Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

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40 mi 65 km

Hikes

279 mi 449 km

Trails
Gems
6 Gems

Easy Trails
38 Trails
Intermediate Trails
19 Trails
Hard Trails
1 Trails

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:
  • Private Vehicle: $7.00 per vehicle on weekdays
  • Private Vehicle: $10.00 per vehicle on Saturday-Sunday or holidays
  • Vehicles with 8 or more adults: $1.00 per person
  • Pedestrians (age 16+): $1.00

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 through-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.

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.

Maps & Guidebooks

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

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.

After the Hike: Local Favorites

Dale's Market Try any of there chickens. There just super great!!
Jumboland Old School. Liver & Onions with Bacon!
Hong Kong I The food is awesome here and the staff is friendly :-)
Yellow Cottage Deli & Bakery Delicious almond horns and fantastic donuts! Buy one get one free after 1pm!
Riviera Maya Love this place. I have been coming here since it was open and never had a bad experienced. Best food ever!
The Firehouse Bagel Company Best bagels sandwiches around. Great for a quick breakfast or a to-go lunch.
Victoria Diner Breakfast omelette hot and fresh
Pizzaro's Best pizza in the area. Garlic knots are great too!!!
Muller's Diner Food was good and portions were generous. Waitress was lacking though.
Dunkin' Donuts If you use the drive-through to make a big complicated order, you're a jerk.
The Chatterbox Drive-In Terrible experience. I parked in the middle of chatterbox now they won't let me take my car out anymore. I thought it was VIP parking.
1 State Route 15, Augusta NJ — (973) 300-2300
Cesco's Pizza Teeny tiny restaurant inside but they accept reservations and the food is excellent!
Hummingbird House Everything is always good here. The turkey panini is my favorite!!! The coffee cake is served warm and delicious.
Hainesville General Store Great place to grab lunch!! Always friendly service!
Villa Capri Pizza Great food friendly people just all round great
1 U.S. 206, Newton NJ — (973) 383-1777
Hayek's Market Has really good food.
1 Mill St, Newton NJ — (973) 383-1640
Dominick's Pizzeria Hands down, best Italian/pizza place in North Jersey. You're cheating yourself if you haven't eaten here.
10 E Clinton St, Newton NJ — (973) 383-9330
Shawnee General Store Awesome sandwiches
The Gem And Keystone You get a free beer if you show your Shawnee Mountain ski lift ticket.
Thai Nam Phet II The mussels are divine!
7 Woodside Ave, Newton NJ — (973) 383-6623

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.

Areas Within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

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Learn to Kayak Class: Jul 1 - Jefferson Lake
This class will introduce students to the basics of paddling a kayak in a mild setting and at a relaxed pace. Students will learn about kayaks, paddles, gear and clothing before learning to launch and being introduced to the basic paddle strokes. This class is a great way for those considering kayaking to try it out. Details
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Crandon Lakes, NJ
1.5 mi 2.4 km Crandon Lakes, NJ
All Clear
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23 days ago
Stroudsburg, PA
159.8 mi 257.1 km Stroudsburg, PA
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1.2 mi 2.0 km
#3 Red Dot Trail
Stroudsburg, PA
1.2 mi 2.0 km Stroudsburg, PA
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Muddy
58 days ago
2.0 mi 3.2 km
#4 Coppermine Trail
Hardwick, NJ
2.0 mi 3.2 km Hardwick, NJ
All Clear
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Mostly Dry
42 days ago
Hardwick, NJ
1.7 mi 2.7 km Hardwick, NJ
Minor Issues
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Muddy, Fallen Trees - A power line is hanging dangerously close to the trail at 41.067867, -74.97906
83 days ago
Birchwood Lakes, PA
9.0 mi 14.4 km Birchwood Lakes, PA
All Clear
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Muddy
68 days ago
1.8 mi 2.9 km
#7 Blue Blaze Trail
Stroudsburg, PA
1.8 mi 2.9 km Stroudsburg, PA
All Clear
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Muddy
58 days ago
Birchwood Lakes, PA
0.8 mi 1.3 km Birchwood Lakes, PA
Unknown
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2.8 mi 4.6 km
#9 Cliff Trail
Milford, PA
2.8 mi 4.6 km Milford, PA
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Birchwood Lakes, PA
0.4 mi 0.6 km Birchwood Lakes, PA
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Pocono Ranch Lands, PA
2.9 mi 4.6 km Pocono Ranch Lands, PA
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East Stroudsburg, PA
31.5 mi 50.7 km East Stroudsburg, PA
All Clear
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Dry
52 days ago
Hardwick, NJ
2.5 mi 4.0 km Hardwick, NJ
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Milford, PA
0.3 mi 0.5 km Milford, PA
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0.9 mi 1.4 km
#15 Crater Lake Trail
Crandon Lakes, NJ
0.9 mi 1.4 km Crandon Lakes, NJ
All Clear
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23 days ago
Pocono Ranch Lands, PA
0.5 mi 0.7 km Pocono Ranch Lands, PA
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1.0 mi 1.6 km
#17 Fossil Trail
Pocono Ranch Lands, PA
1.0 mi 1.6 km Pocono Ranch Lands, PA
Unknown
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0.8 mi 1.3 km
#18 Two Ponds Trail
Pocono Ranch Lands, PA
0.8 mi 1.3 km Pocono Ranch Lands, PA
Unknown
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2.4 mi 3.9 km
#19 Pioneer Trail
Hardwick, NJ
2.4 mi 3.9 km Hardwick, NJ
Unknown
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0.7 mi 1.1 km
#20 Pond Loop
Milford, PA
0.7 mi 1.1 km Milford, PA
Unknown
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