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.

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Celebrating 50 Years!

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Join us in the celebration!

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New Reservable River Campsites

Six new river campsites are available for reservation to boaters on overnight river trips.

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Stay Safe!

Strong currents and drop-offs make swimming hazardous elsewhere. Wear a lifejacket in AND on the river!

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Span the Gap

Trek 28 miles of the Appalachian Trail along the “endless mountain” - Kittatinny Ridge.

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Discover History

Historic structures dot the landscape throughout the valley. The historic Old Mine Road provides a scenic drive through the historic landscape.

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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.

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Bike the Valley

McDade Trail offers 32 planned miles for hikers, dirt bikers, and cross-country skiers.

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