Currently, there is no direct access between Jim Thorpe and the Weissport section of D&L Trail. Users on long-distance outings should consult a local bike outfitter for a shuttle between Jim Thorpe and Lehighton/Weissport. Please see the information below for trail project updates.
UPDATED – September 2018
The trail connection project is composed of the following three phases:
Carbon County Parking Lot – Engineering
Currently, trail users are able to access this section but should be careful when sharing the parking lot with vehicular traffic. This project will reconfigure the parking lot near the train station in order to separate pedestrian and vehicular traffic without loss of parking spaces.
Mansion House Bridge – Construction
255′ bridge across the Lehigh River has been installed. Although the bridge is complete, the trail on the east bank of the river is unimproved an unsafe. The bridge will open when the trail improvements, including construction of a retaining wall, is complete.
Jim Thorpe Lock 1 Retaining Wall/Trail – Engineering
Project will improve the D&L Trail from the Mansion House Bridge and 3/4 mile towards the existing Weissport Trail. The retaining wall is critical to making the Mansion House Bridge universally accessible. A contractor has been selected and site work will begin when access rights are granted by the two railroads. This section is closed until construction is complete. Please check back for future updates.
This section will connect downtown Jim Thorpe to the Weissport section of trail via a new pedestrian bridge over the Lehigh River. The bridge 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.