Other Adventures Near the Lehigh River
Disc Golf combines a favorite recreational pastime – frisbee throwing – with one of the world’s great sports – golf. Enjoy 18 holes of disc golf, free shuttle from the rafting center in Weatherly, PA, and a personable instructor. Playing time is approximately 90 minutes. Learn more about how to play disc golf and what to wear. Playing field is located nearby at Hickory Run State Park in the Poconos Mountains, PA.
Available daily from May – October 9, except dam release Saturdays
Minimum Group Size: At least 10 participants are required for a Disc Golf match. For groups with less than 10, we will assist you in selecting a date when others have already reserved.
Minimum Age: 8, with adult.
Adult = $20.00/person
Youth (under 17 years of age) = $14.00
Lost Disc Fee: $10 charge for any disc not returned at the end of the match.
Sit-On-Top Kayaking Clinics
An alternative to our regular whitewater Kayaking Clinics on the Lehigh River. Some guests prefer the easier sit-on-top format. This way you can learn all the essentials of whitewater kayaking, without the “strapped-in” feeling of the a regular whitewater kayak. Call for details!
Panning and Fossils
Everyone- young and old- will love the excitement of finding beautiful gemstones and fossils in what appears to be a bag of dirt. This activity is available at the Whitewater Challengers Rafting Center in Weatherly, PA.
3 easy steps to panning…
- Purchase, in our camp store, a bag of “mining rough” enriched with gems or fossils from around the world…no two bags are alike!
- Pour some of the mining rough in a screen-bottom box,
- Dip the box in our sluice and watch the gems and fossils appear as the water washes the soil away. You can take home your precious keepsakes to remind you of your treasure-hunting experience at Whitewater Challengers.
Hickory Run State Park
Less than a half hour from Whitewater Challengers Rafting Center and Campground is one of the premiere (and most popular) state parks in Pennsylvania. Hickory Run is home to one of the most elaborate hiking trail systems in the Commonwealth. Mapped in intricate detail, more than 40 interconnecting trails lead to a variety of impressive overlooks and special geological features of the Pocono Mountains. Wildlife abounds, and depending on the season, you may be witness to an explosion of natural color. Acres of mountain laurel and rhododendron bloom in the Spring, and Autumn offers its own special rainbow of fall foliage in the Poconos.
Boulder Field is a popular destination in the park. Unchanged since glaciers receded from the area 20,000 years ago, this area is striking for its absence of vegetation, and for the sea of boulders strewn like a lake over a massive area. You can walk out onto the “sea” of boulders, some up to 25 feet in length. If you request it in advance (570-443-0400) a Hickory Run State Park naturalist can meet with your group.
Not far from the geological gem, you’ll find a lake, together with a beautiful sand beach, which is open for swimming from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. There is a refreshment stand nearby, as well as large recreation fields and orienteering.
Picnicking is popular at the park, especially near the lake and recreation areas, where hundreds of tables are available.
And for angling enthusiasts, there are a number of unique opportunities throughout the park. Streams like Fourth Run and Sand Spring are stocked with brook and brown trout, making for excellent fishing. Mud Run is a delayed harvest, artificial-lure-only stream, part of which is designated catch-and-release-only.
Lehigh Gorge State Park
Just a couple of minutes from Whitewater Challengers Rafting Center and Campground, the Lehigh Gorge State Park provides one of the Commonwealth’s premier bicycling trails, with over 25 miles of gentle (2%) downhill grade when starting in White Haven and biking towards Jim Thorpe, PA. Each year, thousands of visitors enjoy trail biking here. The park is also home to wonderful hiking trails and fishing opportunities. Need a shuttle or a rental bike? Read more about our Trail Bike rental and shuttle in the Poconos, PA.
Mountain Laurel Golf Club is a brief 10 minute drive from Whitewater Challengers Rafting Center and Campground. Located just outside White Haven, PA in the Pocono Mountains. This club offers a natural grass driving range and a short-game area that has a putting green, chipping area and bunker.
The Galleria at Split Rock Resort is only about 20 minutes from Whitewater Challengers Rafting Center and Campground. Bring the whole family or a few friends for a fun-filled round of miniature golf in the scenic Pocono Mountains.
Hiking can be enjoyed right at Whitewater Challengers Campground. Or, if you prefer a marked trail or more of a variety you can check out Hickory Run State Park or Lehigh Gorge State Park. Both are located near White Haven, PA in the Pocono Mountain Region.
Whitewater Challengers provides its own bike shuttle and rental service to the Lehigh Gorge State Park where you can enjoy 9 mile, 13.5 mile, or 22.5 mile trips. Bring your own bike or rent one here! Visit our Trail Biking in the Poconos page for rates and details about biking in the Lehigh Gorge State Park.
Eckley Miners Village in Weathlery, PA
Eckley Miners Village is a living history site dedicated to the lives of the immigrants who toiled in the coal fields at the height of the anthracite boom. Eckley Miners’ Village, surrounded by black-silt ponds and strip-mining pits, is alive with the unique heritage of the anthracite region just west of the Pocono Mountain Region of PA. Settled in 1854, the community remained a privately owned company “patch” town until 1971. Now a National Register District, Eckley is home to more than fifty residents – retired miners, their widows and children. Its 58 buildings, 100 acres, furnishings and exhibits preserve the everyday life of the coal miner and his family.
Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour in Scranton, PA
Explore 300 feet beneath the earth. Meet a miner in the winding caverns of the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour. Travel down three different veins of hard coal and see for yourself how men slaved on hands and knees to harvest black diamonds. Learn about life and hard-coal times in the Shifting Shanty. Enjoy photo-mural exhibits, mining artifacts, tools, and video presentations. Visit the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum and the Company Store Gift Shoppe.
For avid anglers, check out these great locations: Hickory Run State Park, Lehigh Gorge State Park, the Lehigh River and The Fishing Hole (catch and release). Pennsylvania fishing licenses are required.