National Parks along the Delaware River
From the junction of its two branches at Hancock NY, to its mouth at Delaware Bay and Wilmington, Delaware, the Delaware River flows more than 330 miles.
More than half of these miles are protected within two areas administered directly by the National Park Service and three areas are supported through partnerships with the National Park Service. For more information, please link to their websites from this page.
Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River (Home Page)
The river itself is the park. Except for some land at the Roebling aqueduct and the home of Zane Grey, almost all of the riverbanks are privately owned.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (Home Page)
The park contains 100 miles of hiking trails(left), including 27 miles of the Appalachian Trail, as well as historic villages, scenic waterfalls, river beaches, campgrounds and canoe campsites.
Middle Delaware National Scenic River (included in this website)
The northern 35 miles of these 40 miles are designated a national scenic river of the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System; the remaining miles of the river within the recreation area (near the Water Gap) are designated a recreational river.
The Middle Delaware River is part of the Delaware River Water Trail, a unit of the National Recreation Trails Program.
Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (Home Page) encompasses sections of the Delaware River near Easton PA, and of the Lehigh River from Easton PA inland to mining country and to Lehigh Gorge PA.
The Corridor works with state and local entities to coordinate two 19th century canals, associated early railroads, state parks, and museums of anthracite mining and industrial history.
The National Heritage Corridor is a National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary.
Lower Delaware Scenic & Recreational River (Home Page) is a total of 67 miles of the Delaware River, forming part of the boundary between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The northern boundary begins just south of the Delaware Water Gap and the southern boundary is Washington Crossing State Park near New Hope, and 29 miles north of Philadelphia.
Of these 67 miles of river included in the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System, 39 are located on the Delaware River main stem while 28 miles of three tributaries to the Delaware are designated on the Pennsylvania side.
The Lower Delaware Scenic & Recreational River is managed in partnership with local entities, and includes state parks, scenic river towns, the Delaware Canal, and the historic sites in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey of Washington's Crossing of the Delaware in the Revolutionary War.
Did You Know?
... that shad have made a comeback in the Delaware River, due to pollution control. This member of the herring family lives its adult life in the ocean, but travels up rivers and streams to spawn. Each spring, anglers follow the "shad run" up the Delaware River to catch these hard-fighting fish. More...