Currently, there is no direct access between Jim Thorpe and the Weissport section of trail. Users on long-distance outings should consult a road map and determine the best route between Lehigh Gorge State Park and Weissport. Please see the information below for status updates.
UPDATED – March, 2018
The trail connection project is composed of the following three phases:
Carbon County Parking Lot – Engineering
This project will reconfigure the parking lot near the train station in a way that separates pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Current plans do not reduce the number of parking spaces.
Mansion House Pedestrian Bridge – Construction
255′ bridge across the Lehigh River has been installed. Remaining work, like installing decking, railings, and approach trails, will resume in Spring 2018.
Jim Thorpe Retaining Wall/Trail – Engineering
Project will improve trail from the Mansion House Bridge to the existing Weissport Trail. The retaining wall is critical to making the Mansion House Bridge universally accessible. Work expected to begin Summer 2018.
This proposed section will connect downtown Jim Thorpe to the Weissport section of trail via a new pedestrian bridge over the Lehigh River. The bridge is currently under construction and when complete, promises to be one of the most impressive features on the D&L Trail. The Jim Thorpe Trailhead is also a Lehigh River Water Trail access point. Please refer to Wildlands Conservancy’s Lehigh River Water Trail website for more information on trips along the water trail.