Lehigh Gorge State Park

A kayaker braves whitewater at Ohiopyle State Park, Pennsylvania.

Whitewater Boating

Whitewater boaters enjoy the class II and III rapids in the steep gorge lined with rocks and trees.

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There are dozens of fun activities at Lehigh Gorge State Park, but here's a list to get you started.


A deep, steep-walled gorge carved by a river, thick vegetation, rock outcroppings, and waterfalls characterize Lehigh Gorge State Park. In Luzerne and Carbon counties in eastern Pennsylvania, the park follows the Lehigh River from the outlet of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Francis E. Walter Dam at the northern end, to the town of Jim Thorpe at the southern end of the park. Whitewater boating and biking are popular activities.

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This circular map shows the roads leading to Lehigh Gorge State Park, Pennsylvania.

This map of Pennsylvania highlights Lehigh Gorge State Park in the eastern side of the state.

White Haven is the northern access area and can be reached off Exit 273 of I-80. Follow PA 940 east, being sure to take a right turn at the stop sign in White Haven. Just after crossing the railroad tracks turn right on Main Street and after a sharp, descending left curve bear right to the state park access area.

White Haven GPS DD:  Lat. 41.05365  Long. -75.7716

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Rockport is the central access area and can be reached from the south by following US 209 south from Jim Thorpe to PA 93 north. After six miles, turn right onto Brenckman Drive to the town of Weatherly. Continue through Weatherly then turn right onto Lehigh Gorge Drive. Turn right onto Rockport Road. Rockport is accessible from the north from Exit 273 off I-80. Follow PA 940 west for one mile then turn left onto Lehigh Gorge Drive. At the village of Rockport, turn left onto Rockport Road.

Rockport GPS DD:  Lat. 40.9667  Long. -75.7551

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Driving Directions from Rockport to Glen Onoko
Leave access area on Rockport Road
0.8 mi. At stop sign, turn left onto Lehigh Gorge Drive
3.6 mi. In Weatherly, cross open grate bridge, then turn left at T-intersection
2.5 mi. At stop sign, turn left onto PA 93 S
5.9 mi. At stop sign, turn left onto US 209 N
3.0 mi. At stop light, turn left onto PA 903 N
0.4 mi. At stop sign, go straight (leaving PA 903 which bears to the right)
0.3 mi. Turn left at entrance to Lehigh Gorge State Park
1.6 mi. Enter parking area for Glen Onoko Access

Glen Onoko is the southern access area and may be reached by taking Exit 74 of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Follow US 209 south to Jim Thorpe. Then take PA 903 north across the river. At the stop sign, continue straight--leaving PA 903 which bears to the right. Turn left at the entrance to the park.

Glen Onoko GPS DD:  Lat. 40.8835  Long. -75.75914

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Driving Directions from Glen Onoko to Rockport
Leave Glen Onoko Access
1.6 mi. Turn right at stop sign
0.4 mi. At stop light, turn right onto US 209 S
2.9 mi. Turn right onto PA 93 N
6 mi. In Hudsondale, turn right onto Brenckman Drive heading towards Weatherly
2.4 mi. At stop sign, turn right, cross bridge
0.1 mi. After crossing railroad tracks, turn right
0.1 mi. At stop sign, go straight
0.3 mi. At T-intersection, turn left, then turn right at stop sign
3.2 mi. Turn right onto Rockport Road
0.8 mi. Follow Rockport Road to parking area

Driving Directions: The Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window. Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.

Lehigh Gorge State Park