Jim Thorpe Travel Guide

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Jim Thorpe Things to Do

  • C.C.E.E.C. Wildlife Rehab Residence

    This is part of the Carbon County Environmental Education Center. There are three enclosures along a boardwalk. The first enclosure housed several types of Hawks, Owls and a Raven. The second set of enclosures housed more Owls and the last only had two pens. One housed an American Bald Eagle and the next had a Golden Eagle. These last two are very...

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  • Carbon County Environmental Education...

    The CCEEC is dedicated to educating the public about human impact on the environment. They also provide a number of environmental services like wildlife emergencies, wildlife rehabilitation and residence for non-releasable animals, especially birds of prey.Inside the main building are a number of stuffed animals that are local to the area. They...

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  • Big Creek Winery

    This is a little shop for a winery that is located about 18 miles outside of Jim Thorpe. For the wine tasting you can to try 4 wines free. Their dry wines, both white and red were very good but I am partial to dry.My favorite was the 2012 Frontenac. Very similar to a Shiraz. I purchased a bottle, only $16 usd. It was good as is but should age...

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  • Harry Packer Mansion

    The mansion was built in 1874 as a wedding gift for Harry Packer from his father, Asa. The Asa Packer Mansion is directly next door and now serves as a museum. The home is beautiful! It fell into disrepair and in 1983 was bought and restored.The mansion is now a Bed and Breakfast and specializes in Murder Mystery weekends.Definitely worth the short...

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  • St. Marks Episcopal Church

    I was not able to go inside but the architecture of the church is beautiful. The architect was Richard Upjohn Sr. and designed in 1867. The current building was completed in 1869. Definitely worth checking out if you stroll down Race St.

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  • Train ride

    The activity that my brother in law raved about to us before coming was the train trip so we made sure that we had tickets to go on this. After we were done, he said that the route was not the normal route and that he had been disappointed, apparently this was a shorter route for the Fall Foliage Festival due to the number of people who show up.We...

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  • Carbon County Civil War Memorial

    There were many soilders from Carbon County that served during the Civil War. In the center of Jim Thorpe, there is a statue honoring the victims from Carbon County. It is a very impressive memorial. Much larger than most areas.

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  • Flagstaff Mountain

    This is the place to go to get a great panaramic view of Jim Thrope and the surround narrow Lehigh Valley. The best view is at the former nightclub/restaurant on Flagstaff Mountain. The area unfortunately is kind of run down. But the view is great.

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  • Hiking the Lehigh Gorge

    The second best way to see the Lehigh River Gorge is to walk along the old railroad bed. You can access the old railroad bed in White Haven, Rockport, and Jim Thorpe. There are many little waterfalls that come off the mountains to the river, which are spectacular.

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Jim Thorpe Restaurants

  • Try the French Toast!

    A very basic shop. Decor leans toward a bear motif with different figures around the place. The waitress, Barb, was very helpful with the menu and with local things to do. We ordered just some scrabbled eggs and hash brown potatoes that were very good and a bowl of oatmeal. We had a side of French Toast that was the best part of the breakfast....

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  • Great food!

    Moya was wonderful dining experience. Beautifully decorated, the walls are lined with interesting paintings, all done by the owners wife. The painting are for sale but I did not inquire how much. Hip instrumental music plays in the background. They have a nice wine list and is reasonably priced as are the meals. The wait staff was very good at...

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  • Great lunch option

    This restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch. A little outside of the main area of Jim Thorpe, it was worth the drive. It happened to be on the way to some hiking for the day and it was the perfect place to pick up a sandwich to go for the day. I had the chicken and roasted pepper panini. It was delicious!

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  • A different way to serve an Omelet

    The restaurant is connected to the Inn at Jim Thorpe and since we were staying at the Inn it was very convenient. They have a large seating area and also have a bar in another room. There is also a gas fire place. The wait staff were very attentive and food came out very fast. On the menu was an open face Mediterranean omelet which has feta...

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  • Unique experience

    This is a wonderful eclectic little restaurant. Strange decor adds to the ambiance. There is only 10 tables in the restaurant. The ones along each wall have a blue light emanating from under each table. The restaurant is very dark. The wait staff was very helpful as they have more specials than they have entrees' on the menu. Before your food comes...

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  • Don't go on festival weekend

    I guess it's to be expected that if you try any restaurant on a busier than normal day that the experience will be less than stellar and that was the case here. My in laws take everyone to this restaurant when they visit Jim Thorpe so I'm sure it's fine on normal weekends but we were there on the Fall Foliage Festival weekend. Although we got a...

