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Cliff Park Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

2.3 mile 3.7 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 556' 170 m
Descent: -233' -71 m
High: 968' 295 m
Low: 609' 186 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)

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Trail shared by Lou Poulas

An easy trail that winds perilously close the cliffs overlooking the Delaware River Valley.

Lou Poulas

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

This trail is temporarily closed due to nesting peregrine falcons along the cliffs.

While there are no rivers or waterfalls on this trail, there are many in Cliff Park and it is worth mentioning that swimming, wading, and jumping into the waterfalls and areas above and below waterfalls is prohibited in the entire park. Please don't risk your LIFE. There are costly fines for violating federal law.

Description

Cliff Park Trail is an unblazed trail that parallels the more widely used Cliff Trail that follows a ridge line a little less than three miles alongside the Delaware River Valley near Milford, PA.

A little background is probably helpful. Cliff Trail is a moderately used doubletrack trail from Raymondskill Road to the Milfor Knob Overlook. It mostly keeps the hiker a safe distance from the ledge, and only meanders close enough to key overlook locations where people can safely stand behind wooden railings.

Conversely, this trail (Cliff Park Trail) is not marked in any way but is much more rewarding with its views. It parallels Cliff Trail almost in its entirety, and even joins Cliff Trail in a few sections. It provides the hiker almost constant views but is dangerous if one is not careful. In no portion is it closer than three feet to the edge of a cliff, but that is certainly close enough.

Park at the Hackers Parking Lot and the trailhead will be across Raymondskill Road. There are multiple unmarked side trails in this area, and I have found the easiest to be the trailhead just east of the parking lot. Directly across the parking lot is Hackers Trail, which also has a trail spur that joins Cliff Park Trail.

For the first half mile, most of the trail is through a pine forest with a needle forest floor. This is also where the only significant elevation gain takes place as you climb to the top of the ridge.

From this spot until the end of the trail, the route winds close to the cliff edge with numerous overlooks. If you are lucky and start early, summer mornings may find the valley socked in with a dense layer of fog which completely obstructs the views but is interesting in its own right.

This trail can easily be combined with others in the park to make a longer route.

Please also note that since the route takes the hiker to the cliff ledges, the GPS trackers are not sensitive enough to accurately gauge location. The elevation profile looks extreme in spots but this is not true.

Flora & Fauna

Great area for wildlife - birds, bears, deer, snakes, porcupines and more. The flora is also interesting with a typical hardwood forest with hemlock and pine mixed in spots, and the occasional and extremely rare prickly pear cactus growing from the side of the rocky cliffs.

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Oct 14, 2019
Justin Perket
Sep 7, 2019
Lou Poulas
Sunrise photo tour of the cliff edge 3.2mi — 2h 00m
Oct 28, 2017
Steven Kolombaris
2.3mi
Jul 29, 2017
Lou Poulas

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One of many wonderful views along Cliff Park Trail, which overlooks the Delaware River into New Jersey.
Jul 16, 2017 near Milford, PA
Arguably the best views in the Delaware Water Gap NRA are in Cliff Park. Here, one of the many easily accessible view points looks down on the Delaware River and McDade Trail.
Sep 23, 2018 near Milford, PA
The peaceful Delaware River, meandering through farmland near Milford, PA.
Jul 16, 2017 near Milford, PA
Contemplating the meaning of life (or perhaps it is just thinking on a great breakfast sandwich) along Cliff Trail.
Oct 4, 2018 near Milford, PA
X Marks the Spot?  Looking down on the Delaware River with the Kittatinny Range in the distance, foggy mornings on Cliff Park drive home why this is an NPS Recreation Area
Feb 27, 2018 near Milford, PA
It's not often you are above the clouds in eastern Pennsylvania, but the cool Delaware River often creates a cloud inversion below the ledges of Cliff Park in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
Jul 31, 2019 near Milford, PA

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