Last Sunday was one of those "so beautiful you want to bottle it and save it forever" days in the Pocono Mountains. So, my friend and I headed to Lehigh Gorge State Park for a day of mountain biking along the Lehigh River. He had bikes so we unloaded them about 11:00 a.m. at the Rockport Access Area, put on our helmets, and headed up the trail toward White Haven. We are both in pretty good shape but the trail is 8.6 miles one way and I hadn't been biking in years, so I wasn't quite sure how long I'd last.
It is a really smooth ride (the last mile up to White Haven is a bit rougher surface) with a very gradual incline on the way up. We stopped once to look at the canal locks, but otherwise kept peddling. It took about an hour to get to White Haven where we rewarded ourselves with lunch at Antonio's Pizzeria. It's right in the shopping plaza adjacent to the trail. We split a medium stromboli and still had leftovers! The ride back was slightly downhill all the way which made it nice and easy on the quad muscles and a great way to soak in the sunshine, the natural scents, and soothing sound of gentle river rapids. Somewhere along the way back I was a carefree 14 years old again standing on my pedals and trying hands free (but not thank goodness simultaneously).
Not having a bike shouldn't stop you. There are a number of Lehigh River Gorge area outfitters who will provide bikes, helmets, transportation, and advise you on the perfect trail options for your ability level.
Do you have a favorite Pocono biking trail to share?