Friday, October 20, 2023

PA Parks & Forests Foundation Penn’s Stewards Newsletter Features History Of Lehigh Gorge State Park Wilderness

Fall issue of Penn’s Stewards from the PA Parks & Forests Foundation features a history of the Lehigh Gorge State Park Wilderness in Carbon and Luzerne counties.

Lehigh Gorge Wilderness By Diane Madl

“The Lehigh about this place forms numerous short turns between the

mountains, and affords frequent falls, as well as below the falls deep pools, which render this stream a most valuable one for mills of any kind.” – John James Audubon, Great Pine Swamp, Lehigh River Valley, 1829

What drew people like John James Audubon, Josiah White, and railroad pioneer, Asa Packer to the wilderness that is now Lehigh Gorge State Park? Perhaps the beauty, the grandeur, the river!

Lehigh Gorge State Park, known for its stunning natural beauty, is enjoyed by upwards of 400,000 visitors annually. This linear park, added to the Pennsylvania State Park system in the 1970’s, follows the Lehigh River just south of the Francis E. Walter Dam, roughly 30 miles to the famous tourist town of Jim Thorpe. 

The park, with its Class II and III rapids whitewater boating opportunities, excellent fishing, and beautiful rail trail, was once a bustling transportation thoroughfare. 

Visitors today may be unaware they are recreating among the shadows of indigenous Lenape, early land surveyors, loggers, lumber mill and tannery workers, canal builders and boatmen, lock tenders, railroader workers, brick makers, and even early tourists. 

The hustle and bustle once commonplace along the river has been replaced by the sounds of the gurgling river, the wind through the trees, songbirds and the occasional sound of excited rafters, bicyclists, and daily trains. 

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Other Articles

-- Meet Paul Fogal Ecotourism In The Lehigh Gorge

-- Outdoor Recreation - Fueling Small Trail Towns

-- Partnership Projects

-- 2023 Awards Banquet

-- Camping Etiquette

-- 2022 Annual Report

-- You Made It Happen!

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The Foundation and their 48 chapters mobilize 65,000 volunteers annually to steward YOUR state parks and forests.

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[Posted: October 20, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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