They are everywhere! Look in the forest, in the air and in the water to find all kinds of Pokemon. Whitewater Challengers has it all – the perfect home for Pokemon in the Poconos.
Whitewater Rafting for Pokemon
We’ve all heard stories of Pokemon trainers kayaking into the ocean to take control of PokeGyms or stumbling across dead bodies on the hunt…creepy. Here in the Pocono Mountains you can catch our Lehigh River Pokemon on a safely guided whitewater tour.
Our Family Style Rafting Trip offered daily is the perfect place to catch some new water Pokemon. Mild class I & II rapids make the trip exciting, but calm areas and your lunch stop are the perfect place to take some time to hunt down a new Pokemon. We don’t suggest taking your phone with you on an action packed Premier Whitewater Rafting Trip through the Lehigh Gorge State Park. There is limited cell service in the Lehigh Gorge and Pokemon have only been found at the beginning and end of the trip. But if you want an exciting whitewater adventure plus a chance to catch some Pokemon book a two day adventure like our Weekender Rafting Package or our Pedals and Paddles Package.
Take your phone at your own risk! As the game warns, be aware of your surroundings. You still need to watch out for rocks and paddle to navigate down the river. A waterproof phone case you can hang around your neck is the best tool for catching Pokemon on the Lehigh River.
Pokemon Trainers take to the Bike Trail
White Haven, PA is a quiet rural town with Pokemon around every corner. Hit the Lehigh Gorge Trail starting in White Haven and you will find a PokeGym at the trail head. Just over a mile down the trail at the Lehigh Tannery Historic Site there are two PokeStops. Take a rest, stock up on PokeBalls, maybe set a lure or two and hang out on the trail. Take advantage of our trail bike rental and shuttle available daily.
Pokemon Hunting Trail Etiquette:
- Don’t slam on your brakes to catch that Pidgeotto or Eevee! There might be a rider right behind you.
- To catch a Pokemon, please pull your bike off the trail.
- Don’t Pokemon and drive! – bring a handlebar mount for your phone if you want to monitor your surroundings while riding.
- When passing another rider, pass on the left and communicate with other riders that you are “On Your Left!”
- Operate at a safe speed, you want to be sure you don’t miss a chance to catch a Pokemon.
- Don’t ride two people wide when passing or being passed from either direction. Let those other Pokemon Trainers have a fair shot!
PokeStop & PokeGym at Whitewater Challengers
When you are done hunting Pokemon in the Poconos for the day, our shuttles bring you back from the bike trail or Lehigh River to our rafting center and campground.
Conveniently, there is a PokeStop at the gazebo near the entrance to our campground. As we greet you for your rafting trip you can be stocking up at this PokeStop. Pokemon have been found all over our campground and rafting center including near our paintball target range and life jacket building. Not only is there a PokeStop and hoards of Pokemon, but we have located a PokeGym at the entrance to our campground just off of North Stagecoach Road in Weatherly, PA. Right now the PokeGym is under control of a Whitewater Challengers’ river guide, however our Kitchen Staff is looking to take back control soon.
Pokemon GO and the Pocono Mountains are a natural fit. With abundant forests, lakes, and rivers the area attracts a wide variety of Pokemon. We’ll keep you posted on new and exciting news about Pokemon in the Poconos. The best way to find out what’s hiding in the woods is to visit Whitewater Challengers for a rafting trip, camping out, or biking the trail. Call 800-443-8554 for more information or to book your trip today!
Some people see whitewater rafting as an adventure too extreme for families with younger children. In reality rivers like the Lehigh River near Jim Thorpe provide family-friendly rafting trips for children as young as age 5. Family rafting trips in Jim Thorpe are one of the region’s most popular summer activities.
