Outdoor Activities in Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe is not just an insanely beautiful town with rolling mountains or colorful landscapes but also a treasure trove for those who love outdoor adventures. In this blog, we provide you with some of the best outdoor adventures that will fill your life with thrills.  Read on to know some of the best outdoor activities waiting for you in Jim Thorpe. River adventure: If you are scared of water then this is the answer to your worries. Jim Thorpe is home to a myriad of rivers and lakes, thus providing a great opportunity for water adventures, such as kayaking and rafting. It offers 3 different types of rafting trips suitable for rookies to extreme challenge lovers. Be it spending some calm quality time with family on water or feeling pumping adrenaline in your veins, you got all in Jim Thorpe. If you love being alone with nature then kayaking is a perfect activity you must try, so paddle and go with the flow. There are several good places wherein you can experience great water adventure in Jim Thorpe, however, our best picks are:

Whitewater Rafting Adventures:

Rafting:

WhiteWater:

  • Pricing: $71.95 (per person)
  • $65.95 (Adult Group 12+)
  • $59.95 (Youth Group 12+)
  • (Gears cost extra)
  • Difficulties: Class 2 &3
  • Duration: 4 to 6 hours
  • Distance: 11 to 13 miles
  • Min. Age: 8 years old

EZ Whitewater:

  • Pricing: $62.95 Adult
  • $52.95 (Child)
  • $59.95 (Adult Group 12+)
  • $49.95 (Youth Group 12+)
  • Difficulties: Class 1&2
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Distance: 11 miles
  • Minimum Age: 6 years old

SUMMER RAFTING:

  • Price: $49.95 (Adult)
  • $39.95 (Child ages 4 – 14)
  • $45.95 (Adult Groups 12+) 
  • $36.95 (Youth Groups 12+)
Weekends/ Holidays
  • $58.95 (Adult)
  • $48.95 (Child ages 4 – 14)
  • $53.95 (Adult Groups 12+)
  • $44.95 (youth Groups 12+)
  • Difficulties: 1 & Mild 2
  • Duration: 3-4 Hrs
  • Distance: 5-8 miles
  • Minimum Age: 4 years old

Kayaking:

 IK Trips:

 Price:     Weekdays $59.95 (Summer rafting section) 69.95 (EZ whitewater section) Weekends $66.95 (Summer rafting section)  $71.95 (EZ whitewater section)
  • Difficulties:   No experience required
  • Duration: 3 -4 ½ hrs   
  • Distance:     8-11 miles
  • Minimum Age: 12 years old
  • Max Weight: 275 lbs

Private IK Trip

  • Price:           $89.95 (Summer rafting section)    
  • Minimum Age: 8-12 years old
  •  Timing:        9 AM – 5 PM (Open all day)
  • Address:      101 Adventure Trail, Nesquehoning, PA 18240, United States

Jim Thorpe River Adventure

EasyWater Rafting:

Price: Weekdays
  • $51.95 (adult)
  • $44.95 (Kids 4-16)
  • Group (15*)
  • $42.95
Weekends
  • $61.95 (Adult & Youth)
  • $57.95 (Group 15* Adult & Youth)
  • Difficulties: Easy
  • Duration: 3-4 Hrs
  • Distance: 8 miles
  • Min. Age: 4 years old

Intro to Whitwater:

  • Price: $64.95 (Adult 17+)
  • $62.95 (kids 6-16)
  • $60.95 (Group 15* Adult & Youth)
  • Difficulties: Moderate
  • Duration: 4-6 Hrs
  • Distance: 10 miles
  • Min. Age: 6 years old

Bigtime Water Rafting:

  • Price: $68.95
  • $64.95 ( (Group 15*)
  • $62.95 (Group 15+*)
  • Difficulties: Hard
  • Duration: 5 Hrs
  • Distance: 12.8 miles
  • Min. Age: 8 years old

Kayaking:

IK Cool Option 1:

  • Price: EasyWater Weekdays/ Weekends
  • $71.95/ $81.95
Intro to Whitewater WD/ WE
  • $84.95
  • Duration: 3-4 Hrs
  • Distance: 8-10 miles
  • Min. Age: 10 years old

IK Cool Option 2:

  • Price: EasyWater & Intro to Whitewater
  • $109.00
  • Duration: 3-4 Hrs
  • Distance: 8-10 miles
  • Min. Age: 10 years old
So, get ready for some heart-pumping and wild screaming water adventures.

