Join the D&L and historian Vince Hydro for an on-the-ground exploration of the fascinating history of the Mauch Chunk Switchback, once a vital rail link between local coal mines and the Lehigh Canal and also what’s considered to be America’s first rollercoaster. During a leisurely hike with several stops, you’ll encounter a replica rail car and tracks, walk along the original stone turnpike, and visit the farm where the Switchback’s mules were housed.
Length: 4 miles
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Parking: Mauch Chunk Lake Park (meet outside the park office), 625 Lentz Trail, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229.
Registration Required- please contact Loretta Susen at 610-923-3548 x221 or Loretta@nulldelawareandlehigh.org
Cost: D&L Members: Free; Non-Members: $10
Space is limited to 20 participants
Snacks will be provided. Bring a lunch (if desired) and water, comfortable and appropriate footwear, and your curiosity!