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National Canal Museum - Mauch Chunk Switchback Hike
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May 04, 2019 - Begins at 10:00 AM

Mauch Chunk Lake Park

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

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!