Hiking

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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Putting Your Best Foot Forward

There's a song by a Maryland band who's lyrics read "I put one foot in front of the other, as I walk away from mistakes I've made". The idea of walking for therapy, health, mental well-being, or just for fun is nothing new to the rangers here. This National Recreation Area offers the public over 150 miles of hiking trails of every ability level to give you options to get out in the woods for a little while.

Many of our staff live locally and hike these trails. Feel free to ask us about the ones we love the most, or where to find the ones that meet your need. Come out and take a hike along some of the nicest trails on the east coast.

In the spring and summer, you'll see and smell all kinds of wildflowers and get some of the best views anywhere. If you're really lucky, you might see a bald eagle, or some other wildlife. In the winter, it becomes another world where cross-country skiing and snow shoeing become the big outdoor recreation fun. Our hiking trails are a conduit to all kinds of possibilities. Check out the graphics below to find the right trail for you.

When it comes to hiking safety, we like to remind our visitors to please wear sturdy footwear made for hiking, to bring water for all hikers, and to leave no trace.

Please Read: Important Parking Information


Parking for some of 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, from spring to fall

Avoid crowded trailheads by hiking early on weekdays, or choosing a less busy trail, such as Milford Knob Trail in Pennsylvania, or Rattlesnake Swamp Trail in New Jersey. Don't let the scary name fool you. This trail is quiet and peaceful.

If you have any questions, we are here for you. Please call park headquarters at (570) 426-2452 for assistance planning your hike. You can also check our Facebook page on summer weekends for real time updates.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation encompasses more than 70,000 acres and has over 150 miles of trails. When planning a hike, always check the local weather prior to, and the day of your visit.

 
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

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Hiking Shuttle Information



Our trails are a popular destination, particularly on weekend mornings and afternoons, in the summer. That popularity has a price. A lack of available parking during busy periods. One of the ways we are trying to reduce congestion at some of our most popular hiking locations is to use a shuttle bus that allows visitors to park at the Pennsylvania Welcome Center or Delaware Water Gap Park and Ride and shuttle over to the most popular trailheads without the parking hassles.

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.

 
Map of park trails displays various trail locations within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
Map of hiking trails within the NRA. Click on image to open full size image.

NPS Map

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 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
 

Last updated: March 28, 2022

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Bushkill , PA 18324

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570 426-2452

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