The Lehigh River
White Haven, Pennsylvania
The Lehigh Classic takes place on the same weekend as the Lehigh RiverFest at Whitewater Challengers, 5 minutes away from Rockport. After participants of the Lehigh Classic reach Rockport, there is ample time to unwind shuttle and meet at the Lehigh RiverFest where the awards ceremony is hosted at 5 pm. The address is 288 North Stagecoach Rd. Weatherly, PA.
RiverFest admission is free. Food and beer are available, and there will be live music, family-friendly activities, as well as assorted craft/art and outdoor equipment vendors. Camping is available for $20, which includes both Friday and Saturday night, as well as breakfast on Saturday morning. Pets are permitted, and alcohol is allowed, in moderation. Whitewater Challengers also has rustic bunkhouses for rent and offers rafting trips and bike rentals.
- Sandy Valley Campground, located 10 minutes from the put-in, allows alcohol and pets. They offer car and RV camping, and have cabin rentals.
- Hickory Run State Park has state park style car camping and cabin rentals. No alcohol is allowed. The camping area is 10 minutes from the put-in.
- The Inn at Hickory Run is a bed & breakfast very conveniently located.
- The Comfort Inn – Pocono Mountain is 10 minutes away.
- Holiday Inn, White Haven – Lake Harmony is 10 minutes away.
Restaurants and Food:
White Haven has many food options, including a food market in the strip mall in town on the road to the put-in. The White Haven diner is a popular breakfast place in town, as well as the White Haven bakery. Renee’s Cold Cuts serves great hoagies for lunch and Antonio’s Pizza and Wood’s Ice Cream are good choices. Capone’s Bar and Grill and Four Fella’s nearby serve bar and pub fare. Fine dining is available at the Feed Mill and the Powerhouse Eatery.
The Lehigh RiverFest at Whitewater Challengers also has a variety of food vendors, beer and a made to order food counter.
Driving: The upper Lehigh River is located in Northeastern Pennsylvania most commonly accessed off of Route 80, Pennsylvania exit 273, “Freeland, White Haven”.
Flying: White Haven is 30 minutes from Wilkes-Barre- Scranton International Airport; 1 hour from Allentown – Bethlehem – Easton International Airport; and 1.5 hours from Harrisburg, Newark or Philadelphia International Airports.
Train/Bus Service: Martz offers bus service from Philadelphia to Blakeslee, PA about 20 minutes from White Haven.