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Jim Thorpe Nightlife

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    by danmcf Written Jun 6, 2003

    Just went to see the band '38 Special' at Penn's Peak and was thoroughly impressed! A beautiful facility with multiple decks, a restaurant, and spectacular views!
    I only wish I had brought a camera.

    Dress Code: Concert attire - I guess it would depend on the particular type of concert.

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Jim Thorpe Transportation

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    by danmcf Written Oct 4, 2002

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    There are some tour buses that take tourists on daytrips to Jim Thorpe. And if you're rafting down the Lehigh from White Haven, then your raft will get you to Jim Thorpe also!

    If you're not coming into town one of those 2 ways, you'll have to drive.
    This steam locomotive use to have short trips up the tracks a few miles (and then it would go in reverse back to Jim Thorpe). I think they use diesel locomotive's now. They have special trips during the fall foliage season also.
    Jim Thorpe is a small place, just hoof it the exercise will do you good.

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Jim Thorpe Shopping

  • Very helpful owner

    Geared totally to outdoor sports, Blue Mountain has a small variety of retail items. Good if you forget something. But where they excel is in the rental programs for bikes and shuttle services for kayakers. While not the season, I spoke to Tom, the owner. Shuttles for the Lehigh River are $20. Not bad considering the Lehigh is a great river for...

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  • Small with not much to offer

    A very small shop with country type gifts and decor items for sale. They also sell candles and soap but the selection is very small. A little more expensive than average, geared toward the tourist.

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  • Unique items and wide variety

    This shop has a wide variety of items. When you first enter, there are a number of fairy type figurines and to the left side seems to be a darker items. In the center you will see a sign directing you to the back of the store if you do not like what you see. It is not a mystical type store. In the back there is a good variety of stained glass lamps...

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Jim Thorpe Local Customs

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    by Dabs Written Nov 1, 2005

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    It seems logical that for a town to bear Jim Thorpe's name that he would show up somewhere in the history of the town-was he was born there, grew up there, died there, slept there, rode through on a train? The answer is none of the above, Jim Thorpe didn't even pass through the town while he was alive.

    So how did the town of Mauch Chunk come to be renamed Jim Thorpe? Turns out there was a positive economic benefit for both the town and his widow, she got a memorial to her husband, denied in his native Oklahoma, and the town got an economic boost from having the remains of the former Olympic and professional athlete buried there.

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Jim Thorpe Tourist Traps

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    Fall Foliage

    by Dabs Written Nov 18, 2005

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    All in all I was disappointed that our visit happened to coincide with the Fall Foliage Festival. The restaurant we ate at was not as good as usual, the train ride not as long as normal, there was a long line of traffic to get into Jim Thorpe and parking was scarce.

    There was a small area by the train station where local folks were selling baked goods and crafts but it wasn't enough to be something that should draw you here on that weekend.

    And to add insult to injury, the foliage hadn't started turning yet so even that was a little disappointing.

    Unique Suggestions: I could understand why my brother in law enjoys this town so much, it's historic and quaint with a lovely setting in the Lehigh Valley. I'd just skip the Fall Foliage Festival.

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Jim Thorpe Off The Beaten Path

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    by blueskyjohn Written Jan 20, 2014

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    Hamburg Reservoir is located about 45 minutes south of Jim Thorpe. The area gives access to some really nice hikes which include "The Pulpit", "Pinnacle" and the Appalachian Trail. The Pulpit and Pinnacle can be done as a loop hike which is what I did.

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Jim Thorpe Sports & Outdoors

  • The Pulpit and Pinnacle

    The Pulpit and Pinnacle can be done as a loop hike which is what I did and what I recommend. This was an excellent hike to do in winter. But this can be relative depending on the amount of snow. I was fortunate that there was about 3-4 inches and the trail was packed down by previous hikers. This was perfect because the trail is extremely rocky and...

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  • Rafting, kayaking and more

    We didn't have an opportunity to try any of the outdoor activities in Jim Thorpe but it seemed like there was a lot to do. We saw rafters and kayakers on the Lehigh River and saw lots of people biking and hiking along the riverside trail. From the attached website it looks like rafting season is from mid-March to October with the best rapids (class...

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  • Hiking up the Glen Onoko trail

    Just across the river from the historic center of Jim Thorpe is the Glen Onoko access point to the Lehigh Gorge State Park.There's a trail that follows the Glen Onoko waterfall all the way up the mountainside.In places the trail is well marked, but as you approach the top it gets a bit rough - be prepared. Good hiking boots would be helpful.

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