing of rail trails on the web.