DLNHC LogoSome Places to Visit

Although the Switchback Gravity Railroad has been gone as an operating entity for more than a half century, there are lots of places to experience the physical artifacts and memories in the region the railroad served between Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe) and Summit Hill, Pennsylvania. A good place to start is in downtown Jim Thorpe.

The best place to begin your search for information is on the town's chamber of commerce website, www.jimthorpe.org. It will provide you with everything from shopping to dining to entertainment to lodging and has many other useful links to organizations inside Jim Thorpe and Carbon County.

CNJ StationOn an introductory visit, be sure to visit the Old Mauch Chunk Landing, the home of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau and an official Landing of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.   The Old Mauch Chunk Landing is located in the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Station in downtown Jim Thorpe. It can't be missed!  The Landing is staffed by knowledgeable people , and you can pick up brochures and general information there. Displays in the Landing will assist you in planning your visit in the Jim Thorpe and Panther Valley area. Stop again on your way out to prepare for your next visit.

The Old Mauch Chunk Landing, opened in 1998, was the second to be opened among eleven planned in the Corridor, which extends 150 miles from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol in Bucks County.  The Landing's displays include a Living Landscape, an interactive map and audio presentation that explains Carbon County's history, including its role in coal mining and coal and railroad transportation.

And, if your timing is right and someone is in, stop by the Switchback Foundation office on the second floor of the south end of the station.

Landing Exhibits
The Landing at Jim Thorpe

Places to Visit Related to the Switchback Gravity Railroad

Mauch Chunk Museum
Old Opera House 1898 Playbill
New Opera House

How to Get Here

Getting to Jim Thorpe is not difficult. It's less than ten miles north of the Mahoning Valley Exit of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. From the Mahoning Valley Exit, take Rt. 209 west. Pass straight through the first traffic light (at the eastern end of the long concrete bridge), cross the bridge, and turn right (north) onto Rt. 209S. (Yes, at this point, Rt. 209S runs north for several miles!) Drive north through Lehighton. Within four miles, on your approach to Jim Thorpe through "The Narrows," you'll understand why this area was once known widely as "The Switzerland of America."

Regional Map

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