Day Trips: Ludington, Gorges State Park

Find three local attractions you can visit on about one tank of gas.

Want to get out of town and go for a trip, but looking to save money?

Try one of these three trips you can enjoy on just one tank of gas: Ludington Library in Bryn Mawr, the Thompson Bucks County Classic in Doylestown and Lehigh Gorge State Park in Carbon County.

Ludington Library

Address: 5 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr
Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday 

Summary: Founded in 1916, Ludington Library reopened on Saturday after being closed for more than two years. The newly expanded and renovated library includes a much larger children's department with separate sections for younger and older kids, new sections devoted to the library's most popular subject matter, a new elevator and two new meeting rooms—one fits up to 12 and contains a local history collection, and the other up to 120 and is the 1926 funded by Charles Ludington. There will soon be a used book salesroom in the basement. There is also some notable artwork, including a professionally restored bronze bust of Christopher Columbus atop a 7-ton marble plinth and a steel sculpture, "Beangold's Phoenix," made of metal salvaged from a burned-down barn originally built with steel from Phoenix Steel Works in Phoenixville. Lower Merion Library is the flagship library of Lower Merion and prior to its closing was the most used library in Montgomery County.


Thompson Bucks County Classic

Address: 1 W Court St, Doylestown
Hours: Begins 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 15
Admission: Free

Summary: The  is a two-day professional racing event that encompasses the Doylestown Arts Festival. Beginning at 10:30 am onSaturday, the New Hope to Doylestown Road Race has been designed to give race fans an intimate and exciting view of endurance sport at its very best. 150 professional riders will participate in this inaugural Pennsylvania race, which will end in downtown Doylestown.


Lehigh Gorge State Park

Address: Multiple access points in Carbon County
Admission: Free
Hours: Dawn to dusk

Summary:  The 6,107 acres of park land in Carbon County follow the Lehigh River from Francis E. Walter Dam in the north to Jim Thorpe in the south. The Lehigh Gorge Trail follows more than 20 miles of abandoned railroad grade along the river, providing opportunities for hiking, bicycling, sightseeing and photography. The trail is closed to motor vehicles. Parking areas are provided in White Haven, Rockport and Glen Onoko (outside of Jim Thorpe). Steep, treacherous terrain and fast-moving water make the gorge hazardous. Visitors should wear proper hiking shoes and be careful. Whitewater rafting is one of the most popular activities in the park.



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