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305 mi 490 km of trail 13 Featured Runs

Gems 6 Gems Easy Trails 48 Trails Intermediate Trails 26 Trails Hard Trails 1 Trail

Straddling the border of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area offers a relaxing retreat from the urban bustle of New York City, Philadelphia, and beyond. Enjoy taking in views from various ridgelines, splash downriver in a kayak or canoe, or fly fish for the day's catch. No matter how you choose to unwind or recreate, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area offers an outlet for you.

To learn more about the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
Facility hours vary by season. Visit the park's website for more information on current operating hours.
  • Park Headquarters: Monday-Friday: 8 am to 4:30 pm. Open daily year round. Closed on federal holidays
  • Dingmans Falls: Hours vary by season. Open spring - autumn
  • Kittatinny Point: Hours vary by season. Open spring - autumn
  • Millbrook Village: Hours vary by season. Open spring - autumn

Visiting Tips

The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are some facilities and amenities that may not be available year-round, and roads are subject to closure. Check here for more information on closures.

Fees & Passes:
There is no fee to enter the recreation area, however Expanded Amenity Fees are charged at various location between April and October. The following areas are subject to Expanded Amenity Fees:
  • Milford Beach (Pennsylvania)
  • Dingmans Access (Pennsylvania)
  • Bushkill Access (Pennsylvania)
  • Smithfield Beach (Pennsylvania)
  • Watergate Recreation Site (New Jersey)
  • Turtle Beach (New Jersey)

Expanded Amenity Fees are not covered by America the Beautiful Annual Passes. More information about fees and passes can be found here.

Camping & Lodging

Camping:
The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area operates a variety of developed campgrounds available for visitors. Camping is only permitted in designated areas. Campgrounds may close during winter months, so be sure to check for availability.

  • Dingmans Campground: Rates subject to change. Open April through October. Group sites and river sites available. Reservations are recommended.
  • Mohican Outdoor Center: Rates subject to change. Open year round. Group sites are available. Reservations are recommended.
  • Worthington State Forest Campground: Rates are subject to change. Group sites are available. Reservations are recommended.

Special Use Camping:
  • Backcountry camping is limited to thru-hikers of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. These sites are also limited to those travelers committed to extended trips. Overnight campgrounds are available for all other visitors.
  • River Camping is available free of charge at a variety of locations along the water. Stays are limited to one night. See the complete list of regulations for more information.

Lodging:
The only lodging within the park is available at the Mohican Outdoor Center. Cabin style lodging with bunk space is offered along the Appalachian Trail. Click here for more information. More lodging is available outside of the park in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Food & Drink

While there are not concessionaires that operate within the park, there are a variety of dining options located outside of the park in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Guided Tours:
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area offers a variety of ranger and volunteer-led tours and talks. These programs vary by season. All programs, unless otherwise specified are free and open to the public. View the events calendar for more information.

Other Activities

Located conveniently near major metropolitain areas, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is suited for a variety of activities. Many choose to explore the park on foot, but there are countless options for getting a new perspective on this scenic area. Swimming and paddle sports are a great way to take advantage of the extensive waterways located within the park. Fishing and hunting are other ways to explore portions of the park, though a valid New Jersey or Pennsylvania license is required. Even taking a drive through this park is treat. Visit the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area website for more information on all of the activities that are offered within the park.

Maps & Guidebooks

For a variety of brochures and resources to help plan your trip, click here.

Areas Within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Gems in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area - 6

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Favorite The Delaware Water Gap comes alive in the autumn. Interstate 80 (seen below and on the left side of the Delaware River) puts drivers right in the action.

Mt. Tammany Summit

3.4 mi 5.5 km • Point to Point • 1,151 ft Ascent 350.73 m Ascent

Singletrack Stroudsburg, PA

( 78 )
Favorite The Tammany Loop is extremely popular for the excellent views of the Delaware Water Gap and rightfully so, but there is natural beauty to be found throughout as well.

Sunfish Pond via Mt. Tammany Fire Road

10.9 mi 17.5 km • Loop • 1,479 ft Ascent 450.88 m Ascent

Singletrack Stroudsburg, PA

( 14 )
Favorite A winter view of Buttermilk Falls in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Buttermilk Falls, Crater Lake, and Hemlock Pond Loop

7.2 mi 11.6 km • Loop • 1,301 ft Ascent 396.67 m Ascent

Singletrack Crandon Lakes, NJ

( 13 )
Favorite One of many wonderful views along Cliff Park Trail, which overlooks the Delaware River into New Jersey.

