The Jim Thorpe area has long been known
as a hot-spot for mountain biking, largely because there
is something here for every ability. From the wide, flat
Lehigh Gorge trail with its beautiful scenery to the intermediate-level
Broad Mountain loop which overlooks the Gorge, and including
the expert terrain of Mauch Chunk Ridge and Mt Pisgah,
every rider can have a great time in the woods around
here! While there has been some controversy over riding
certain state lands, there is still PLENTY of riding to
be found within a short distance. Riding right from Mary's
Guesthouse, all levels of riders can find trails within
minutes. We have packages available with local outfitters,
and guided historical rides are available (ask us for
details). Here's a listing of some local riding opportunities:
· Guided mountain bike tours
for all abilities, with JTX
|Lehigh River Gorge
Trail, 5 minutes away (ride
to it!) 26 miles White Haven to Jim Thorpe, beginner:
1% grade WH to JT is 'downhill', riding from here is 'uphill'
but at 1% it is barely a hill. Very scenic riding, great
surface, many stopping areas, photo-ops, etc. We've ridden
rail-trails all across America - this is one of the best
Switchback Trail, 5 minutes away (ride to it!)
4% grade, 9 miles each way with more available,
starting point for rides of all levels - stay on it for
beginner level. Ride the upper ("back") track
for a fun intermediate ride with a great view. Ride the
upper then hit Mt Pisgah for some serious expert terrain.
Be sure to go with someone who knows the trails!
Lehigh Canal Towpath, 10 minutes away
4 miles from Weissport to Jim Thorpe, and 7 miles from
Bowmanstown to Laurys Station, mostly easy riding,
some nice scenery, parts under construction
11 miles mapped trails, plus others unmapped, 10 minutes
away. Some nice intermediate on the 'Loop' with scenic
overlooks as rewards. Expert trails are technically closed
Mt. Pisgah- 12 miles unmapped trails, 10 minutes
away (ride to it!). Start on the Switchback and head up
onto Pisgah, then into the StripMine playground, but be
sure you go with someone who knows the area.
6 miles mapped trails, 10 minutes away (ride to it!).
Start on the Switchback, climb Flagstaff Rd. then hit
the Ridge trail's rocky start and then fun up and down
fire-road riding. Out and back is a real nice workout.
Take Bob's Option for a really technical descent back
Buzzard's Point- 6 miles mapped trails, 15 minutes
Drive your bike up, do this nice out-n-back and have another
perspective of the Lehigh Gorge from the overlooks. Pretty
Summer Mountain- 8 miles mapped trails, 10 minutes
Newer riding spot for this area - a bunch of different terrain
and kinds of trails (single/double/fire) - still exploring
Camelback- 10 miles unmapped trails, 40 minutes away
This is a ski slope, but the trails are mostly in a park that
surrounds it. Even so, being around the slopes, you can guess
that there are a lot of long ups and long downs!
Pohopoco Rec. Area- 14 miles mapped trails
An ATV-style trail system in a state land area. Good for technical
practice - can you say 'rocky?' And some nice spots, especially
up by the fire tower - the highest spot around.
Several mapped loops available, from 20 to 60 miles each,
some major hills!
Mahoning Valley is beautiful, Reservoir Road has great scenery,
climbing the Broad is a local workout regiment - give it a
· Mountain & Comfort bike Rentals available
· Shuttles to Rail-Trails available from town