Jim Thorpe Family-Style Trips
Available from April-October, family-style trips are the perfect adventure for your family. Introduce your children, campers, or students to the thrills of white water. These rafting trips near Jim Thorpe include:
- Class I-II rapids for an exciting, fun-filled ride
- Time to enjoy swimming holes
- Beautiful Jim Thorpe scenery
- Free river lunch on weekdays with Family-Style rafting
Jim Thorpe rafting is the ideal introduction to whitewater rafting. This trip is popular with youth groups and Boy/Girl Scouts looking to experience an exciting outdoor adventure. Start with the family-style rafting and work your way towards higher class rapids on Dam Release Premier Whitewater trips on the Lehigh River.
A Step Up for First Time Rafters
The Lehigh River is filled with dozens of Class II-III rapids on the section of the Lehigh River north of Jim Thorpe. These upper stretches, where we run our Premier Whitewater Rafting trips, feature rapids like Staircase, Z-rapids, Swimmer’s, Mile-Long, Triple Drop, and many more. The river calms down a bit and offers a more Family-Style Rafting trip around Jim Thorpe.
Premier rafting trips are available to kids age 9 and up. Premier whitewater trips offer the most excitement on dam release weekends when the Francis E Walter dam, north of Jim Thorpe, releases water creating fun rapids through the Lehigh Gorge.
All sections of the Lehigh River are suitable for first-timers on guided whitewater rafting trips. Whitewater Challengers professional river guides will help to guide you down the river safely and provide you with the best Jim Thorpe vacation ever!
Other Activities Near Jim Thorpe
Rafting in Jim Thorpe isn’t the only adventure to be had. Immerse your family in the outdoors by trying these other activities:
- Trail biking
- Disc golf
The scenic Lehigh Gorge Trail follows the Lehigh River from White Haven to Jim Thorpe offering spectacular biking and hiking opportunities for the family. Jim Thorpe is a perfect family destination to experience the outdoors, history and culture.
To book your Jim Thorpe rafting trip today, call 800-443-8554 today.
If you have been thinking about going whitewater rafting or kayaking in the United States you have probably seen the terms Class I, II, III, IV and V. What exactly does this tell you? It’s a river classification rating system is a guideline for the difficulty of the river rapids. This does not rate how FUN a rapid is! Many Class III rapids are just as fun, if not more than a Class IV rapid. Much like rating storms or earthquakes based on their severity, river rapid classifications are in place for the safety of boaters.
The following is a brief description of each rapid classification:
- Class I rapids: Small waves and riffles with few obstacles. Any obstructions are obvious and easily avoidable.
- Class II rapids: Straightforward rapid with wide, clear channels that are evident without scouting. Occasional maneuvering may be required but rocks and medium-sized waves are easily missed by trained paddlers.
- Class III rapids: Moderate, irregular waves may be difficult to avoid. Complex maneuvers might be required through tight passages or around ledges. Large waves, strong eddies and powerful current effects can be present.
- Class IV rapids: Rapids are predictable, but powerful. Precise boat handling is required through turbulent water. Large unavoidable waves, holes, and constricted passages may be present. Fast maneuvers may be needed under pressure to avoid dangerous hazards.
- Class V rapids: Risks include extremely long, obstructed or violent rapids. Drops may contain large unavoidable waves or holes. Length of the rapids may require a high fitness level. Eddies that exist can be small or difficult to reach. Falling out the boat can be dangerous and rescue difficult.
- Class VI rapids: Almost never attempted, extremely difficult, unpredictable, and dangerous. Rescue may be impossible.
More information about river classifications is available at americanwhitewater.org. American Whitewater is a national non-profit organization with a mission “to conserve and restore America’s whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.”
Each rapid has its own classification. For example, the Lehigh River in the Pocono Mountain Region of PA, as a Class I, II, and III river features rapids ranging from the mildest Class I to the intermediate level of a III. Rapid difficulty also depends on the trip. Premier Whitewater Trips are often run through the Lehigh River Gorge which contains rapids rated as Class I, II and Class III. Milder Family Style Trips on a different section of the Lehigh River are Class I and Class II.