Best of Cliff Park and Raymondskill Falls

6.2 mi 9.9 km • Loop • 1,095 ft Ascent 333.81 m Ascent

Singletrack Milford, PA

( 9 )
Favorite Indian Ladder Falls PA

Hornbecks Creek Trail

2.1 mi 3.5 km • Loop • 96 ft Ascent 29.31 m Ascent

Singletrack Pocono Ranch Lands, PA

( 2 )
Favorite Reflections.

Two Ponds Loop

1.5 mi 2.5 km • Point to Point • 110 ft Ascent 33.39 m Ascent

Singletrack Pocono Ranch Lands, PA

( 2 )
Favorite When you have to use a fire road as part of a hiking route, might as well make the the Mt Minsi version in the Delaware Water Gap NRA

Mount Minsi Loop

5.2 mi 8.3 km • Loop • 1,021 ft Ascent 311.1 m Ascent

Singletrack Stroudsburg, PA

( 6 )
Favorite Crater Lake: A remarkable glacial body of water that makes all seem right with the world.

Crater Lake and Hemlock Pond

3.2 mi 5.1 km • Loop • 392 ft Ascent 119.53 m Ascent

Singletrack Crandon Lakes, NJ

( 6 )

Trails in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area - 62

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4.1 mi 6.6 km #1 Mt. Tammany Fire Road
Belvidere, NJ
4.1 mi 6.6 km Belvidere, NJ
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0.6 mi 1.0 km #2 Stoll Trail
Crandon Lakes, NJ
0.6 mi 1.0 km Crandon Lakes, NJ
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1.5 mi 2.4 km #3 Buttermilk Falls Trail
Crandon Lakes, NJ
1.5 mi 2.4 km Crandon Lakes, NJ
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159.8 mi 257.1 km #4 AT: New York-New Jersey Section
Stroudsburg, PA
159.8 mi 257.1 km Stroudsburg, PA
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0.4 mi 0.6 km #5 Dingmans Creek Trail
Birchwood Lakes, PA
0.4 mi 0.6 km Birchwood Lakes, PA
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1.2 mi 2.0 km #6 Red Dot Trail
Stroudsburg, PA
1.2 mi 2.0 km Stroudsburg, PA
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0.8 mi 1.3 km #7 George W. Childs Park Trail
Birchwood Lakes, PA
0.8 mi 1.3 km Birchwood Lakes, PA
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2.0 mi 3.2 km #8 Coppermine Trail
Hardwick, NJ
2.0 mi 3.2 km Hardwick, NJ
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2.9 mi 4.6 km #9 Tumbling Waters Trail
Pocono Ranch Lands, PA
2.9 mi 4.6 km Pocono Ranch Lands, PA
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1.7 mi 2.7 km #10 Van Campens Glen Trail
Hardwick, NJ
1.7 mi 2.7 km Hardwick, NJ
All Clear
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0.3 mi 0.5 km #11 Raymondskill Creek Trail
Milford, PA
0.3 mi 0.5 km Milford, PA
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1.8 mi 2.9 km #12 Blue Dot Trail
Stroudsburg, PA
1.8 mi 2.9 km Stroudsburg, PA
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9.0 mi 14.4 km #13 Conashaugh View Trail
Birchwood Lakes, PA
9.0 mi 14.4 km Birchwood Lakes, PA
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2.3 mi 3.7 km #14 Cliff Park Trail
Milford, PA
2.3 mi 3.7 km Milford, PA
All Clear
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Cliff Park Trail closed in parts with signs about nesting falcons
33 days ago
31.5 mi 50.7 km #15 McDade Recreational Trail
East Stroudsburg, PA
31.5 mi 50.7 km East Stroudsburg, PA
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1.2 mi 1.9 km #16 Garvey Springs Trail
Hardwick, NJ
1.2 mi 1.9 km Hardwick, NJ
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1.3 mi 2.1 km #17 Turquoise Trail
Hardwick, NJ
1.3 mi 2.1 km Hardwick, NJ
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0.9 mi 1.4 km #18 Crater Lake Trail
Crandon Lakes, NJ
0.9 mi 1.4 km Crandon Lakes, NJ
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2.5 mi 4.0 km #19 Rattlesnake Swamp Trail
Hardwick, NJ
2.5 mi 4.0 km Hardwick, NJ
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1.0 mi 1.6 km #20 Fossil Trail
Pocono Ranch Lands, PA
1.0 mi 1.6 km Pocono Ranch Lands, PA
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