There are several ways to experience a great vacation. Still, the most inexpensive way to experience all the elements of a great vacation is through a visit to a state park. It offers a great escape from the bustling cities, an opportunity to re-discover,and an excellent way to learn about nature, conservation, science, and history. Today, in this blog we will take you to the 4 of the best state parks in and around Jim Thorpe.
1. Lehigh Gorge State Park:
Lehigh Gorge State Park showcases stunning mountains, beautiful parks, towering waterfalls, and mesmerizing rivers. Some of the most interesting attractions here are the remnants of the industrial past, an abandoned trail tunnel called “Turn Hole Tunnel”, and Glen Onoko waterfalls (partially closed due to threatening conditions). If you have never been here, then this is a must-visit place, so write it down on your bucket list and definitely visit.
Open: 8 AM to 8 PM (every day)
Length: 6107 acres
What to expect : Wildlife, waterfalls, historical ruins, scenic views
Activities: Hiking, Biking, Whitewater rafting, Kayaking, Fishing, Photography, Environmental education, and recreation Programs
Address: Jim Thorpe, PA 18229, United States
2. Beltzville State Park:
Beltzville state park is located in the southern foothills of the Poconos and it is a perfect landscape to spend a day far away from city buzz with family and friends or even for little me time. The most magnificent feature on this state park is the Beltzville Lake which offers a great destination for anglers, and boaters and also an excellent spot for viewing migrating waterfowl. Lying on the beach or fishing in this water is something you can’t beat.
Open: 8 AM to 8PM (everyday)
Length: 3002 acres
What to expect: Sand Beach, wildlife, fish, crannies and streams, picturesque lake, and Migratory Birds.
Activities: Hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, boating, picnicking, wildlife watching, cross-country skiing, and hunting (during established seasons)
Address: 2950 Pohopoco Dr, Lehighton, PA 18235, United States
3. Mauch Chunk Lake Park:
A quaint scenic place with a pristine beach that offers everything for everyone. Come here alone or with family there are plenty of activities to engage with nature and refresh your mind. Plan your next trip to Mauch Chunk Lake Park, light a campfire and cherish the little moments.
Open: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (every day)
Length: 345 acres
Fee: $3 (Adult) County
$10 (Adult) Non-County
$2 (Children) County
$7 (Children) Non-County
Free: Children under 3, those with disabilities, Sr. citizen (65 or+)
What to expect: Sand Beach, wildlife, fish, streams, greenery, and Environmental education center
Activities: Hiking, Biking, Picnic, Fishing, Campfire, kayaking, lessons on the environment, and boating
Address: 625 Lentz Trail, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229, United States
4. Hickory Run State Park:
Hickory Run State Park is a beautiful park with 40 miles of gorgeous trails that feature several mind-boggling wonders, like the rocky landscape of boulder fields that remain unchanged for over 20,000 years, stunning waterfalls over the Stametz Dam, and the 25-foot enthralling Hawk falls. An ideal place for family time with epic nature and great camping opportunities along with popular boat rides.
Timing: 8 AM to 8 PM (every day)
Length: 15,990 acres
What to expect: Boulders, Wildlife, Forest, Waterfalls, and Dam
Activities: Hiking, Biking, Disc Golf, Campfire, Kayaking, Fishing, Rental Boating, Wildlife watching, picnicking, swimming (only at the designated swimming area), and Hunting (only during established seasons).
Address: 3613 PA-534, White Haven, PA 18661, United States
These are our picks for you to make your travel rich with experience, euphoria, and adventure.
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There are four main Parks in Jim Thorpe, i.e., Lehigh Gorge State Park
- Beltzville State Park
- Mauch Chunk Lake Park
- Hickory Run State Park.
Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, Fishing, Boating, and some other activities we can do.
NO, everyone can visit the State Parks, and it is Free. But check before the visit.