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
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
Our three beaches have summer lifeguards. Strong currents and drop-offs make swimming hazardous elsewhere. Wear a lifejacket in AND on the river!Read More
New Hunting Restriction
Hunting is prohibited in the park within 450 feet of either side of the Power Line Right-of-way through April 1, 2014.Read More
Historic structures dot New Jersey’s scenic byways. Join villagers of the year 1900 summer weekends or in October at Millbrook Days.Read More
Watch the Water
Streams tumble off the Pocono Plateau into cool ravines that bloom with rhododendron. Watch the water at Raymondskill, Dingmans, or Childs Park.Read More
Span the Gap
Climb Minsi and Tammany, gateposts of the Gap, or trek 27 miles of the Appalachian Trail along the “endless mountain”--Kittatinny Ridge.Read More
Bike the Valley
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
Cool off in the Ravines
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 the 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 hemlock groves in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area are threatened by a non-native insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid. Hemlocks provide shade for spectacular rhodondenron, for trout streams, and for native wildflowers. As hemlocks weaken and die, they are cut down for your safety. More...