About Jim Thorpe
Originally founded in 1818 as Mauch Chunk, the borough of Jim Thorpe was renamed in the 1950's to honor one of America's greatest athletes, merging with the former East Mauch Chunk, just across the Lehigh River Gorge. Jim Thorpe has been designated as one of America's Most Beautiful Small Towns for several years. The borough is located less than 45 minutes north of Allentown, just off exit 74 from the I-476 Turnpike Extension.
From hiking or biking through the Poconos, to taking a trip on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, every season offers visitors a chance to view the beauty of nature in and around Jim Thorpe. Mauch Chunk Lake Park, located 5 minutes from our guesthouses, offers facilities for picnicking, swimming, hiking, biking, and fishing.
For those seeking nonstop adrenaline rushes, make sure to check out all of the whitewater rafting and biking opportunities, located in downtown Jim Thorpe, a 10 minute walk from our guesthouse. You'll be able to rent almost any equipment necessary to make your trip to Jim Thorpe one of the most memorable.
Interested in reliving the history of Jim Thorpe with a tour through the Asa Packer Mansion or the Old Jail Museum? Jim Thorpe offers a plethora of historical and educational opportunities for your entire group. Ghost Tours and Sidecar Tours are also a great way to see more of the history and legends that comprise Jim Thorpe.
Several of the historical sites and tours are seasonal, but there are always several opportunities to discovery the history that lies just beneath Jim Thorpe.
*The Old Jail Museum is right across the street from two of our guesthouses!
Got a favorite tribute or little known but well respected band? Chances are they may be playing at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. The Opera House also hosts the annual PA Burlesque Fest, and the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center hosts the annual Jim Thorpe Film Festival.
Coming to Penn's Peak for a big concert, but need a place to stay? Our guesthouses are less than 15 minutes away!