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 »
By Public Transportation
This may not seem like a park for the car-less, but in fact you can spend a day or more out of the city, see the Water Gap from several viewpoints, hike along the Appalachian Trail (AT), and take a canoe trip, all without having to get here by car. | Bus service to the village of Delaware Water Gap.
In addition, in 2013, Monroe County Transportation Authority and the park jwill provide free public transporation through the Pennsylvania side of the park on holidays weekends. The buses also carried kayaks, bicycles, and small canoes. Bus riders enter the park's beaches for free, and could be dropped off and picked up at various trailheads of McDade Trail, as well as Dingmans Campground. | Details
A long day hike or a canoe trip might require an overnight stay. A motel and a resort hotel are within walking distance of the bus station; for details please link to tourist agencies, or search the web for "Hotels Delaware Water Gap PA." There are backpacking sites on the Appalachian Trail (AT) but these are governed by various regulations: please download and review the park bulletin on Hiking & Backpacking the AT.
Did You Know?
... that the reservoir of the proposed Tocks Island Dam would have inundated 30 miles of the Delaware River and 30,000 acres of its river valley (now part of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.) The defeat of the dam was an early victory of the environmental movement in this country. More...