A deep gorge with steep walls, thick vegetation, rock outcroppings and several waterfalls characterize Lehigh Gorge State Park. The 4,548-acre park follows the Lehigh River from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Francis E. Walter Dam to the north, to Jim Thorpe at the southern end. The towering 800-foot Gorge was carved into the plateau by the Lehigh River. It is a designated state scenic river and the lure for many outdoor lovers. Paddlers travel here for the whitewater, and the bucking-bronco sensation that comes when barreling over Class II and III rapids and navigating down a swift-moving river. Bicyclists come for the uninterrupted 26 mile trail that travels downhill from White Haven to Jim Thorpe along the Lehigh.