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Key Info

S Lehigh Gorge Dr

Price & Hours

Free
Sunset to sunrise daily

Details

Free, Parks and Gardens, Hiking, Recreation Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere
The area that makes up Lehigh Gorge State Park hasn't always been used for conservation and recreation. In fact, it previously hosted expansive mining and logging operations. Consequently, some of the park's most interesting attractions are actually remnants of its industrial past. Defunct dams, locks and canals populate the park, while an easy trail takes travelers to an abandoned train tunnel called the Turn Hole Tunnel. Still, Lehigh Gorge State Park's main appeal comes from its numerous impressive waterfalls. The Glen Onoko Falls Loop showcases the park's most stunning falls, but portions of the trail are closed due to dangerous conditions as of July 2020. Various other trails weave around and under other impressive waterfalls. Summer visitors also take advantage of the park's waterways with whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing trips. During the winter, Lehigh Gorge State Park also allows for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. 

Past travelers warned that the rewarding trails that take you near the Glen Onoko Falls can be extremely difficult. In comparison, other trails in the park are paved and can even be biked, which past travelers said makes them an excellent choice for families. In fact, several past travelers said the park can be a bit boring for walking, and is instead best enjoyed on two wheels. 

Lehigh Gorge State Park sits between White Haven and Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, so it is easy to reach via car from most towns within the Poconos. All areas of the park are open every day of the year from sunrise to sunset. Access to the park is free, and there are no campsites at Lehigh Gorge State Park. Check Lehigh Gorge State Park's website for the most up-to-date information.

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