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Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
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Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Description - The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is a scenic area which preserves unspoiled land on both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania sides of the middle Delaware River. At the south end of the park, the river cuts eastward through a scenic water gap in the Appalachian Mountains. The park sponsors a craft village and several environmental education centers. Recreation opportunities include canoeing, camping, fishing, swimming, scenic driving, biking, cross-country skiing and hiking.

Attractions - This scenic area preserves relatively unspoiled land on both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania sides of the middle Delaware River. The river segment flows through the famous gap in the Appalachian Mountains. The park sponsors a craft village and several environmental education centers.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area preserves 40 miles of the middle Delaware River, and almost 70,000 acres of land along the river's New Jersey and Pennsylvania shores. At the south end of the park, the river cuts eastward through a scenic water gap in the Appalachian Mountains. The park includes historic Millbrook Village and several environmental education centers.

Recreation - This recreation area is a gem for individuals interested in water-oriented activities. Recreation opportunities include canoeing, camping, fishing, swimming, scenic driving, biking, cross-country skiing and hiking. A great place to get oriented to the site is the Kittatinny Point Visitor Center, just off Interstate 80 in New Jersey (last exit before Delaware Water Gap toll bridge heading west; first exit in NJ heading east). Bushkill Visitor Center, on US Route 209 along the lovely Bushkill Creek, provides Information, audiovisual program, displays and restrooms.

Millbrook Village, a restored Nineteenth century rural community, is located in New Jersey. Selected buildings are staffed Thursday through Sunday, 9:00-5:00, spring through late October. Traditional trades such as blacksmithing and woodworking are demonstrated in this outdoor museum setting.

More than 60 miles of hiking trails lead through the area, including climbs to Mount Tammany (1,527 feet) and Mount Minsi (1,463 feet) overlooking the Gap. More than 25 miles of the Appalachian Trail exist within the park. Backcountry roads are located in New Jersey for biking and cross-country skiing. Blue Mountain Lake Mountain Bike Trail is now open.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 22 Celsius).

Location - The Delaware Water Gap is located in eastern Pennsylvania in Monroe, Northampton and Pike counties and northwestern New Jersey in Sussex and Warren counties. The site encompasses 40 miles of the Delaware River on the Pennsylvania/New Jersey border.


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Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area , Bushkill, PA, 18324, Phone: 717-588-2435

Additional Information:
Delaware State Forest - The Delaware State Forest encompasses the famous Pocono Mountains. In keeping with the popular conception of the Pocono as a mountain playground, the State Forest provides a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities including activities centered around ten lakes and ponds.
Pennsylvania Lakes and Reservoirs - Pennsylvania boasts as having more flowing water than any other state in the "lower 48." Whether you're looking for limestone streams, famous for trout fishing or whitewater rapids for an afternoon thrill ride, this state can fulfill that desire. The keystone state offers over 2,500 lakes and 300 streams. Ricketts Glen State Park is famous for its 30 waterfalls, the highest being a 94 foot tumble. In addition, Pennsylvania is home to the Allegheny National Forest known for its lush hardwoods, rich wildlife and a 12,000 acre lake considered ideal for catching trophy walleye, pike and muskellunge.
Pocono Mountains / Endless Mountains Area - The Pocono Mountains abound in natural wonders. The Glens Natural Area has 22 named waterfalls in a scenic gorge with old growth timber. You can also try whitewater rafting on the Lehigh River.

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Delaware Water Gap - Official agency Website

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