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 – June 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 a way that separates pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Current plans do not reduce the number of parking spaces.
Mansion House Bridge – Closed
255′ bridge across the Lehigh River has been installed and a dedication ceremony was held on June 11, 2018. The bridge is closed until further notice because the trail connection on the east side of the river is incomplete and unsafe.
Jim Thorpe Lock 1 Retaining Wall/Trail – Engineering
Project will improve D&L Trail from the Mansion House Bridge to the existing Weissport section of trail, distance slightly less than 1 mile. The retaining wall is critical to making the Mansion House Bridge universally accessible. The project is in the bidding process. 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.