• The snowy Delaware River

    Delaware Water Gap

    National Recreation Area NJ,PA

Superintendent's Statement

A statement by the park's superintendent on the occasion of the park's 40th anniversary
on September 1, 2005.

John Muir once reminded us that all things in the universe are connected and you cannot separate a flower from a star. That sentiment is embodied by the longest free flowing river in the Eastern United States - the Delaware. The river ties three states together and weaves an intricate tapestry of natural and cultural resources found throughout this ancient valley.

From ridge top in New Jersey to ridge top in Pennsylvania, the park preserves an unparalleled experience for visitors. Whether traversing the park on a ridgetop trail or in a canoe on the river, visitors will wind their way through eons of history, archeology, cultural landscapes, watershed dynamics, and geological formations that can be read as easily as the Sunday papers.

Whether you come here seeking solitude or recreation, this park will be here in perpetuity for you and all the generations to come.

Did You Know?

A ranger testing water quality in a stream.

... that the Middle Delaware River exceeds ordinary federal standards for clean water. Because of this, special higher standards have been set for the river, so it does not "deteriorate" to being just "clean enough." The river in this park is, and will remain, truly "cleaner than clean." More...