Glen Onoko Access Point Return to Access Point Map.
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River Conditions to Next Access Point: 

Class 1 Rapids Class 2 Rapids   Water is generally slow-moving except when the water level is low, which creates a staircase rapids called "Deaton's Demise."  The rapid occurs immediately after a sharp left turn, upriver of the Nesquehoning Creek and railroad bridge.


  • Lehigh Gorge Trail: A walking/biking trail that extends from the parking lot north to White Haven.   It is part of the D & L Trail. 
  • Lehigh Gorge State Park
  • Downtown Jim Thorpe: Amenities include restaurants, outfitters, bed and breakfasts, hotel, shops, cafes, and museums.
  • Historical attractions: High-lift locks #2 and #8, the Glen Onoko Falls, an exposed railroad turntable, and the abandoned "hole-in-the-wall" railroad tunnel.

Access Point Orientation and Description:
Access is on RIVER RIGHT.  The area is a small sand-and-gravel beach on the edge of the woods near an abandoned railroad tunnel which emerges high on the stone cliff above the river (the bridge over the river is gone).  A short path leads to the river from a large, well-marked turn-around area near the parking area.

Locating the Access Point from the River:
The river takes a hard right-hand turn as you approach the access point. The "hole-in-the-wall" tunnel is visible ahead on RIVER LEFT.  The public access point is found directly opposite the old tunnel, adjacent to the old bridge pilings and just beyond the commercial outfitters' access.

Directions to Access Parking/Unloading Area by Land:
From I-476 (Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike) take Exit 74. Turn right onto Route 209 South and go 6.0 miles through Jim Thorpe to Route 903. Turn right onto Route 903 North (crossing the large bridge over the Lehigh River ) and go 0.3 mile to the stop sign. Go straight across the intersection onto Coalport Road . Go on Coalport Road 0.3 mile to the entrance to Lehigh Gorge State Park . Turn left at the Lehigh Gorge State Park sign into the park and go 1.6 miles to the access area.

Access Point Location:
Continue through the parking area to the far end and follow the loop toward the comfort station.  Just past the comfort station bear to the left onto a dirt roadway and proceed to the public boat drop-off turnaround.  A short path leads from the boat drop-off to the riverbank (adjacent to the bridge abutment).  Drop off boating equipment, and park in the parking lot at either end of the loop.

User Facilities:

  • Parking for 250+ vehicles
  • Handicapped accessible comfort station
  • Hiking, biking, wildlife watching on adjacent Lehigh Gorge Trail
  • The beautiful Glen Onoko Falls trail is across the railroad tracks and up the mountain
  • Hunting, fishing in season

Ownership and Maintenance:

  • Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks/Lehigh Gorge State Park

Present Use and Conditions:

The access area is narrow and fairly flat.  A narrow, 50-foot path leads from the drop-off/turn-around area to the river.  Modern restroom facilities are available.  Special note: If hiking up along the Glen Onoko Falls trail, you will find sections of it quite steep and treacherous.  Hikers may be seriously injured as a result of accidental falls on this hiking trail.  Wear proper hiking shoes, and use caution especially with children.


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