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Lehigh Gorge State Park

A deep, steep-walled gorge carved by a river, thick vegetation, rock outcroppings, and waterfalls characterize Lehigh Gorge State Park.

In Luzerne and Carbon counties in eastern Pennsylvania, the park follows the Lehigh River from the outlet of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Francis E. Walter Dam at the northern end, to the town of Jim Thorpe at the southern end of the park.

Whitewater boating and biking are popular activities.

The 6,107 acres of park land follow the Lehigh River from Francis E. Walter Dam in the north to Jim Thorpe in the south.

The Lehigh Gorge Trail follows more than 20 miles of abandoned railroad grade along the river, providing opportunities for hiking, bicycling, sightseeing, and photography. The trail is closed to motor vehicles.

Parking areas are provided in White Haven, Rockport, and Glen Onoko. Very limited parking is available at Lehigh Tannery but boat launching is prohibited.

Seasons and Hours

The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk.

Contact the Hickory Run State Park office for facility seasons and hours.

 

Directions

 

White Haven

White Haven is the northern access area and can be reached off Exit 273 of I-80.

  • Follow PA 940 east, being sure to take a right turn at the stop sign in White Haven.
  • Just after crossing the railroad tracks turn right on Main Street and after a sharp, descending left curve bear right to the state park access area.

White Haven GPS DD: Lat. 41.05365  Long. -75.7716

Lehigh Gorge State Park White Haven Area Map (PDF)

Rockport

Rockport is the central access area and can be reached from the south by following US 209 south from Jim Thorpe to PA 93 north.

  • After six miles, turn right onto Brenckman Drive to the town of Weatherly.
  • Continue through Weatherly then turn right onto Lehigh Gorge Drive.
  • Turn right onto Rockport Road.
  • Rockport is accessible from the north from Exit 273 off I-80.
  • Follow PA 940 west for one mile then turn left onto Lehigh Gorge Drive.
  • At the village of Rockport, turn left onto Rockport Road.

Rockport GPS DD: Lat. 40.9667  Long. -75.7551

Lehigh Gorge State Park Rockport Area Map (PDF)

Driving Directions from Rockport to Glen Onoko

  • Leave access area on Rockport Road
  • 0.8 mi. At stop sign, turn left onto Lehigh Gorge Drive
  • 3.6 mi. In Weatherly, cross open grate bridge, then turn left at T-intersection
  • 2.5 mi. At stop sign, turn left onto PA 93 S
  • 5.9 mi. At stop sign, turn left onto US 209 N
  • 3.0 mi. At stop light, turn left onto PA 903 N
  • 0.4 mi. At stop sign, go straight (leaving PA 903 which bears to the right)
  • 0.3 mi. Turn left at entrance to Lehigh Gorge State Park
  • 1.6 mi. Enter parking area for Glen Onoko Access

Glen Onoko

Glen Onoko is the southern access area and may be reached by taking Exit 74 of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

  • Follow US 209 south to Jim Thorpe.
  • Then take PA 903 north across the river.
  • At the stop sign, continue straight-leaving PA 903 which bears to the right.
  • Turn left at the entrance to the park.

Glen Onoko GPS DD: Lat. 40.8835  Long. -75.75914

Lehigh Gorge State Park Glen Onoko Area Map (PDF)

Driving Directions from Glen Onoko to Rockport

  • Leave Glen Onoko Access
  • 1.6 mi. Turn right at stop sign
  • 0.4 mi. At stop light, turn right onto US 209 S
  • 2.9 mi. Turn right onto PA 93 N
  • 6 mi. In Hudsondale, turn right onto Brenckman Drive heading towards Weatherly
  • 2.4 mi. At stop sign, turn right, cross bridge
  • 0.1 mi. After crossing railroad tracks, turn right
  • 0.1 mi. At stop sign, go straight
  • 0.3 mi. At T-intersection, turn left, then turn right at stop sign
  • 3.2 mi. Turn right onto Rockport Road
  • 0.8 mi. Follow Rockport Road to parking area

Driving Directions: The Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window.

Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.

Top 10 Things to do at Lehigh Gorge

  1. Take a group of friends for a bicycle ride (or a hike) along the river on the Lehigh Gorge Trail.
  2. Challenge yourself with a whitewater rafting trip.
  3. Experience the wonder of the Upper Grand Section of the Lehigh Canal by standing inside Lock 22 at Mud Run.
  4. Enjoy the view from the top of the Penn Haven Inclined Planes at Penn Haven Junction.
  5. Snowmobile the 15-mile trail from Penn Haven to White Haven.
  6. Eat a picnic lunch to the beautiful sounds and sights of Buttermilk Falls.
  7. Explore the Audubon’s Lehigh Autotour.
  8. Experience a dogsled ride with a licensed outfitter.
  9. Find your own secret fishing hole in the nearly 30 miles of river or its numerous tributaries.
  10. Visit a neighbor – Hickory Run State Park!

Environmental Education and Interpretation

A wide variety of environmental education and interpretive programs are offered year round. Through hands-on activities and guided walks, participants gain appreciation, understanding, and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources.

Access for People with Disabilities

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.

In an Emergency

Call 911 and contact a park employee.

Directions to the nearest hospital are posted on bulletin boards.

Nearest Hospitals

White Haven and Rockport

Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton
700 East Broad Street
Hazleton, PA 18201
570-501-4000

Glen Onoko

Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital
211 North 12th Street
Lehighton, PA 18235
610-377-1300

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