Hiking: 

It is time to break the shackles of indoor wires and feel nature. Jim Thorpe is blessed with wonders of nature, so step out into the environment and recharge your mind & soul. The best way to do that is to put on your hiking shoes and wander into the woods of this great place. Jim Thorpe offers numerous trails which you along with family and friends can greatly enjoy. Here are a few trails you can try during your stay in Jim Thorpe.

D&L Trail: 

This trail runs for more than 141 miles through part of Philadelphia to the mountain top of the Appalachians and follows Delaware and Lehigh Rivers which pass through several counties. Within this mighty trail, there are numerous smaller trails that will be suitable for your little hike adventures.

Lehighton to Slantington: 

This is an out-and-back trail, generally considered to be moderately challenging, with great scenic accompanying you throughout the trail and elevations are barely noticeable. You will definitely enjoy the time spent under the shades and can also bring your four-legged friend and explore a little.
  • Distance: 34 km
  • Type: Out-and-back
  • Elevation: 81 mts
  • Pets: Dogs are  allowed on a leash
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Parking: Available

Lehigh Gorge Trail: 

Lehigh Gorge Trail is a perfect destination to escape the scorching heat and relaxing way to experience the pleasing sound of Lehigh River water. The trail offers the opportunity to witness the colorful autumn landscape, wildlife, mesmerizing waterfall, and historical ruins of Lehigh Canal. The trail is generally considered easy to complete.
  • Distance: 26 miles
  • Type: Point-to-point
  • Elevation: 100 mts
  • Pets: Allowed on a leash
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Parking: Available

Switchback Railroad Trail:

 The Trail links Jim Thorpe and Summit Hill and is made of crushed stones making it perfect for hiking. It offers a stunning overlook of Mount Pisgah and halfway down the trail is Mauch Chunk lake. The trail is well marked and offers enjoyable outings for hikers.
  • Distance: 18 miles
  • Type: Out-and-back
  • Elevation: 86 mts
  • Pets: Allowed on a leash
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Parking: Yes

Biking: 

Biking is one of the best ways to enhance your fitness level and at the same time, you can enjoy the gentle touch of winds on your face and love the fresh air filling down your lungs that refreshes your mind. Jim Thorpe offers an abundance of trails that gives an unmatched biking experience. We have selected a few of the trails for you to explore and reduce your carbon footprint.

Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail:

  • Distance: 26 miles
  • Time: 8 AM- 8 PM
  • Address: S Lehigh Gorge Dr, Weatherly, PA 18255, United States
  • Amenities: Bicycle rentals and Shuttle services, restrooms, parking

Switchback RailRoad Trail:

  • Distance: 18 miles
  • Time: 7 AM- 8 PM
  • Address: Switchback Railroad Trail, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229, United States
  • Amenities: Bicycle rentals and Shuttle services, restrooms, parking

Lehigh Gorge State Park, Jim Thorpe Entrance:

  • Distance: 25 miles
  • Times: 8 AM- 8 PM
  • Address: 301-319 Main St, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229, United States
  • Amenities: Bicycle rentals and Shuttle services, restrooms, parking
  • Note: Charges may apply at the entrance. 
For a smooth ride, wide tires are recommended Must need Items: Water bottles, energy snacks, maps, safety gears

Disc Golf:

 Disc Golf is one of the best outdoor sports you can play during your stay in Jim Thorpe. This inexpensive sport is a good way to relax and give a bit of exercise to your body. The game may sound easy but the story does not end there. It is full of guaranteed fun but demands great hand-eye coordination and requires a bit of practice before you start throwing the disc hundreds of feet away. The best thing about playing Disc golf is it’s an incredibly social sport, so you play with family or friends and if you are a lone wolf then there’s nothing better than a round of disc golf! Some of the best places to experience this great sport are as listed.

