Frequently Asked Questions
Is "Pennsylania Dutch" country nearby?
"Dutch" (actually, German) country will only seem "nearby" if you have come here from a great distance. From Delaware Water Gap PA at the south end of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, it is about a 2 1/2 hour (120-mile) drive to the edge of "Dutch" country. The journey can be worth it, though, for those interested in history, in material culture, and in the development of religion in this nation.
There are various routes from the recreation area to Dutch country. A fairly direct route would be to take Interstate 80 west from Delaware Water Gap PA 6 miles to Exit 304, signed as "Route 209 to Route 33 South." Stay on Route 33 (not Route 209) 23 miles south to Interstate 78 at Hellertown PA. Take 78 west 42 miles to Route 61 south, and Route 61 south 12 miles to Route 222 west. In 15 miles Route 222 reaches Route 322 to Ephrata Cloister (See below), at the northeast edge of Dutch country.
A State Parks and Historic Sites in the Area
Did You Know?
... that a century before this recreation area was formed, the Delaware Water Gap was touted as a Wonder of the World, and drew vacationers via rail lines from Philadelphia and New York City. There were trails to stroll, verandas for viewing the gap, and a steamboat for moonlight cruises. More...