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Jim Thorpe: Authentic Small-Town Charm!
Formerly know as Mauch Chunk (mock-CHUNK), Jim Thorpe has a rich and historic past. Once a vital industrial coal transportation town during the 19th century, it is now a year-round destination that takes on its own life and magic in each season. Located at the base of a steep valley carved by the Lehigh River, you can enjoy the beauty of the mountains while you experience the town’s shopping, dining, entertainment and outdoor recreation. The town has been called the “Switzerland of America” due to the picturesque scenery, mountainous location and architecture; as well as the “Gateway to the Poconos.”
In the summer, the Lehigh River becomes a nature’s water park for rafting, kayaking, and fishing. The Switchback Trail, a former railroad line for transporting coal, offers wonderful biking and hiking from downtown Jim Thorpe. Must see’s are: The Old Jail Tour, where seven of the accused Molly Maguires were put to death; and the Penns Peak and Mauch Chunk Opera House, a regular stop on the old Vaudeville Circuit that is nationally respected as a venue for live performances and cultural events. If you love the arts, then you’ll be in heaven with over 12 art galleries offering paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more. Jim Thorpe is best known for its annual Fall Foliage Festival held every autumn the first three weekends in October.
Jim Thorpe’s proximity to the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia and New York makes it a great place to getaway from it all. Come and explore the endless recreation opportunities, the one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques, fascinating historic attractions and numerous restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and pubs.
A visit to Jim Thorpe can be anything you want it to be and your visit would not be complete without a stay at a nearby Bed and Breakfast.