Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Overview

The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area encompasses 67,000 acres of mountain ridge, forest, and floodplain on both sides of the Delaware River in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Forty miles of the Middle Delaware River are within the park, as well as trout streams, lakes, ponds, and some of the highest waterfalls in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. At the south end of the park, the river cuts eastward through the Appalachian Mountains at the scenic Delaware Water Gap. Among the more surpising species of animals in the park are black bear, timber rattlesnakes, bald eagles, and, recently, nesting peregrine falcons. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area boasts an extraordinary amount of outdoor activities as well. A one-day auto tour of the park can include waterfalls, rural scenery, and historic Millbrook Village. Visitors can also canoe, hike, camp, swim, picnic, bicycle, crosscountry ski, and horseback ride. Within the park, there are 27 miles of the Appalachian Trail running through in addition to several recreational trails in the park. The Delaware River allows visitors to view the park for a whole other angle while kayaking, rafting, or canoeing. Fishing and hunting are also permitted in season with state licenses.

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Seasonality / Weather

In the spring, climate is variable. Temperature can drop rapidly after sunset on warm days. In the summer, air temperatures average from 75 to 85 degrees F, with some days in the 90s, and with lows to the 50s. There may be some very hot and muggy days in summer and thunderstorms can form quickly and violently along the river. In the fall, fall colors make the Gap especially photogenic, but winds in the Gap can be strong. In late fall, some of the best vistas along the hiking trails will emerge when the leaves are down. In the winter, air temperatures from December to March are frequently below freezing, with numerous snow and ice storms in some years, and little snow in other years. Water temperatures drop from the 50s to the 30s by December, with most of the river usually freezing over each winter.

Directions

Driving: 

The south end of the park is along Interstate 80 at the village of Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania. Take Interstate 80 PA Exit 310. If you're arriving westbound from New Jersey, follow highway signs toward the Park and Ride to the traffic light at the end of the exit ramp. For Smithfield Beach, Pennsylvania and points north in the parkalong Route 209 PA, go straight at the traffic light onto River Road. Smithfield Beach is 7 miles from this point. For the overlooks on Route 611 at the Water Gap, turn right at the traffic light and continue 1/4 mile to the next light. Turn left onto Route 611 south and look for the overlook parking on the left. If you're arriving eastbound from Pennsylvania, for Smithfield Beach PA and points north in the park along Rt. 209 PA, turn left at the traffic light onto River Road. Smithfield Beach is 7 miles from this point. For the overlooks on Route 611 at the Water Gap, go straight at the traffic light and continue 1/4 mile to the next light. Turn left onto Route 611 south and look for the overlook parking on the left.map program and need an exact address for long-distance directions to the south end of the park, use: 1 Broad Street, Delaware Water Gap PA 18327. This address is in the village of Delaware Water Gap. Use the directions to reach I-80 Exit 310 in Pennsylvania, and then follow directions above.

Flying: 

Several major airports serve this area are Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) in Allentown/Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is 65 miles southwest. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP) located in Avoca, Pennsylvania is 65 miles west of the park. The Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) Newark, New Jersey is 70 miles east.

Public Transport: 

Martz-Trailways and Greyhound bus lines from Port Authority Terminal in New York City run to Scranton and Wilkes-Barre PA via the "Stroudsburg/DWG" terminal in the town of Delaware Water Gap PA. There are trips mid-day and on weekends and holidays. Both lines accept on-line purchase of tickets. The bus terminal is 1.5 miles from the AT southbound at Mt. Minsi trailhead and 3 miles from the Appalachian Trail northbound at Dunnfield trailhead (Mt. Tammany, Sunfish Pond).