COVID-19 Mitigation UPDATE 1/19/2021: Effective Sunday December 6, 2020
All in-person programs are canceled until at least March 31st.
This cancelation includes all State Park and Forestry hosted events and festivals.
Virtual and self-guided programs will be offered. Check the calendar of events https://events.dcnr.pa.gov/ for scheduled programs.
Effective 12:01 AM Friday November 20, 2020, by order of the Governor and to help decrease the spread of COVID-19, the following changes are in effect until at least March 31, 2021:
Overnight Stays and Out-of-State Visitors
The PA Department of Health aligned its quarantine guidance for people exposed to COVID-19 with the new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This guidance provides an option for a 10-day quarantine without testing or a seven-day quarantine with a negative test on or after day-five of quarantine.
If someone cannot get a test or chooses not to, they must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvanians visiting other states are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to their return to the commonwealth or to quarantine for 10 days upon return to Pennsylvania.
The incubation period for COVID-19 remains at 14 days and it is still most protective to quarantine for the full two weeks. However, the CDC has affirmed that quarantine can end after 10 days if the person doesn’t develop symptoms, or after seven days if the person tests negative and has no symptoms.
This does not change the need for Pennsylvanians to continue to wear masks, wash hands, avoid gatherings with people outside of your household, and social distance. These efforts must continue to stop the spread of COVID-19. If you have questions, please call the park office before your visit.
We require guests to cancel if they are unable to honor the order. The order is enforceable as a disease control measure under the Disease Prevention and Control Law. The commonwealth continues to encourage compliance, and expects that, since all people are affected by this virus, everyone will do their utmost to comply.
If you have questions, please call the park office before your visit.
Caution: Please be advised that hunting season is open and permitted in designated areas within state parks. For your protection, all visitors should take proper precautions such as wearing a fluorescent orange vest and hat while recreating in areas of the park that are open to hunting during your visit. If you have questions please contact the park office.
Warning: The spotted lanternfly has invaded our area. This invasive insect could cause serious harm to Pennsylvania’s resources, businesses, and economy. LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAVE! Help us stop the spread of these unwelcome hitchhikers. Inspect your vehicle, camper, tent, gear, etc. before you leave the park and destroy any lanternflies you find. For more information, visit the Penn State Extension’s Spotted Lanternfly website.
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 the D&L Trail, the foundation of the 165-mile Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.
The abandoned railroad grade along the river provides 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.
Hickory Run State Park office for facility seasons and hours.
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 is the central access area
From the south:
Follow 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
From the north:
Take 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
0.1 mi. At end of bridge, make first left onto Main Street
0.3 mi. Turn left at entrance to Lehigh Gorge State Park
1.6 mi. Enter parking area for Glen Onoko Access
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 sign, turn right onto PA 903 S
0.1 mi. At stop sign, 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 toward 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
Top 10 Activities at Lehigh Gorge
Take a group of friends for a bicycle ride (or a hike) along the river on the Lehigh Gorge Trail.
Challenge yourself with a whitewater rafting trip.
Experience the wonder of the Upper Grand Section of the Lehigh Canal by standing inside Lock 22 at Mud Run.
Enjoy the view from the top of the Inclined Planes at Penn Haven.
Snowmobile the 15-mile trail from Penn Haven to White Haven.
Eat a picnic lunch to the beautiful sounds and sights of Buttermilk Falls.
Explore the Audubon’s Lehigh Autotour.
Photograph beautiful rhododendron along the Lehigh Gorge Trail in July.
Find your own secret fishing hole in the nearly 30 miles of river or its numerous tributaries.
The river flows out of glacial bogs near Gouldsboro (2,100 above sea level) and journeys 103 miles through seven counties to the confluence with the Delaware in Easton.
The Lehigh River (PDF) collects water from 1,227 miles of tributaries and 256 lakes in its watershed. It takes 24 hours for a drop of Lehigh River water to travel its 103-mile length.
Four tributaries (Sandy Run, Indian Run, Black Creek, and Nesquehoning Creek) in an 18-mile section of river are impacted by abandoned mine drainage.
The Lehigh was designated a PA Scenic River April 5, 1982. The 32-mile portion of the Lehigh River, including 13 tributary streams and related adjacent land areas, from the Francis E. Walter Dam in Luzerne County to Jim Thorpe in Carbon County is designated as a component of the Pennsylvania Scenic Rivers System under the Pennsylvania Scenic Rivers Act.
Beautiful woodland waterfalls can be seen at several locations along the Lehigh Gorge:
- Cascade -- 0.25 mile South of Tannery
- Buttermilk Falls -- 0.25 mile north of Rockport Access
- Luke’s Falls -- 0.25 mile south of Rockport Access
Learn, Experience, Connect
A wide variety of environmental education and recreation 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.
Contact Hickory Run State Park to inquire about school field learning experiences at 272-808-6192.
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.
White Haven and Rockport
Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton
700 East Broad Street
Hazleton, PA 18201
Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital
211 North 12th Street
Lehighton, PA 18235