that's the name
of the game for all of us who like to feel the ground
under our feet. Within a short drive of Mary's Guesthouse
you or your group can find many hikes of varying levels
on varying terrain - for some you can hike right from
the house! Some of the easier trails have the best scenery,
but the challenging ones offer their own rewards. Whether
it's a self-guided hike, with a park ranger or naturalist,
or part of a historical tour, afoot is the best way to
experience everything around us in nature. Have fun, we'll
leave the light on for you
hiking trips for all skill levels, with JTX
A Selection of local Hikes
Lehigh River Gorge Trail, (26 miles, flat rail-trail)
5 minutes away
Any distance you want (out-n-back) or arrange a shuttle for
a longer one-way. Great scenery, especially foliage, plus
the river is right next to you the whole way!
Glen Onoko waterfall Trail, 5 minutes away (steep!)
Worth the effort for skilled hikers, this hike even takes
a bit of rock-scrambling. But what a treat at the top!
Switchback Gravity Railroad, (9 miles +options, scenic
5 minutes away (walk to it!)
A great walk through history, with some nice scenery and a
lake adding to the experience. Lots of options for length
Hickory Run SP (48 miles marked trails, Boulder Field),
25 minutes away
Wonderful network of well-marked and mapped trails that take
you to some great spots. Because it's so nice, this is one
of the destinations for our guided hike series. Waterfalls,
Lehigh River vistas and the famous Boulder Field are highlights.
Check with the park for Ranger and Naturalist programs (570-443-0400).
Appalachian Trail (Maine to Georgia), 25 minutes away
Not too far to one of the most famous trails anywhere. Several
sections can be day-hiked with Mary's as a base, assuming
car shuttles are set up. Mostly rocky and rooty, this trail
is for advanced hikers, since the only access points are drop-off
Lehigh Canal Towpath - Weissport area, (4 miles, mostly
flat) 10 minutes away
Across the river from town and going South, this is a nice
section of canal towpath that features pretty river views,
plus a full canal for quite a stretch, and some nice rock
Pohopoco Recreation Area, 30 minutes away
State lands with mostly ATV trails, but a few for walking.
Not overly amazing, but some nice spots, especially at the
fire-tower, which affords quite a view.
Beltzville SP, (8 miles marked trails, some lakeside),
20 minutes away
Nice lakeside trails and many gentle slopes around a huge
lake. Many naturalist-hike opportunities, as well as fishing,
swimming and more.
State Game Lands 141, (11 miles marked trails, scenic
overlooks) 10 minutes away
Up on the Broad Mountain, this is more well-known for mountain
biking, but is a good hiking trail too. The 'Loop' is 11 miles,
so it's formidable, but the views at the overlooks are just
outstanding and worth the effort for those in good shape.
Otherwise, walk as much of it as you want in an out-n-back.
Other trails are (technically) closed for re-vegetation, and
those will eventually offer a more wild experience.