Hiking Safety

rustic bridge over creek and rock ledge

Bridge along the George W. Childs Park Trail

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area has over one hundred miles of trail for you to discover. Many opportunities exist for visitors of all ages and abilities to explore our wondrous natural and cultural features. When planning for a hike, keep in mind the following:

  • Know your limits. Plan your hiking trip according to the skill level of your least skilled hiker. Remember, five miles on a flat, gravel trail will be much different than five miles on a rocky climb up the ridge. Refer to the trail descriptions first to get an idea of the trail conditions.
  • Bring and drink plenty of water, and possibly a snack to keep you going.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather, the activity, and the season. Wear sturdy footwear. Be sure to wear bright colors (preferably orange) during hunting season. Wear long pants, socks, and possibly insect repellent to reduce your exposure to disease-carrying insects and ticks. Choose moisture wicking fabrics to help you stay dry, and consider bringing an extra layer in case the weather changes.
  • Stay on the trail, to minimize your impact on the park's resources, and to reduce the likelihood of personal injury.

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