The start of the Red Dot Trail is a set of wooden steps without any railings, that look well-worn, and rise sharply as thick foliage surrounds both sides of the stairs.
The Red Dot Trail's stairs are the beginning of a physically challenging trail. Please come prepared with necessities like hiking boots, extra water, and sunscreen.

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A Trail For Every Sole

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area offers over 150 miles of trails of various difficulty levels. From wheelchair accessible trails, like Dingmans Falls boardwalk trail, to strenuous hikes, like the Mount Tammany Red Dot Trail, there is a perfect trail for everyone.

When getting ready for a woodsy adventure, remember hiking safety protocols. Visitors should wear sturdy footwear with soles made for hiking, bring water for all hikers and pets, and leave no trace when recreating in the park.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation encompasses more than 70,000 acres with varying weather patterns. When planning a hike, always check the local weather before and during your visit.

Winter Conditions

Trail Access: All trails that are currently open will remain open during the winter, but trailhead parking will be dependent on conditions and may be limited in some areas. Road closures may also affect access to some trails. Trailhead parking areas that will remain open during the winter months will not be cleared of ice and snow until after all priority routes are clear and safe for travel.
  • Access to the McDade Recreational Trail will be available at Smithfield Beach, Park Headquarters, Bushkill Access, Bushkill Meeting Center (northern parking lot), and Milford Beach.
  • The parking lot and access road to Dingmans Falls will remain closed to vehicles from January 2, or the first significant snowfall, to April 15 but the trail will remain open, and visitors may walk, ski, or snowshoe to the falls. Restrooms are closed.
  • The upper parking lot for Raymondskill Falls will be closed from the first snowfall until April 15 but the lower parking lot will remain open, as conditions permit.
  • The Cliff Park trailhead parking area will receive no winter maintenance and will be open as conditions allow. Trailhead restrooms will be closed until May.

Important Parking Information

Parking lots for our most popular trails like Mt. Tammany, Mt. Minsi, Raymondskill Falls, Dingmans Falls, Hackers Falls in Pennsylvania, and Buttermilk Falls in New Jersey, are usually full by 9:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays, during the spring to fall seasons.

Avoid crowded trailheads by hiking early on weekends, enjoying the quieter weekdays, or choosing a less traveled trail, such as Conashaugh Trail System in Pennsylvania, or Coventry Pond Trail in New Jersey.

If you have any questions or want more infomation, call our park headquarters at (570) 426-2452. You can also check our Facebook page on summer weekends for real time updates.

A map of all the trails in Delaware Water Gap.
Map of hiking trails within the National Recreation Area. Click on image to open full size image.


Hikers enjoy the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area during all months of the year. During winter, the snow-covered trails and bare deciduous trees create a calm and peaceful environment. Spring provides a chorus of buzzing pollinators flying between wildflowers and flowering trees. In summer, families can cool off and picnic at one of our three beaches, and hikers can wander through shaded forests. Autumn hikers experience cooler air and fiery mountain sides as the leaves turn to bright harvest colors. Every season offers a change of scenery and a new experience.

Trail maps can be found at our visitor centers and in the Guide to the Gap.

Trails: Northern Part of the Park
Trail Name Miles Rating* Highlights Status
Buchanan 1.1 E-M forest OPEN
Childs Park 1.4 E-M forest, waterfalls, history CLOSED
Cliff 2.8 M forest, scenic vista OPEN
Conashaugh View 8.7 M-D forest OPEN
Dingmans Creek 0.4 E forest, waterfalls OPEN
Hackers 1.4 M forest, waterfall OPEN
Lower Hornbecks Creek 1.9 E-D forest, waterfall OPEN
Upper Hornbecks Creek 0.8 M-D forest, waterfall OPEN
McDade Recreation 31.0 E-D forest, fields, river OPEN **
Milford Knob 1.3 M-D forest, scenic vista OPEN
Pond Loop 0.7 E forest, pond OPEN
Quarry Path 0.5 M-D forest OPEN
Raymondskill Creek 0.3 M-D forest, waterfall OPEN
Upper Ridge Road 2.5 E-M forest OPEN

