• Fulmer Falls at George W. Childs Park

    Delaware Water Gap

    National Recreation Area NJ,PA

Appalachian Trail Spurs

A forested area with ferns covering the ground.
Ferns cover the forest floor along a Kittatinny Ridge Trail.
 

Coppermines Trail | Directions
Length: 2.0 miles, one-way
Difficulty: Moderate - Difficult
Elevation change: 846 feet over two miles
Trailhead location: Across from Coppermines Parking Lot, on Old Mine Road
Brochure: NJ/PA Hikes Bulletin is available at any visitor center.
Description: The Coppermines trail climbs steadily up toward the Kittatinny Ridge, past two old copper mines. These mines are closed to protect bat roosting habitat. Along the trail visitors will find hemlock ravine and mixed hardwood forest, and a number of modest cascades. Spurs that lead to the Kaiser Trail are found at the quarter mile and three-quarter mile marks, indicated with blue blazes; the first is 0.6 mi. long, and the second is 0.2 mi. long. Coppermines Trail terminates at the Appalachian Trail, just south of Mohican Outdoor Center. With the spurs and the Appalachian Trail, it is easy to make a loop of the Kaiser and Coppermines trails, resulting in a hike that will be approximately 7 miles long, and take 3 to 4 hours to complete, depending on skill level and visitors' selected route.
Special considerations: Small children, small dogs, and those with chronically stiff joints may have difficulty on the Coppermines trail. Entrances to the mines are gated as part of the park's conservation efforts on behalf of local bat populations; mine access is strictly prohibited.
Hiking Safety

Kaiser Trail | Directions
Length: 2.0 miles, one-way
Difficulty: Moderate - Difficult
Elevation change: 1000 feet in 2 miles
Trailhead location: Across from small parking area just south of Turtle Beach, on Old Mine Road
Brochure: NJ/PA Hikes Bulletin is available at any visitor center.
Description: Following an old roadbed through mixed hardwood forest, the Kaiser Trail climbs gradually up toward the ridgeline, leveling out just before visitors reach the Appalachian Trail. Two spur trails connect it to the Coppermines Trail; the first is 0.6 mi. long, and the second is 0.2 mi. long. Be careful not to continue past the Appalachian Trail, as the descent is uneven and will lead you onto private property. At the intersection of the Appalachian Trail, heading south (right) will bring visitors to a number of spectacular overlooks of the valleys below. Heading north (left) on the Appalachian Trail for about 2 miles will bring visitors to the Coppermines Trail for a loop back to the Kaiser trailhead, resulting in a hike that will be approximately 7 miles long, and take 3 to 4 hours to complete, depending on skill level and visitors' selected route.
Special considerations: Small children, small dogs, and those with chronically stiff joints may have difficulty on the Kaiser Trail.
Hiking Safety

 

Spur Trails in Worthington State Forest
Beulahland Trail
(yellow blaze)
This trail begins at Farview parking and climbs 1-1/3 miles and 400 ft. and meets the AT at Holly Spring Trail.

 

Spur Trail In Walpack
Buttermilk Falls Spur Trail

Did You Know?

A small steamboat passing a beach with rowboats

... that a century before this recreation area was formed, the Delaware Water Gap was touted as a Wonder of the World, and drew vacationers via rail lines from Philadelphia and New York City. There were trails to stroll, verandas for viewing the gap, and a steamboat for moonlight cruises. More...