Explore the beauty of the Pocono Mountains like never before. The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway offers visitors an incredible opportunity to come face to face with majestic wildlife, dramatic elevation changes, and 30-mile views of the surrounding mountain landscape. To learn more about the famous railway and how to plan your next adventure, continue reading below! For more information about all of the best things to do in the Pocono Mountains, check out our complimentary Vacation Guide.
The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway is located in the historic town of Jim Thorpe. Previously known as Mauch Chunk, a Leni Lenape Native American name meaning “Bear Mountain,” Jim Thorpe is at the heart of the Pocono Mountains, and the scenic railway is the crown jewel. Whether you’re here for the colorful face of fall or the sweet breeze of spring, there’s never a bad time to experience the thrill of the Poconos. The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway is waiting to whisk you away on the adventure of a lifetime!
About the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
With the completion of a railroad bridge across the Lehigh River in Jim Thorpe in 2005, the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway was born. The scenic railway is a sister company to the Reading and Northern Railroad and runs from New Jersey Station in Jim Thorpe straight into Lehigh Gorge State Park. If you’re looking for an easy way for the whole family to experience the history of Jim Thorpe and the natural beauty of the Poconos in one trip, there isn’t a better option.
The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway features vintage stage coaches updated to meet modern standards of comfort. The entire trip is narrated, giving you a rundown of the area’s storied past and pointing out all of the can’t-miss landmarks. As the railway puts it, the trip takes you past “Lehigh River, over bridges, through Glen Onoko, and into the Lehigh Gorge State Park. High-rising cliffs, mountain scenery, and wildlife surround the train along the forested route to Old Penn Haven.” Ride in the front car or the caboose, an incredible view and an unforgettable ride greet you either way. Explore your options for available trains right here. You can even bring dogs along for free on this 70-minute drive!
How to Plan Your Trip
The scenic railway operates on weekends, holidays, and select weekdays in December. If you’re trying to plan your next visit, check out the train’s regular schedule to find a time that works for you! Trains typically depart from Jim Thorpe at 11 a.m, 1 p.m, and 3 p.m. on operational days. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth next to the station on the day of your voyage. The railway recommends getting their 30 minutes before departure to allow enough time to make the purchase and still catch the train!
Throughout the year, the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway hosts select events and specially themed rides. Check out the full list below!
Easter Bunny Special: For two weekends in April, kids can experience the magic of a ride in the presence of the Easter Bunny.
Bike Train: Rent a bike or bring your own, and take the train into Lehigh Gorge State Park. The rest is up to you!
Santa Clause Specials: This is the perfect way to explore the beauty of winter in the Poconos. Take the kids to meet Santa, and enjoy the shimmering, snow-covered landscape.
Learn more about Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway’s special events!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do Trains Leave on Time? All Trains leave at the scheduled departure time aside from extenuating circumstances outside of the railway’s control.
How long are the train rides? Trips last 70 minutes except for October, when train rides last 45 minutes due to increased traffic and higher demand.
Can we ride in the caboose? The caboose is the last car out of Jim Thorpe and the first to arrive back in the station. Only six people can ride in the caboose, and tickets are only available from May until September.
Are there group discounts? Yes, all discounts must be purchased in advance, and no discounts are given in October.
For more FAQ and answers, visit the railway’s website! Alternatively, call 570- 325- 8485 for help purchasing tickets or any further questions.
Where to Stay in the Pocono Mountains?
No matter where your Pocono Mountain adventure takes you, the Mountaintop Lodge is the perfect place to call home. The quiet luxury and undeniable charm of our quaint inn gives guests an incredible opportunity to recharge for your next excursion. With each stay, gain instant access to the Lake Naomi Club and amenities. A nine-hole golf course, the club pool, and the Logan Steele Community Center are all available.
Our elegant guest suites feature artful decor, friendly views of our backyard and 70-year-old apple tree, and spacious living areas. For instance, take the tour of Autumn, a fantastic guest suite on the second floor of our inn. A king-size bed, a large tub and shower, and a flat-screen TV are all waiting for you. Wake up each morning feeling refreshed and grab a cup of coffee in our on-site coffee and pastry shop to start your day. The getaway of your dreams starts right now!