Weathers Impact on Rapids
Weather conditions also affect the intensity of the rapids. Large amounts of precipitation can cause water levels to rise for several hours or even several days. Snow thawing in the spring time increases the water levels and makes for exciting spring rafting trips on the Hudson River or Black River in New York State where they get over a foot of snow each month in the winter time.
Whitewater Challengers offers rafting trips for any skill level. On our river trips there are rapids ranging from Class I to Class V. Call our river experts at 800-443-8554 for more information about the rivers and to discuss the best rafting trip for you.
Company trips are a great way to boost team morale and company team building exercises encourage a more cooperative work environment. Whitewater rafting gives you BOTH in one trip. It is the perfect atmosphere to achieve both at once. Whether you visit the Lehigh River in the Pennsylvania or one of our rivers in upstate New York we can assure you that you are going to have a blast!
Rafting Encourages Team Work
Rafting isn’t like an amusement park ride, the natural environment creates obstacles that you have to navigate around with whitewater rushing around your rafting and splashing into your face. Your employees will learn to paddle as a team and take direction from a raft captain or river guide. At the Lehigh River you can even hire a team building coordinator to do activities prior to rafting, on the river, and when you return from the river.
At our New York locations team building is inherent in our whitewater rafting trips so no need to for a team building facilitator. Navigating class IV or V rapids puts your group into a real life situation where they need to work cooperatively to paddle through rapids and avoid obstacles in the river. During all of this they are going to have the time of their life and maybe even check an item off their bucket list. Give your employees a sense of adventure and accomplishment by choosing a company trip at the Hudson River or Black River.
Like other team building activities whitewater rafting empowers individuals to contribute to common goal of team work. When your team gets back to work they will be able to apply their new skills in a constructive way.
Fun Day (or Days) Out to Boost Morale
Day to day routines can be a drag after a while. Get everyone out of the office and give them something to talk about! Activity-based events are one of the best ways to boost employee morale. They give employees a chance to blow off steam and see their co-workers and managers in an environment other than the work place. Fresh air, scenic views and tons of thrills are the highlights of a day on the river.
Organize a one-day trip or an overnighter. At the Lehigh River you can camp overnight right at the rafting center! You can even rent tents (which we set up and take down) from us to take all the hard work out of camping. If your idea of camping is a soft mattress and air conditioning, don’t worry there are plenty of nearby hotels.
No matter the size of your business we can organize a trip that is right for you. We even offer group discounts! Depending on the size of your group and the activities that you want to include in your company trip we can customize a program for you. Whitewater Challengers group sales team will work with you one on one to organize your rafting trip.
To reserve a company outing call 800-443-8554 or visit our website for more details about each of our whitewater rivers.
Jim Thorpe in Northeast Pennsylvania is a small town rich in history and culture. Jim Thorpe is a must see tourist destination. Peaking the charts for one the best places to visit in Pennsylvania, Jim Thorpe is filled with shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, bars, and historic attractions.
Located on the outskirts of the Pocono Mountains, Jim Thorpe is just 35 minutes from the Lehigh Valley, 90 minutes from Philadelphia, and 2 hours from New York City.
Art and Culture
Jim Thorpe is home to a handful of art galleries and boutique stores offering everything from fine art to novelties. Take a walk along Broadway in downtown Jim Thorpe and you can view artwork at the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation, Hazard House Gallery, Black Diamond Gallery, Out of the Blue, and more. Artists from all backgrounds have settled down in the Jim Thorpe art studios creating paintings, lithograph prints, blacksmithing sculptures, stained glass, jewelry and photography.
On weekends you will often find musicians in the town square or playing live music in one of Jim Thorpe’s many restaurants or bars. The Mauch Chunk Opera house also offers a variety of performances throughout the year.
Jim Thorpe’s most notable festival is the Fall Foliage Festival which takes place on three consecutive weekends each year. Visiting the Pocono Mountains when the leaves are at their peak fall color is the perfect time to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown, rent a bike and take to the trails just outside of Jim Thorpe to take in the fresh air and scenic wonders of the region.
