• The snowy Delaware River

    Delaware Water Gap

    National Recreation Area NJ,PA

Scenic Vistas

View through near mountains to a distant mountain

Walpack Bend, seen from Old Mine Road NJ. In the distance is Pennsylvania's Pocono Plateau.

Some of the finest views and vistas within the park are provided those hale and hearty souls that brave the Appalachian Trail along the ridge of the Kittatinny Mountains on the park's New Jersey side. In the late summer and early fall with the leaves turning colors and large birds of prey migrating south through the valley, a marvelous view-scape of nature awaits those who wish to climb these rocky trails.

Those visitors not so inclined to climb can drive to see their vistas, but usually must wait until the winter and spring to observe the beaty of nature’s landscapes. In these months, the leaves are off the trees and there are more frequent views of the river from the park's main tour roads, Route 209 in Pennsylvania and Old Mine Road in New Jersey. The air during these periods is typically crystal clear.


Did You Know?


... that the Appalachian Trail (AT) runs more than 25 miles through Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The AT crosses the Delaware River and the Water Gap on a walkway on the Interstate-80 bridge. With bus service to New York and Philadelphia nearby, a hike on the AT is only a ride and a backpack away! More...