Out of the Bubble: Scenic hiking trails near Lehigh

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With cooler weather approaching, time is running out to visit outdoor attractions in the Greater Lehigh Valley. Check out this list of hiking trails to visit in the area:

Glen Onoko

The first level waterfall at Glen Onoko is accessible after a short hike in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. (Nadine Elsayed / B&W photo)

The first level waterfall at Glen Onoko is accessible after a short hike in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. (Nadine Elsayed / B&W photo)

Jim Thorpe’s Glen Onoko boasts a scenic hiking trail with multiple waterfalls. The 2.7 mile loop is rated difficult, but the view at the top is something out of a magazine. At the third level of the trail, you can step right into the waterfall. Use caution when walking down, however, since the rocks can be slippery.

Difficulty: Hard

Distance: One-hour-drive from Lehigh

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Bake Oven Knob

The Oven Bake Knob hiking spot displays graffiti and beautiful scenery in Germansville, Pennsylvania. (Nadine Elsayed / B&W photo)

The Bake Oven Knob hiking spot displays graffiti and beautiful scenery in Germansville, Pennsylvania. (Nadine Elsayed / B&W photo)

About 20 miles northwest of Allentown, the Bake Oven Knob lookout gives the Lehigh Lookout a run for its money. After hiking a short section of the Appalachian Trail, the view at the lookout consists of endless fields and a stretching horizon. Take some time to read the spray-painted boulders (adding to the artwork is not recommended) and enjoy the sights.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Distance: 42-minute-drive from Lehigh

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The Bethlehem Star

The Bethlehem Star glows at night atop of South Mountain. (Courtesy of Eric Adams)

The Bethlehem Star glows at night atop of South Mountain. (Courtesy of Eric Adams)

Not to be forgotten, the 91-foot-tall Bethlehem Star glows daily at the top of South Mountain. A short trek from the Sayre Lodge, the opening at the Star first gives way to a landing of trees and then a view of the Christmas City below.

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 15-minute-walk from Sayre Lodge

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Mount Tammany

The view from Mt. Tammany on the first level shows Mt. Minsi and the Delaware River Gap, near Blue Mountain. (Nadine Elsayed / B&W photo)

The view from Mt. Tammany on the first level shows Mt. Minsi and the Delaware River Gap, near Blue Mountain. (Nadine Elsayed / B&W photo)

Possibly the most scenic hike of the Pocono Mountains, Mt. Tammany is a great trail for any level experience hiker. The 3.4 mile loop ends in two places, both of which offer breathtaking views of the Delaware Water Gap. The Fall brings colorful views as the scenery changes from green to red and orange tones.

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 46-minute-drive from Lehigh

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Peace Rock

The 35-foot-tall Peace Rock boasts colorful graffiti near Port Clinton, Pennsylvania. (Nadine Elsayed / B&W photo)

The 35-foot-tall Peace Rock boasts colorful graffiti near Port Clinton, Pennsylvania. (Nadine Elsayed / B&W photo)

This 35-foot-tall cliff gets its name from the large colorful peace signs spray-painted on the side. Less than an hour away, the cliff is a great backdrop to a nice swim under the warm sun. Although jumping off the cliff isn’t recommended, there are rope swings attached to a few trees that are great for a splash.

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 40-minute-drive from Lehigh

For more information visit this website.

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