Other festivals and parades are held throughout the year including the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration, and Winterfest.
Restaurants of Jim Thorpe
Fine dining, casual dining, or checking out the bar scene in Jim Thorpe is a great way to end your day in Jim Thorpe. Sit down the locals at Molly Maguire’s Pub or enjoy a meal the Broadway Grille and Pub in downtown Jim Thorpe. Take a break on a hot summer day to cool down with an ice cream cone from Wood’s ice cream near the Train Station.
History of Jim Thorpe
Jim Thorpe’s charm is not the only thing that draws visitors to the area. Tourists and locals alike are drawn to the mystery of the Jim Thorpe Jail and the stories of the Molly Maguire’s of the coal era. You can tour the grandeur Asa Packer and Harry Pack Mansions that grace the hillsides of Jim Thorpe.
Visit the Old Mauch Chuck Train Station that provides historic displays or take a ride on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railways. The railways take you through the Lehigh Gorge State Park where you can step out into nature.
Outdoor Recreation Near Jim Thorpe
Escape the busy streets and get into the wilderness. The Pocono Mountains provide some of the best hiking & biking trails, whitewater rafting, and wildlife observation in Pennsylvania.
The Lehigh Gorge State Park that stretches from the White Haven area to Jim Thorpe, PA is home to the best whitewater rafting in the area. The Lehigh River is a family friendly river that offers fun and exciting Class I, II and III rapids. Rafting trips are available from April through October.
You can book whitewater rafting trips with Whitewater Challengers which is located just 20 minutes outside of Jim Thorpe. They are conveniently located to the Upper Lehigh River Gorge which boasts some of the best rapids on a 9 mile section of the Lehigh River from White Haven to Rockport. It is a short 10-15 minute shuttle to and from the river from the Whitewater Challengers Rafting Center in Weatherly, PA.
Jim Thorpe rafting is also available in a more family-friendly format. Trip for ages 5+ are available every day of the week and on weekday include a free lunch when rafting with Whitewater Challengers. Family-style rafting begins in Jim Thorpe and takes you south on the Lehigh River through calmer Class I & II rapids.
The Lehigh Gorge State Park also features a rail/trail system for hiking and biking. Start at White Haven and end in Jim Thorpe for almost 25 miles of trail with a slight downhill grade. Whether you are on bike or foot the scenic trail passes waterfalls, wildlife and historic remains of lock and dams. Bike rentals and shuttles are available from Whitewater Challengers.
Combine your tour of Jim Thorpe with experiences in the mountains. Camp out with Whitewater Challengers for a few nights at the Lehigh River Rafting Center and campground while you enjoy a vacation full of art, history and outdoor adventure in and near Jim Thorpe, PA.
Need help planning your trip? Call the river experts at 800-443-8554.
Pledge to get outdoors this spring! A trail ride on the Lehigh Gorge Trail with Whitewater Challengers is the perfect spring time activity. The Rails to Trails Conservancy has announced that April 16th, 2016 will be the official Opening Day as a kick-off to the trail season!
Access Points for the Lehigh Gorge Trail
The Lehigh Gorge Trail features almost 25 miles of scenic views and historic sites. Access points include (from North to South) White Haven, Rockport and Glen Onoko. You can start your day with White Haven and enjoy a leisurely downhill ride with the family. Biking the complete trail one way will take approximately 4-5 hours. Whitewater Challengers offers a bike rental and shuttle service that will take you to and from the trail so you don’t have to worry about biking uphill at the end of the day.
Rail Trail Etiquette
When you are out on the trail, whether you are walking, running or biking, be sure to follow trail etiquette. The following a few pointers:
- Use safe speeds
- Keep right, pass left
- Stand aside if you stop
- Mind your pets
- Be alert
- Know and follow the rules
It’s important to respect the environment and keep the trails clean. If you take it in, take it out. Leave no trace. However you want to say it…pick up your trash, clean up after your animals and do not vandalize the trail.
