Looking for a day of adventure? From biking to whitewater rafting, the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor has plenty of pursuits both on and off the trail.
More commonly known as the D&L Trail, this route runs exclusively through Carbon County in the southern region of the Pocono Mountains. Read on to learn more about the D&L Trail.
The D&L Trail system covers 165 miles, with gaps, in Northeasten Pennsylvania from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol. The trail is known for preserving the natural and industrial heritage of the region while utilizing it to create fun and safe experiences for all who use it.
The Pocono Mountains region has 37 miles of the trail from Rockport to Palmerton, which invite a multitude of outdoor adventures. Our section of the trail travels along the Lehigh River, and passes through Lehigh Gorge State Park.
In the Lehigh Gorge State Park, pick up the start of the trail at the Rockport Trailhead. Walk or bike over 24 miles of uninterrupted D&L Rail-Trail throughout the park. This route ranges from easy to moderate difficulty, with a crushed stone surface and shares scenic views of the Lehigh River, waterfalls and historic ruins.
Ride the Rail-Trail all the way into the town of Jim Thorpe. The Mansion House Pedestrain Bridge connects the trail directly to downtown, which is one of the most impressive features on the D&L Trail. Here, you can take a break and explore all the town has to offer. Shop the boutiques, refuel at restaurants or relax while wine tasting. Whether spending the night in Jim Thorpe or getting back on the bike, continue the D&L Trail into Lehighton all the way to Palmerton.
Local outfitters also run trips throughout the trail where you can choose your experience. Adventure Center at Whitewater Challengers, Jim Thorpe River Adventures, Pocono Biking, Pocono Whitewater Adventures and Whitewater Rafting Adventures all provide whitewater trips. Some even offer biking, kayaking, tubing, zip lining, paintball and hiking excursions.
Note that the Parryville Spur trail section is unimproved and travel at your own risk, and the East Penn-Lehigh Gap trail section has intermittent closures through September 2020.
Interested in exploring more of the D&L Trail? Check out connecting sections of the trail in our neighboring counties to extend your trip with Discover Lehigh Valley, Visit Luzerne County and Visit Bucks County. Click the map below to discover the entire 165-mile trail.
You can also discover more adventures and activities in the Poconos. Find restaurants to enjoy outdoor dining, and places to stay throughout the region to explore our 2,400-square-mile destination.