Take A Hike! Attic Employee’s Favorite Lehigh Valley Hiking Hotspots


Now that the sweltering heat and humidity have seemingly left Eastern Pennsylvania, it is the perfect time to venture outdoors and discover all of the wonderful sites Pennsylvania has to offer!  Luckily for you, there are TONS of fun-filled parks, trails, natural oddities, and scenic views close by to Attic locations!  So after you’re done shopping, slip on your hiking boots and get out and play!

Having lived in the Lehigh Valley all my life, I’ve been fortunate enough to climb, hike, run, and swim through all the local hotspots in the area!  Below you’ll find a few of my favorite spots to enjoy the great outdoors…for FREE!

1:  Glen Onoko (Lehigh Gorge State Park)- Glen Onoko is a naturally occurring system of waterfalls located right outside of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. During high school and college, my friends would always come up here and climb the waterfalls and trails located right next to the falls.  It’s super fun and wonderful to visit on a hot day! And if you make it to the top, you’re awarded with an stunningly beautiful view of the Appalachian mountains! And if hiking isn’t your thing, the Lehigh River runs right through the park, so bring your swimming trunks and inner tubes! http://www.wildlandspa.org/lrwt/glenonoko_info.html

Caption: My friend, Kevin, perched at the edge of the top waterfall. Look at that view!

View of a series of waterfalls.

50ft waterfall! (That’s me sitting in the lower left-hand quarter!)

2: Ringing Rocks Park- Ringing Rocks is truly an amazing place!  It is located in Upper Black Eddy, Pa.  Here one is met with an enormous boulder field whose origin has baffled geologists for years.  Okay, I know, I know…a field of rocks?  Sounds a bit boring, I’ll admit.  But here’s the catch:  BRING A HAMMER!  Go on, just trust me!  When hit the right way with a hammer, the rocks sound like bells!  Check out the website for some awesome videos if you still don’t believe me!   http://www.davidhanauer.com/buckscounty/ringingrocks/

image taken from the Ringing Rocks Park website

3: Appalachian Trail- In case you aren’t aware, the Appalachian Trail is one of the longest trail systems in the entire country!  It stretches all the way from Maine to Georgia with a good-sized section running straight through Pennsylvania!  It is one of my favorite places to just get out and bum around for a bit.  Over the summer, my friend Kevin and I took a few days and hiked near the access point near Stroudsburg, Pa.  If that’s a bit too far out of your way, you can find access points all along the Lehigh, Northampton, and Berks areas!  http://www.appalachiantrail.org/

View from “Mount Minsi.” It’s the Delaware River with Pennsylvania and New Jersey on either side.

My friend, Kevin (right), and I (left) at “Mount Minsi.”


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