Cliff Park and Hackers Falls

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

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Hike from scenic waterfalls to the eastern fringe of the Pocono Plateau along cliffs overlooking the Delaware River Valley.

41.2903, -74.8401

This is a fairly easy hike, mostly on old woods roads. With an elevation gain of only around 300 feet, you will be rewarded with outstanding views of the Delaware River, New Jersey and New York.

Begin the hike by crossing over Raymondskill Road to the Hackers Trailhead opposite the parking lot. Follow this trail with yellow circular markers on posts for a short distance to a split...

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August 05, 2017
Be careful where you park
Just as a note parking is not allowed anywhere on the roadway on raymondskill road. Unfortunately I learned this the hard way.
August 30, 2016
really great hike
Took this hike yesterday (8/29/16), and it was great.  There's a bit more up and down than is indicated in the writeup, but that was OK with me.  Once you pass Hacker's Falls, there seems to have been a bit of re-routing of the official trail, so that part of the description is out-dated.  At the parking lot at the pond, it really wasn't clear from the description (and there are definitely no obvious trail signs there to help you) which of the multiple choices of road/path to take.  Be sure to stay right in the parking lot, otherwise you'll end up in the neighboring golf course.  If you (like I did) end up there, just stay right and there's another path (obviously beaten by others who took the wrong turn) which brings you back to the east side of the pond.  Once you get to the Riverview Overlook, definitely take the un-blazed path further east rather than the official Cliff Path (although I took that on the way back), as you'll get a series of additional valley views.  As far as the Quarry Path goes, it's mentioned in the writeup that it descends, which means you have to do a quite steep re-ascent on the Milford Knob Path.  Frankly, unless you're looking for a little more exercise, you might as well skip this section, as there's really not much to see.  Better to just take the Cliff Path to its end at the overlook point down to Milford.
November 18, 2011
Storm damage closes portion of Rt. 209

A one-mile stretch of Rt. 209 in Pennsylvania between Dingmans Ferry and Milford has major damage that won't be repaired and reopened until late summer/fall 2012.  Currently, 7.5 miles of road are closed, preventing access to a number of trails, but it appears they will be allowing access to the trails that are along sections of road not impacted.

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