Hiking

Hikers enjoy the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area during all months of the year; every season offers a special reward. During winter, the absence of deciduous leaves opens new vistas along trails and reveals stone walls, foundations, and other reminders of past residents. Spring provides a weekly parade of wildflowers and flowering trees. In summer, hikers can seek out cool retreats among the hemlock forests and follow rolling streams to beautiful falls and cascades. Autumn hikers have crisp air to sharpen the senses and a varied palette of fall colors to enjoy.

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 CLOSED
Dingmans Creek 0.4 E forest, waterfalls CLOSED
Hackers 1.4 M forest, waterfall OPEN
Hornbecks Creek 1.9 E-D forest, waterfalls CLOSED
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

**The section of the McDade Trail between the Pittman Orchard and Conashaugh
trailheads is CLOSED annually between February and July FOR RESOURCE PROTECTION.
 
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 CLOSED
Kaiser 2.0 M-D forest CLOSED
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 4.5 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 CLOSED
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
Blue Blaze° 1.7 D forest, scenic vista 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
Red Dot° 1.2 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

° = Trail located in Worthington State Forest
 

Last updated: July 17, 2018

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1978 River Road
Bushkill, PA 18324

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