That's a question we have lots of answers to, but which one is right for you?
Would you like to rent a canoe or kayak from one of the local livery companies and get out on the river for an afternoon or overnight? How about a hike up to one of the best views in the area? Maybe you're looking for a safe spot to grill and take a swim. No matter what you're looking for when it comes to enjoying the outdoors, we have something for you. We look forward to seeing you.
Let's make a plan!
Did you know we have an app, now?
The best way to begin any adventure is with information and a little planning. The new National Park Service app allows you to find information about every national park site in the country, including this one. You can get maps and other important information to help you plan your visit.
Get your NPS App here and start planning your next adventure.
Do you plan on parking a vehicle overnight?
This site is open to the public from dawn to dusk for most outdoor recreation and fishing/hunting activities. Overnight parking is permitted, but only under certain conditions. If you do plan to park your vehicle overnight, we will need some information from you prior to your visit. We have a link to our overnight parking log below.
The park superintendent has directed that those who are parked, or at a location past regular visiting hours must be, as stated in the Superintendent's Compendium of Park Regulations on page 4, “engaged in activities associated with authorized overnight trips on the Appalachian Trail (AT) or Delaware River, or engaged in hunting or fishing in accordance with federal and state law.”
As stated above, overnight parking is only permitted within the park when the vehicle owner and occupants are engaged in the following activities:
Backcountry camping trip along the Appalachian Trail, and the vehicles are parked in a designated parking area
Delaware river trips lasting more than one day, and the vehicles are parked in an authorized Delaware river boat/canoe/kayak access
Fishing and Hunting activities that fall within applicable state laws (ex: night cat fishing)
Please register your visit information with the park Emergency Operations office.
Help us to be there for you in an emergency by registering your vehicle information below.
Note:If you are unable to use our registration system, please call the park Emergency Operations office at: 570-426-2457. This phone is monitored 24/7 for emergency calls and should only be used if you are unable to register online.
Why do we need this information?
Knowing where you plan to camp or hike is the fastest way for our first responders to get you help, or contact you in the event of an emergency. Your help can make all the difference in an emergency.
Safety is our priority. A safe memorable visit is our goal. We ask the you please take a moment to educate yourself on the specific requirements related to overnight stays prior to your trip to avoid any problems.
Ranger Tip: Don't forget to let a family member or friend know your plans as an additional backup.
Some fun facts about the park
As one of the largest nature areas in the northeast, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area has many options for outdoor fun. Below are just a small selection of ideas for planning a visit. We hope you have a great visit.
40 miles of Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River beauty for you to see and explore
Over 70,000 acres of forested mountains, river valleys, and fertile floodplains
Beautiful tumbling waters, rhododendron filled ravines, and quiet hemlock forests
The spectacular Delaware Water Gap, the stunning geological feature that gives our park its name
More than 120 miles of hiking trails along streams, ridges, mountaintops and some of the most beautiful countryside you are ever going to see, anywhere
Bountiful wildlife in habitats ranging from river to ridge top
27 miles of the Appalachian Trail
More than 100 miles of scenic roadways for you to travel in peace
Historic villages, structures, and landscapes that tell the valleys story
Agricultural fields that have fed people and livestock for more than a thousand years