June 27, 2016
While it is easily possible to spend your entire Pocono vacation on the Skytop Estate and never get bored, there are some amazing things to do in the Poconos outside of Skytop as well. Due to our convenient location, guests can take a day trip to nearly anywhere in the Pocono Mountains and make it back to Skytop in time for an evening drink in the Tap Room. One of the most popular things to do in the Poconos, among both locals and visitors, is to take a ride on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway.
Excursions on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway leave from historic Jim Thorpe station in scenic Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. Located just an hour south of Skytop Lodge, Jim Thorpe is a picturesque town on the banks of the Lehigh River. With Victorian-style homes and buildings, a walkable downtown area and beautiful mountain scenery, Jim Thorpe is a great destination for a day trip during your stay at Skytop Lodge. The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway has been running trains from Jim Thorpe to the Lehigh Gorge State Park since 2005. Trains run on the weekends through June and then most days throughout July and August. A full schedule can be found on the railway’s website.
Find yourself stepping back in time on one of the vintage railroad coach cars, some of which were built as early as 1917. Though the cars may be vintage, the railway is often adding features and events to enhance the experience for all riders. One such addition is a new caboose available for rent. If you have always wanted to wave goodbye to the train station over the caboose railing, here is your chance. The new caboose is able to accommodate up to six riders—just enough room for friends or family members to enjoy a private trip on the train.
After a relaxing train ride through the stunning Lehigh Gorge State Park, return to luxury accommodations at the top of the Poconos. Surrounded by 5,500 acres of breathtaking scenery, Skytop Lodge is the premier place to stay in the Pocono Mountains. Come explore the natural beauty and wide array of things to do in the Poconos this summer at Skytop Lodge. Contact us to book your next escape today.