Rails to Trails Opening Day
Rails to Trails Opening Day is all about Spring! The Rails to Trails Conservancy has dedicated April 16 as the official kick off to trail season and is asking everyone to pledge to get outdoors. Not to mention, if you pledge to get outside on a trail near you on Opening Day you are entered to win one of two Fuji bicycles. Be sure to take some great photos along the way and share them with your friends using #RTCOpeningDay.
Whitewater Challengers Kick Off Trail Ride
To help kick off the season Whitewater Challengers is offering a discounted rate for trail ride packages including bike rental, shuttle to and from the trail, bottled water, helmet and trail map. For any trail ride package on April 16, 2016 use discount code “RTC” for $10 off our regular rate.
Three trail ride options include:
- 9 miles from White Haven to Rockport (check in times 9am and 12pm)
- 13.5 miles from Rockport to Glen Onoko (check in time 10:30am)
- 22.5 miles from White Haven to Glen Onoko (check in time 9am)
Reservations are required for trail rides and packages must be booked in advance to use the $10 off discount for the April 16th kick off ride. Check out the event webpage for more information or to book your ride!
The Lehigh River in Pennsylvania provides ample opportunity for a group rafting trip that will be remembered for years to come. Youth organizations, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, school trips, sports teams, company outings, church groups and other organizations visit the Lehigh River each spring, summer, and fall. Exciting rapids on the Lehigh River are great for team building experiences and to enhance appreciation of the outdoors.
Planning a one day rafting trip or a multiple day outdoor experience by combing rafting with biking, paintball, or other nearby adventures is as easy as a phone call to Whitewater Challengers.
Youth Camps and Scout Programs
The Lehigh River is a great river for youngsters down to age 5. Youth camps from NJ, NY, and PA often visit Whitewater Challengers for a one day rafting trip or for an overnight camping trip at the Lehigh River Adventure Campground.
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can use the rafting trip and outdoor experiences they have in the Pocono Mountains towards patches they can proudly wear on their Scout uniforms. The Lehigh River is the perfect river for a team building experiences on all group rafting trips. Scout Raft Rally programs are available to Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops on select weekends during the rafting season. These programs offer discounted rafting, night time entertainment, and a free Scout Patch.
From youth teams to pro-sports teams, whitewater rafting offers a safe yet exciting outdoor adventure.
Whitewater Challengers hosts soccer teams participating in the Whitewater Cup Classic soccer tournaments three times per year in the Wilkes Barre, PA area. Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day weekends feature onsite camping for teams and discounted soccer rates for all teams interested in a group rafting trip. The one day format of the soccer tournament allows teams to have a fun filled adventure on the Lehigh River on their off day.
Companies looking for unique company trips and teambuilding experiences don’t have to travel any further than PA or NY. You can have Whitewater Challengers organize a team building program with a facilitator at the Lehigh River, use the recreation field for your activities, or just spend the day on the river. Whitewater rafting encourages teambuilding naturally. Raft mates must work together in order to keep the boat in the right direction and avoid pinning against rocks. Choose from three different locations: the Lehigh River in the Poconos PA, the Hudson River in the Adirondacks NY and the Black River in the Thousand Islands Region of NY. Choose which river you want to raft based on experience level and the age of your group.
Ready for Adventure? Book Now
Regardless of the type of group you are organizing a trip for: consider whitewater rafting as a safe and unique experience. Youth and adults alike will enjoy a day on the river working together as a group rafting the Lehigh River in Pennsylvania. Our group sales coordinators will work with you personally to plan an outing that your employees, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or team mates will remember for years to come.
Experience the opportunities a Lehigh River guide life can open up to you. Whitewater Challengers owner and staff are passionate about the outdoors and whitewater rafting. From the beginning in 1975 guided whitewater rafting excursions have been offered on the Lehigh River. Professional river guides flock to the rivers in the summer months to lead guests down the river safely each year. Guide life is not all fun and games, but year after year new recruits start training in April, May and June for a fulfilling outdoor job. Not many people can truly say that they get paid to do what they love. But our staff can’t say it enough.
