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Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
|Park Overview:|| |
The largest recreation area in the eastern United States. Hiking along the Kittatinny Ridge on the Appalachian Trail, with many feeder trails.
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path, X-C skiing|
|Dogs:||Dogs on leash|
|Trail Miles:||54.25 miles|
|Park Acreage:||70000 acres|
|Bushkill [Northampton |
|Buy Trail Map:||Kittatinny Trails Map|
|Buy Book:||Kittatinny Trails - Hiking Guide Book |
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
|Park Description:|| |
ALERT, Sept. 9, 2013: We lost our bid to protect the DWG from powerline construction and work has begun. Before heading out on your outing, check the construction schedule: Info about the construction schedule is to be posted at http://www.nps.gov/dewa/parkmgmt/power-line-updates.htm and http://www.pseg.com/family/pseandg/powerline/pdf/SRConstruction-Schedule.pdf. The first link to the NPS page also has a section to road and trail closures not related to powerlilne construction (and mostly due to Harricane Sandy).
Archeological evidence indicates that Native Americans came to the Delaware River Valley almost ten thousand years ago. The first tourists came to the Gap around 1830 to marvel at its rocky crags, forested slopes, and winding river. Currently the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area preserves 40 miles of the middle Delaware River and almost 70,000 acres of land along the river's New Jersey and Pennsylvania shores - the largest recreation area in the eastern U.S. At the south end of the park, the river cuts eastward through the Appalachian Mountains at the scenic Delaware Water Gap.
See also Worthington State Forest which is located within the boundaries of the National Recreation Area but administered separately by the State of New Jersey.
|Trails Overview:|| |
The Delaware Water Gap area begins at the last exit on I-80 [Millbook/Flatbrookville] in New Jersey. Further north, there are numerous trailheads and places to visit along the 40-mile stretch of the recreation area. To reach the Pennsylvania side, cross over the river on I-80, stay to the right, and, just after the toll, take Exit 310. Click on the park's web site under Contact Information below for directions and maps -- use the "Directions" or "Plan Your Visit" link.
|Contact Information:||National Park Service, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area |
|Fees:||Some times and places; check with park|