Explore the most popular hiking trails near Jim Thorpe with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is a difficult hike up the falls, especially if it has rained the day before. Absolutely gorgeous falls as it has been a rainy summer. Plenty of places to get in trouble but well worth it. Go to the left trail loop to start as it is the most difficult. Enjoy!

mountain biking
1 day ago

Excellent trail. Take the bus from Jim Thorpe to White Haven or make reservations on the scenic bike train to get to White Haven. Pack a lunch and plenty of water and enjoy your bike ride back to Jim Thorpe. It is a great 25 mile ride through scenic views and many mini waterfalls. My husband and I do this trip 1-3 times per year. It is well worth our 90 minute drive to Jim Thorpe from NJ.

Hiked this trail on 10/13. Made a right upon entering the loop and we reached an impassable point when we got down to the stream at the furthest point. The trail was no longer marked and we weren’t sure where to go along the bank. Tried crossing the stream and going down toward the Lehigh, but rain and downed trees made it difficult. Going away from the Lehigh upstream seemed equally impossible. Never got to the actual waterfall. Nice scenic overlook of the gorge about 4.5 miles in before descending to the stream, although some trees obstructed the view. The first 2.3 miles of this map is along a wide gravel trail on hunting grounds. Fairly sure you can drive your car on that if the gates are open, as they were Saturday. Didn’t do any of the side trails, although some may lead to more scenic views. I’d go again, make a left upon entering the loop and see where that goes.

I had a great time! The rocks were a little slippery, maybe because of the moisture in the air from the waterfalls. It is an absolutely beautiful hike with some technical parts mainly at the beginning. It is perfect for someone who wants a little bit of a challenge with rewarding views.

Not well marked and eventually became impassable. The lower trail is mostly access roads that lead to a decent overlook and waterfall area. Avoid the loop section marked on this trail.

hiking
3 days ago

kinda was worth the view but went after the rain and trail to the view very muddy wet.

Beautiful trail but highly trafficked.. I usually prefer to hike with less people but it was still a great time. Tough in spots, our friends came with us who don’t usually hike and they had a hard time. The waterfall and overlook were beautiful!

A wonderful experience. Getting to the trail is a bit confusing due to lack of signage but once on the trail it is clearly blazed. Lots of signs about the danger of the trail but if you use your instincts and don’t get crazy to get that outlandish selife, you will be fine. I would describe the trail as a 6 on a scale of 10. Take the stream side trail for the ascent for some great photos. Descent is easiest in the eastern side of the loop. Best to wear hiking shoes instead of sneakers but don’t miss out on this one if you don’t have shoes. Just be cautious. Plenty of stable foot holds. An athletic, non-whiny child with encouraging adults will have a “cool” time to tell their friends how brave they are.ENJOY!

Was AMAZING!

Good Hike with waterfalls. Very crowded. We were trailing people most of the time. Rocks are slippery so wear good shoes.

Been a couple years, but I remember this hike up along the falls as beautiful and very exciting. Some sketchy parts that were thrilling. Went after a heavy rain so mud and slippery conditions added to my anxiety. I remember wanting to turn back for safety reasons, but decided to stick it out and I’m glad we did. There were some questionable unmarked areas, but a good map helped us through. At the end, we enjoyed it, but would only go back in dry conditions.

hiking
16 days ago

Nice short (3 mile) hike. Half of it is on gravel road. The wooded part is picturesque, but part of it had turned into a stream from flooding when we were there. The trail runs through state game lands, so if it is hunting season you might consider wearing bright colors. The vista overlook is great.

I was very anxious to try this trail based on reviews. We’ve hiked most of the Pocono trails including some of the Appalachian Trail. I have to admit I couldn’t figure out the complexity of the hike based on what different people were saying. My husband and I consider ourselves in good physical shape, so we decided to give a try and see for ourselves. We took our nine months old Collie with us and I could tell at certain spots that she was more nervous than I was. We actually had to help her by pushing her up on rocks and I could tell she was confused as to where to go.

Lack of signage makes difficult to figure out certain spots where the trail was heading; but since the trail was very crowded we had no problems following others on the Orange trail. The falls are beautiful, gorgeous and worth the hard work. We wore hiking boots which were very helpful since the trail was muddy and slippery after the rain the night before. I would strongly recommend not to hike this trail after the rain and not to wear sneakers even pretty much everyone around us did. It took us about two hours to get to the top of the falls followed by a short hike up to where the fire pit is (on the left) and we made a right on the blue trail to go back down which was much easier. We decided not to do the whole trail , which would added a couple more miles to the trip.