Passion for the Outdoors
Outdoor lifestyle is ingrained into the heart and soul of our staff. Our river guides love to share their love of the outdoors and whitewater rafting with others. They also pride themselves in navigating the river safely. Just ask river guide Janet Jastremski. Janet says that, “Guiding for Whitewater Challengers and sharing my passion for the river with children and adults is the best job ever!”
Once a river guide, always a river guide is an accurate phrase. Memories made while by being a Lehigh River guide, meeting fellow guides and customers, and the experiences taken away from the job are what defines “guide life”. It’s a supportive community and network that you will always be a part of.
River Guide Training on the Lehigh River
Whitewater Challengers offers a river guide training program unmatched by our competitors on the Lehigh River. Years of experience and knowledge of the river are passed down from our earliest generations of river guides. Whitewater Challengers seasoned guide managers will be happy to discuss the job more if you call the Guide Hotline (570-443-9728) when they return from their winter excursions at the end of March. Our guides are responsible for the safety and experience that each guest has as they journey down the river. Unlike an amusement ride, the Lehigh River can be unpredictable and poses natural hazards like rocks, fallen trees, and wild animals. It’s not all fun and games, but our training program gives guides the knowledge and hands on experience to avoid dangerous situations and respond when necessary.
In fact, one of Whitewater Challengers first river guides, Kerron Barnes, still guides trips down the Lehigh almost every weekend during the summer months. With Kerron was where our famous line, “Do you want to be a river guide?” came from. Kerron’s favorite part about guiding is, “Being the means for many people to enjoy a river trip they generally couldn’t do on their own.” Being in the hands of a professional river guide gives each guest a spectacular experience with proper guidance, equipment and direction.
Guiding for Whitewater Challengers
Not ready to give up your career to be a river guide? Good, Whitewater Challengers doesn’t want you to. Our river guides are writers, photographers, teachers, doctors, engineers, geologists, students, and so many more that we can’t possibly mention them all here. Work as a Lehigh River guide for a fun supplemental income in the spring, summer and fall. It’s an opportunity to get on the river in a kayak, sit on top, or inflatable kayak and paddle the Lehigh River on weekends. The busiest weekends of course are the Premier Whitewater Rafting Dam Release dates…you don’t want to miss these!
There are also guiding opportunities in New York State…for more information about NY guide requirements contact our New York Rafting Centers directly.
Our guides are ready to give you the best rafting experience on the Lehigh River. Book now online or call 800-443-8554.
Do you enjoy spending time in the outdoors? Nestled in between the historic town of Jim Thorpe, PA and the Francis E. Walter dam in the Pocono Mountain Region is the Lehigh Gorge State Park. Abundant in natural history and scenic views, the Lehigh Gorge State Park, won’t disappoint if you are looking for a day outside.
Carved by the Lehigh River the gorge has deep rock walls filled with vegetation, rock outcroppings, and waterfalls. Nature is astounding when you take the time to breathe in the fresh air and open your eyes to your surroundings. Whether you are looking for a recreational activity, a local history lesson or a challenging day hike we’ve got the spot for you.
Recreational Activities in the Lehigh Gorge State Park
Most activities in the park are seasonal, but the trails are open year round to those interested in cross-country skiing or snowmobiling. In the spring, summer and fall you can enjoy the following outdoor activities:
You can visit the State Park on your own or choose a river outfitter or a tour guide for your activities. Park maps are available on the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) website.
Learning the History of the State Park
In the 1830’s the Lehigh Gorge State Park looked nothing like the serene picturesque views you will encounter today. Logging and coals industries were widespread in Northeast Pennsylvania and the river for transportation of material.
A system of extravagant locks and canals were built in the 1830’s and the section of the river between White Haven and Jim Thorpe became known as the Upper Grand Section of the Lehigh Canal. With 20 dams and 29 locks within 26 miles the transportation of goods down river became more convenient.
