NPS Hosts Ranger-led Hike to Sunfish Pond on July 26

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Date: July 20, 2015
Contact: Kristin Gibbs, Supervisory Park Ranger, (570) 426-2430

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue invites the public to join in a ranger-led hike to Sunfish Pond on Sunday, July 26, 2015 in commemoration of the park’s 50th anniversary.

In 1967, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas accompanied more than a thousand people on a hike to Sunfish Pond at the top of Kittatinny Ridge to protest the expansion of the natural glacial pond for water storage as part of the Kittatinny Mountain Pumped Storage Project. In 1969, Sunfish Pond was acquired by the state of New Jersey. Today this outstanding natural feature is part of a Worthington State Forest and is a popular destination for hikers. “This event is an opportunity to enjoy local history while looking toward the future of public lands during the 50th anniversary year of the outstanding Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area” said Superintendent Donahue. 

Meet at the Douglas Trail parking area in Worthington State Forest at 9:30 am. This is a strenuous, 3.2 mile round trip hike. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and insect repellent. 
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Last updated: July 21, 2015

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