Transportation was the ‘gold mine’ for this area – canals and trains took coal and lumber to East Coast markets, which created enormous wealth here. This tour gives you a guided, interpretive 25-mile ride of the beautiful Lehigh Gorge trail, with a focus on the canal and railroad history of the area. Enjoy stops at historic sites, snack by the river, find great picture opportunities and finish with a tour of the amazing mansion of canal-boat-builder-turned-railroad-magnate Asa Packer.
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If one of our pre-planned tours is not what you are looking for - you just want to ride - the JTX can customize a ride to your ability and the trail characteristics you like.
Here are some options:
* Lehigh Canal Path (easy rail-trail biking)
* Lehigh Canal Singletrack (advanced mountain biking)
* Mauch Chunk Ridge (moderate mountain biking)
* Butcher Hollow (moderate mountain biking)
* Upper Switchback Trail (moderate mountain biking)
* Lehigh & New England Rail-Trail (easy rail-trail biking)
Similar to the above transportation-themed trip, this is a shorter (15-mile), guided & interpretive ride of the beautiful Lehigh Gorge trail focusing on the canal and railroad history of the area, which includes historic discussion, relaxing breaks by the river, great picture opportunities and ends with a tour of the Asa Packer Mansion. Enjoy a relaxing morning, then spend the afternoon in the beautiful Lehigh Gorge with the JTX helping you find the best of this amazing place.
Coal mining is an important aspect of this area’s history and culture, and this well-rounded tour gets at the best and worst of the subject. Go 1600’ into a mountainside coal mine, visit miner’s cemeteries and discuss the discovery of anthracite, then ride the Switchback Gravity Railroad, stopping for historic discussion on the way. Lunch lakeside and discuss local ecological issues. Finish the bike ride with more Switchback stories, and end the day with a tour of the Old Jail Museum while learning the legend of the Molly Maguires.
Below is a list of JTX Committment dates: some of these are dates that are not available due to other commitments or the tours are fully-booked; some are tours that are already scheduled, but not fully-booked, so you may be able to join if the tour interests you.
IF THERE IS NOTHING LISTED NEXT TO A DATE (or a range of dates) THEN THERE IS NOTHING SCHEDULED FOR THAT TIME... it is available for your tour!