Areas closed or newly opened
Childs Park opens May 25. Dingmans Falls, Blue Mt Lakes/Skyline and unpaved Old Mine roads are open. STILL CLOSED PA: Mt. Minsi spur trails closed due to falcon nesting; Hornbecks & Adams Trails closed; McDade Trail closed trail miles 24.5 to 27.5 More »
The River, the Valley, and You
Paddlers slip down the river between low forested mountains; anglers wade the trout streams; hikers scan the valley from the ridge or peer into the 1000-foot-deep Water Gap. The valley has known human hand and voice for 10,000 years. Floodplains nourished the Native farmer; waterfalls drew the Victorian vacationer. Today, a 70,000-acre park welcomes those who seek the outdoors close to home.Read More
Water in Motion
Streams tumble off the Pocono Plateau into cool ravines that bloom with rhododendron. Watch the water at Raymondskill or Hackers Falls.Read More
Places in Time
Historic structures dot New Jersey’s scenic byways. Join villagers of the year 1900 summer weekends or in October at Millbrook Days.Read More
Mountains in Progress
The Water Gap is still forming today, a testament to the power of flowing water. Stop at Kittatinny Point or the Rt. 611 overlooks to see.Read More
Climb Minsi and Tammany, gateposts of the Gap, or trek 27 miles of the Appalachian Trail along the “endless mountain”--Kittatinny Ridge.Read More
Calm River Water
The Middle Delaware is clean, calm water, perfect for a family paddle in canoe or kayak. Local liveries provide equipment and transportation.Read More
Hike It, Bike It!
More than 100 miles of trails and old roads cross the park. McDade Trail offers 32 planned miles for hikers, dirt bikers, and cross-country skiers.Read More
Our three beaches have lifeguards. Strong currents and drop-offs make swimming hazardous elsewhere. Wear a lifejacket on or in the river!Read More
Shady stands of hemlock trees foster a particular forest environment--and beautiful wildflowers. Stroll or hike in this unique native habitat.Read More
Look (out) for Wildlife!
Herons fish the river; eagles and hawks circle the Gap. Watch out for black bear and white-tailed deer jaywalking across our country roads.Read More
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...