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Discover Jim Thorpe

Aerial view of downlown Jim Thorpe, PA

Jim Thorpe Borough is the county seat of Carbon County with a population of 4,781 people. Referred to as the “Switzerland of America” because of its picturesque scenery and mountainous location and architecture, Jim Thorpe is a popular tourist attraction and also the “Gateway to the Poconos.”

Founded as Mauch Chunk in 1818, its name was derived from the term “bear mountain” as its local mountain resembled a sleeping bear. The town was founded by Josiah White, founder of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company, and it rapidly became a railroad and coal-shipping center. It was later renamed for renowned athlete and Olympic Medal winner, Jim Thorpe, after his death in 1953.

Plan Your Visit

Jim Thorpe is home to various small businesses, quaint shoppes, fabulous restaurants, historical landmarks and other tourist attractions like the Jim Thorpe Memorial, the Harry Packer Mansion, the Asa Packer Mansion, the Mauch Chunk Train Station and the Mauch Chunk Museum, just to name a few.

There is plenty of fun in store for you in Jim Thorpe, PA! Check out the Quick Links below for town information, hot deals, events and more!

What to expect this Fall in Jim Thorpe

Every Fall our beautiful scenic town gets thousands of visitors from all over the country! It has been a trying time personally, locally, regionally, and nationally for all of us! The stress of 2020 continue to add up.
As the Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency SAFTEY is our main concern!

Our Traditional Fall Foliage Festival is cancelled this year.
Our businesses are open, and the foliage is still breathtaking.
We want to be sure we are informing our visitors the best we can so you know what to expect when visiting Jim Thorpe!

Due to all the unknowns around COVID-19, the JTTA has decided to CANCEL Fall Festival 2020.
We encourage you to support our local merchants and restaurants by patronizing them this Fall.

*At this time our restaurants are operating at 25% capacity.
Be sure to pack snacks and drinks when visiting town. 

*The JTTA will NOT organize any craft or food vendors in Josiah White Park (at the Visitor’s Center/Train Station).

*The JTTA will NOT provide satellite parking at Mauch Chunk Lake or shuttle bus service. Please note that parking is limited.

For the safety of all, we strongly encourage visitors and residents to practice the necessary safety precautions identified by the CDC and PA Department of Health. Continue to wear masks whenever you are unable to keep 6’ distance between others. Follow the specific requirements posted by individual merchants and restaurants.
Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer frequently.

If you plan to visit Jim Thorpe this Fall, please be patient! Parking is always a premium in Jim Thorpe. Public parking will be available at the Carbon County Municipal Parking Lot (2 Susquehanna Avenue, Jim Thorpe). The maximum capacity of the parking lot is approximately 400 cars. If you are visiting this Fall, we strongly suggest that you come early and stay late to avoid the normal Fall traffic congestion.

Jim Thorpe Quick Links

Jim Thorpe Visitors Center at the Mauch Chunk Train Station

You can also feel free to contact or visit the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau's Visitors Center at the Old Mauch Chunk Train Station for more information:

2 Susquehanna Street, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229 | Call: 570-325-3673
Hours: Sunday to Saturday 9:30am to 5:30pm


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Still want to know more about Jim Thorpe? Visit their official Jim Thorpe website for additional information about this charming and fun, historic town.


Plan your visit to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania by searching our Jim Thorpe Business Directory below to find local businesses, restaurants, quaint shoppes, entertainment & historical attractions, accommodations and more!


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