I spent a beautiful day in Jim Thorpe, PA on October 20th, 2021, surrounded by fall foliage and the sights and sounds of a bustling tourist town in one of its busiest seasons.
Being a railfan, I’d always wanted to take the fall foliage excursion on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, and I was certainly not disappointed afterwards!
We departed at 11:00 am from Jim Thorpe on an absolutely stellar fall day in PA.
We rode up the Lehigh Gorge parallel to the rail trail, crossing over the Lehigh River.
The entire out and back trip lasted approximately 45 minutes, after which I explored some of the sights in Jim Thorpe.
The Asa Packer Mansion is right up the hill from the train station, and even though it was not open for tours on this day, the views of the exterior were impressive.
The mansion sits high on a hill with a commanding view of Jim Thorpe.
I next hiked to the top of Mount Pisgah, to catch a view of the 1:00 pm fall foliage train from high above.
The views of the Lehigh Gorge from the top of Mount Pisgah made the rather steep hike worth the effort.
I finished my afternoon in Jim Thorpe by driving out to the Glen Onoko access to Lehigh Gorge State Park, and caught the 3:00 pm fall foliage train passing through, my third encounter with the train in one day, from three very different vantage points.
So to summarize, if you’re headed to Jim Thorpe this weekend to catch the fall foliage festivities, you are probably going to catch it at or near its peak, based on what I saw in and around downtown and from the train ride.
If you’d like to know more about my train excursion, be sure to check out Riding the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway for more details.
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