A severe storm in 1862 destroyed the canal system it was never rebuilt. You can see remnants of the old locks and dams as you hike or bike the Lehigh Gorge Trail or as you boat the Lehigh River.
Railroads through Jim Thorpe
New railroad technology replaced water transportation as the most efficient way to transport goods through the Lehigh River Gorge. As you explore the Lehigh Gorge State Park you will frequently see passing trains, now used for commercial transportation as well as a scenic train ride for tourists visiting Jim Thorpe and surrounding areas.
Hiking Trails In and Near the Lehigh Gorge
Glen Onoko Falls
One of the best hikes near the Lehigh Gorge State Park is to Glen Onoko Falls. Although the falls are not in the park, rather the neighboring Pennsylvania Game Lands this is one of the most popular regional hikes accessed through the State Park. This is a natural area that possesses natural hazards like steep and treacherous terrain and fast moving water. Take precautions, not risks, and you will be rewarded with breath taking views of waterfalls and wildlife.
Be sure to stay on the trails for safety as well as preserving these natural areas.
Bald Mountain Tract
A recent addition to the Lehigh Gorge State Park is the Bald Mountain Tract. Old gravel roads serve as trails on this property. Scenic hikes to mountain vistas offer views of the Lehigh River Gorge from 600 feet above. The trail head and trails on the tract are unmarked and recommended for experienced hikers only. Topographical maps, compass, and the appropriate hiking gear are needed if you want to explore this area.
Hickory Run and Nescopeck State Park
Hickory Run State Park and Nescopeck State Park are neighboring natural areas that offer even more outdoor activities. Hickory Run State Park near White Haven offers more hiking opportunities in addition to fishing, boating, camping, wildlife watching and swimming.
The areas between White Haven and Jim Thorpe offer abundant natural resources and spectacular views, perfect for spending time in the great outdoors.
If you are looking for something to do or places to stay near Lehigh Gorge State Park Whitewater Challengers has a 25+ acre campground with warm showers, bathroom facilities, recreation fields, dining services and a camp store. Whitewater Challengers also hosts a variety of outdoor activities. Call 800-443-8554 for more information or to talk to our river experts about what the Jim Thorpe and White Haven areas have to offer.
For Whitewater Challengers customer service and guest satisfaction are our top priorities for all three of our premier whitewater rafting locations in PA & NY. Many of our guests return year after year for another great whitewater adventure. One of our loyal guests, Paul B. recently shared some images from his Lehigh River rafting trip in 2015. He is already planning his trip and organizing his group for this summer!
Vacation Away From NJ
Paul owns a vacation home near Shawnee Inn in the Poconos, PA which is located about an hour from Whitewater Challengers rafting center in Weatherly, PA. Every year for the past 8 years Paul has organized a trip for the guys on the Lehigh.
“I take up to 8 friends every year for a “guys” weekend beginning on a Friday night, spending all day on your river and then returning home to NJ on Sunday. Saturday [Whitewater Challengers] trips have been a great success for the newbies and veterans every year. We always do a dam release weekend in July. Every year is better than the last. We begin taunting each other in January about who’s gonna get wetter. ” -Paul B.
Paul’s group goes all out with water cannons, coordinating t-shirts and team bandannas. Recording the trip with a GoPro rigged to the raft and capturing memories with souvenir photos have become part of the tradition.
Why Whitewater Challengers?
In the beginning, Paul tried other outfitters, but always came back to Whitewater Challengers. Why?
- Whitewater Challengers is great!
- Making reservations is easy.
- River guides are friendly.
- The rafting center is organized.
- The river is conveniently located to the rafting center – which means a short shuttle back at the end of the day.
- Always a great time!
Every July when Paul and the guys return to the Lehigh River for their next adventure they always seem to luck out with the perfect sunny weather. Rain or shine on the Lehigh River, especially on our exciting dam release weekends you are sure to have a blast.
If you want to organize your own weekend getaway with friends call us now at 800-443-8554 to get spaces reserved. Or book online at whitewaterchallengers.com.
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