Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

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Delaware Water Gap NRA (Mt. Tammany)

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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
City/County/
State:
Bushkill [Northampton
County, PA]/Sussex/NJ
Buy Trail Map:Kittatinny Trails Map
Buy Book:Kittatinny Trails - Hiking Guide Book

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 Appalachian Trail is the centerpiece of the trail system in the New Jersey section of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Most of the other trails connect with and provides access to the Appalachian Tail, and some of them can be combined to form loop hikes. In addition the park also offers a network of unmarked woods roads. The ones that surround Blue Mountain Lake are said to offer the best cross-country skiing in the state.
  • In Pennsylvania, the Appalachian Trail extends south from the village of Delaware Water Gap, from which a four-mile loop hike is possible on the Mt. Minsi Fire Road [no bikes]. Sections of the Joseph M. McDade Recreational Trail are in place which when fully connected, will extend 37 miles along the Pennsylvania side of Delaware River [check trail map link below for status reports].
  • For trail maps, click on the park's web site below under Contact Information, follow the "Directions" link.

 

Directions:

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
570-426-2452
Region:Kittatinnies
Fees:Some times and places; check with park