Sellers Disc Golf Course:

  • Course Type: Permanent
  • Course Length: 4830 ft -5765 ft
  • Holes: 18
  • Target Type: DISCatcher
  • Tee Type: Rubber Mat
  • Address: 124 E Walnut St, Sellersville, PA 18960, United States
  • Time: 24 hours Open

Hickory Run DGC

  • Course Type: Permanent
  • Course Length: 5210 ft -5430 ft.
  • Holes: 19
  • Target Type: Mach New ii
  • Tee Type: Gravel
  • Address: Unnamed Rd,, Albrightsville, PA 18210, United States
  • Time: 8 AM- 6 PM (Monday to Sunday)

American Legion DGC:

  • Course Type: Permanent
  • Course Length: N/A
  • Holes: 18
  • Target Type: DISCatcher
  • Tee Type: Crushed Stone
  • Address: 1550 Henry Dr, Mountain Top, PA 18707, United States
  • Time: 7 AM- 7PM (Monday to Sunday)
  • Course Type: Permanent
  • Course Length: 4106 ft.
  • Holes: 18
  • Target Type: DISCatcher
  • Tee Type: Concrete
  • Address: 4000-4170 River Rd, Allentown, PA 18104, United States
  • Time: 7AM- 9PM (Monday to Sunday)
Note: Avg. Cost may range from $13- $15 and the disc costs from $8- $20 depending on the quality of the disc.

Sidecar Tour: 

Hop on to the vintage sidecars and experience the most unique and unusual way of sightseeing the historical and beautiful landscape of Jim Thorpe with a guided navigator. The sidecar accommodates one person and a navigator. Put on your helmet and eyewear and whisk through the majestic lanes of Jim Thorpe. Jim Thorpe sidecar Tourz is one such organisation that provides exhilarating and memorable sidecar tours that will surely make your vacation an unforgettable adventure.

Tours on offer:

Countryside scenic Tour:

  • Duration:          1.5 hrs
  • Distance:          100 miles view
  • Price:                $150/ sidecar
  •                            $200/sidecar (additional 30 minutes tour)

Mountainside Scenic Tour:

  • Duration:          2 hrs
  • Distance:          100 miles view
  • Price:                $200/sidecar

Wine Tasting Tour:

  • Duration:          2 hrs
  • Distance:          100 miles view
  • Price:                $200/ sidecar
  • Min. Age:          10
  • Address:  16 W Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229, United States
Note: Helmets with eye protections are provided with every package

Advisory:

Wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. One of the most satisfying feelings is to give your body a much-needed rest and face plant to a cozy bed after a super-duper adventure trip, so check in at HolidayKeepers where we offer you the best luxury rental cabin, cottages, villas, mansions, and Lakefront homes with exclusive amenities that will make your vacation in Jim Thorpe unique and memorable.

FAQ

Jim Thorpe is home to a myriad of rivers and lakes, thus provides a great opportunity for water adventures, such as kayaking and rafting, Biking, Disc golf.

It starts with a minimum price of $50 for adults, the cost for water rafting may vary on weekdays and weekends.

It is located 301-319 Main St, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229, United States.

The D & L trail runs for more than 141 miles through part of Philadelphia to the mountain top of the Appalachians and follows Delaware and Lehigh Rivers which pass through several counties.

Yes, Switchback Railroad Trail is pet-friendly. And the trail is well marked and offers enjoyable outings for hiking enthusiasts. 

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