Knowing now what I didn’t before, regardless the gorgeous view and spectacular water falls, I would think twice about doing it again. My husband thinks differently, according him, the rock climbing on slippery trail wasn’t that bad after all. I have to disagree.. Hopefully this helps others to understand the complexity of the hike and won’t scare others to much to try the same. After all, the view was worth the challenges, only you have to be in very good shape, wear hiking boots, and be very careful.

M. Bellenzeni

hard but worth it! side at the falls is very peopley

Loved it!

Been hiking this trail for years. Today was a beautiful day to take the puppers out. Beware of snakes. Today Shadow stepped on a timber rattlesnake (a very large one at that) and it is a miracle she didn’t get bit.

hiking
1 month ago

Not good for family hike with kids. Encounter Cooperhead and Rattlesnake on the trees and in between the rocks.

We hike with our kids (5 & 8) and none of us liked the hike. Most of the hike was a stone road that was 80% in the sun. Very boring. It's not a "hike", it's more of a walk in the sun.

hiking
1 month ago

Wear boots. Go left and hike/scramble up the trail. Plan to take about three hours on this hike, maybe longer depending on how long you take when you take a breather.

My wife, pup and I hiked September 8th, 9:00 am, ~65 degree weather. It took three hours and was a terrific hike, but we really couldn't have been luckier with the temperature and the recent rains. The falls were beautiful and the air was clean permitting a great vista of the Lehigh valley. We went right on the Glen Onoko Loop up to the falls. It was reasonably steep up the ~1,000 foot climb and I imagine going left could be difficult. We had a dog so we didn't want to go the more difficult route, but we may have missed a few falls. If rain is a possibility, ankle high boots are a good idea. Otherwise, low cut hiking shoes aren't unreasonable. Apple maps won't take you to the correct trailhead. There is a sign on Main street for the falls, soon after you get off of North street that will take you in the correct direction.

Relatively flat hike to the overlook and the view is very nice.

very pretty hike! throughout the whole hike its stunning with tons of small waterfalls and beautiful rocks stacked up. the scene at one fall is pretty but be careful not to slip. the beginning is a little difficult to navigate but this app should help as well as "east coast hiker" just google that and he gives great directions in the beginning after that you'll start to see pink/orange markers which later turns into a green if you go right and I think blue if you go left? I'm not sure about left because if you go left it takes you through the whole trail, I was with my husband who got hungry

Great trail, just not cleared or marked very well but still very doable. Having the “all Trail” app helps.

The trail is pretty well marked most of the way, certain areas didn't have markings but following the beaten path will get you back on track. Some slippery spots along the falls but overall pretty stable footing. Nice variety of difficulty levels and views, certain stretches of long uphill/downhill treks. Very rocky, boots with ankle support recommended. The overlook is not that large of an area, we lucked out being there without anybody else but it was worth the view. The Lehigh River Overlook is pretty well grown up with saplings and would not recommend stopping. Overall a good hike if you want to burn a few hours with a variety of difficulties. Recommend going earlier in the morning than early afternoon due to traffic

Awesome trail! Definitely a little difficult. I started on the falls side (orange blaze) and followed the red blaze to complete the loop.

Great trail! Went on a busy weekend during the afternoon- the part of the trail near the falls was a bit crowded but everyone moved along at a good pace...markings were kept very well, and we loved the challenge in elevation changes. Definitely wear hiking boots and other clothes to change into if you are interested in going in the falls or walking through the streams.

Definitely a climb on many of the spots going on the trail by the waterfalls which isn’t always well marked. Did some climbing to the side and back. I like the vista but there are better ones in Jim Thorpe. I took the red trail up to the fire line trail and back. Always interesting things to see whether it is remains of the resort that burned down or the underground tunnels by the parking lot. Parking was a little tough as the whitewater rafter buses take many spots away. Beautiful place year round. I have been here when Falls were ice and you think summer is a challenge? I give this five stars because of the workout and fun of the falls but vistas aren’t that great except in the fall when you have better views.

Great day hike! Beautiful waterfall views, moderately hard trek up but it’s a quick loop.

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