E = Easy
M = Moderate
D = Difficult

** Note: The section of the McDade Trail between the Pittman Orchard and Conashaugh trailheads is closed annually between February and July for important resource protection (Nesting Eagles and Raptors).
Trails: Middle Part of the Park
Trail Name Miles Rating* Highlights Status
Appalachian 28.0 E-M-D forest, scenic vista OPEN
Blue Mountain Lake 5.9 E-M forest, lake OPEN
Buttermilk Falls 1.4 D forest, waterfall OPEN
Coppermine 2.0 M-D forest, history OPEN
Coventry Pond 0.9 E-M forest, pond OPEN
Crater Lake 1.6 E-M forest, lake OPEN
Donkeys Corner 1.8 M-D forest, stream OPEN
Fossil 1.3 M forest, fossil OPEN
Hamilton Ridge 2.8 E-M forest OPEN
Hemlock Pond 1.0 E forest, pond OPEN
Hidden Lake 1.9 E forest, lake OPEN
Kaiser 2.0 M-D forest OPEN
McDade Recreation 31.0 E-M-D forest, fields, river OPEN
Military Road 1.1 M forest, history OPEN
Orchard 0.5 M-D forest OPEN
Pioneer 2.5 E-M forest OPEN
Railway Avenue 0.4 E forest, history OPEN
Rattlesnake Swamp 2.6 E-M forest, wetland OPEN
Ridgeline 3.2 M forest OPEN
Scenic Gorge 2.0 M forest OPEN
Toms Creek 0.8 E forest, stream OPEN
Tumbling Waters 2.8 M-D forest, waterfall OPEN
Two Ponds 1.5 E forest, pond OPEN
Van Campens Glen 1.5 M forest, waterfall OPEN
Walpack Ridge 3.0 M forest, pond OPEN

E = Easy
M = Moderate
D = Difficult
Trails: Southern Part of the Park
Trail Name Miles Rating* Highlights Status
Appalachian 28.0 E-M-D forest, scenic vista OPEN
Arrow Island 0.9 M forest OPEN
Beulahland° 1.3 M forest OPEN
Douglas° 1.6 D forest OPEN
Dunnfield Creek° 3.5 M forest, stream OPEN
Garvey Springs° 1.2 D forest OPEN
Holly Springs° 0.4 M forest OPEN
McDade Recreation 31.0 E-M-D forest, field, river OPEN
Mt. Tammany (Red Dot)° 1.2 D forest, scenic vista OPEN
Pahaquarry (Blue Blaze)° 1.7 D forest, scenic vista OPEN
Rockcores° 2.7 M forest OPEN
Slateford Loop 2.5 E-M forest, history OPEN
Turquoise° 1.1 E-M forest, scenic vista OPEN

E = Easy
M = Moderate
D = Difficult

° = This trail is located in Worthington State Forest
On a sunny day, a large commuter shuttle bus loads passengers. There is a small tree with summer leaves to the left of the bus
The MCTA Pocono Pony Hiker Shuttle is a great alternative to trying to find parking at our most popular trails. Don't miss the bus! Click on the photo for more details

NPS/Michael Cuff

Hiker Shuttle Information

Many of our most popular trails become overwhelmed with visitors on weekends and holidays. These high visitation days lead to extremely limited parking. To ensure all of our visitors have a chance to experience these popular sites, we have two hiker shuttles running from auxillary parking areas to the trailheads.

For visitors attempting to hike either mountain in the Delaware Water Gap, we have the hiker shuttle that leaves from the Delaware Water Gap Park and Ride. Guests can park in the Park and Ride or Pennsylvania Welcome Center lots, and ride the shuttle to the Mount Minsi and Mount Tammany trailheads.

New in 2022!

New year, new shuttle! The hiker shuttle to Raymondskill Falls runs weekends and holiday Mondays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Visitors can park at the North Contact Station/ Milford Knob Trailhead parking area and be shuttled to Raymondskill Falls.

The Hiker Shuttle is provided through a partnership between the National Park Service and the Monroe County Transportation Authority. To learn more about the program or view shuttle routes and schedule information, please visit the MCTA Hiker Shuttle website.

Last updated: November 30, 2022

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