Hike & Kayak Multi-Sport Tour


Explore the natural world around Jim Thorpe through a guided hike, a visit to a beautiful mountain overlook, and a kayak adventure on a serene lake. We'll discuss the geology and history of the area, noting some historic events that changed the shape of the natural world, then we'll continue the conversation while hiking in evergreen woods near a beautiful creek. Halfway through our hike, we'll jump in some kayaks and paddle around Mauch Chunk Lake for an hour to get close-ups of the beautiful shoreline and panoramic mountain views from a unique perspective. After working out our upper body on the lake, we have a choice of finishing out the hiking with a challenging climb and descent of Mauch Chunk Ridge, or a leisurely stroll down the Switchback Trail.  (We can also do the hike in the reverse direction - get the workout toward the start, then paddle, then take the easy way back.)  Either way, we discuss some unique stories related to the history of this particular area.  This multi-activity tour really gives a well-rounded adventure: you  do, see and learn a lot! It is a great tour for families, as there are a lot of different subjects to discuss, and kids love the different settings and activities.  Family discounts are offered.  Kayak rental fee is included in this package, and beginners will be taught the basics of paddling.  For families with younger kids (who can't handle a kayak themselves), we take canoes on the lake, with at least one adult per child.


"it was so peaceful out there on the lake... the little details in all your stories make them so interesting... this was perfect, just what we needed..."   JB/AB, SE PA


"...I tried to stay quiet and let the kids listen to you... it was great the way you worked with them..."  "...You reminded me of their ski instructor... the kids had a blast...."  quotes from 2 different Dads, NJ and MA


Tour Runs Monday to Friday from May 1 to October 31. Starting time is either 9am or 12:30pm, and it takes about 4-5 hours to complete the activities.

Snack and water included.  Eat a hearty meal prior to the tour!


** Note that although this tour is available certain days, there is one tour given per day - it may not be this one: the first reservation is what determines the day’s tour. Call to find out what tour is going on a specific day, or if you’re planning ahead, reserve the trip you want to take!

Mauch Chunk Lake has a beautiful shoreline that's worth exploring.
Walking creekside toward the lake is a nice way to get into the woods.
So many picturesque spots, and a built-in photographer - your JTX guide!
This is a great trip for families, kids have a lot to look at & talk about.
Paddling on the calm lake is easy - for beginners, a little bit of instruction is included.
Descending the Fireline trail from Mauch Chunk Ridge - this is the tougher way back!
4 Miles
$69 per person
4.5 Hours

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The Jim Thorpe eXperience
37 West Broadway,
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229

Phone: 484.225.1209

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Tour Features

  • Moderate Tour
  • Moderate Hiking
  • Easy Kayaking
  • Views/Vista
  • History
  • Admission Included
  • Snack Included