Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Delaware Water Gap

#3 of 48 in Parks in Pocono Mountains Region
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  • The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area encompasses 70,000 acres of diverse landscape. Rolling streams, beautiful falls and cascades hemlock and deciduous forest, towering granite cliffs...  more »
  • Plenty of good hiking trails. Some of them lead you to steps that allow you to climb right next to the numerous water falls. Coming from Colorado, I've seen more beautiful scenery, but this is a...  more »
  • We stopped at the visitor center and hiked the Mt. Tammany trail for an incredible view of the Delaware Water Gap. The trail was very rocky and moderately difficult. The actual visitor center was...  more »
  • There is a "toll" at the entrance, but it is only $1, so bring some quarters! The park is beautiful and well kept. We went to Pocono Education Center to park and go on the Tumbling Waters Trail, which according to one of the workers, is the most popular. It wasn't as water-filled as some other hikes I had done, but it still had cool views. There are stairs down which lead to the waterfall -- we almost passed by but some fellow hikers told us to go down. Good thing we did because that's the main attraction! The first half was more intense, but not too bad. And the second half was relaxing through fields/woods. Talk to one of the guides in the Center to see which entrance you should take. The trail is very well marked with orange squares painted on like every few trees, I never felt lost or worried. There is also a map you can get with a 50 cent donation, which is worth an ease of mind. We also noticed some "Emergency Access Trails" that branched off, which I'm assuming is for park guides to come in an emergency, or for you to exit in an emergency, which is nice that it exists :) Tumbling Waters took us a little less than 2 hrs. Budget in 2 hours for breaks and exploring :)
  • Amazing & very pretty hike. 1.5 miles one way, to the top. It has very beautiful views at middle & also at the top its breathtaking. Very much tiring because there is hardly actual trail its all rocks. Elevation is about 1359 ft. Very steel climb. Parking is limited & free. Be careful there could be rattle snakes. There is a small spot at the edge from where the views can be enjoyed more. You need 1.5-2 hrs to climb if you are quick then may be 1 or less. Alot of spiders 🕷 on the way. At the end of the day I burned 2000+ calories just by hiking. Must go place.
  • Great place. I encourage people to learn leave no trace, since so many people visit here. It's important to preserve it, every effort made picking up litter to storing food properly benefits us all. That being said. Mcdade bike trail is great. It's wide path, gravel, non aggressive trail so hybrids and rigid frames are fine. River offers many put ins and take outs, plenty of canoe/raft/kayak rental services to choose from. Edge of the woods is a great one to go through. Apart from leave no trace, do not try to swim from one side of the river and back. This is how most people drown here. Easily preventable. Also if you bring in it, bring it out. Pack your trash out. It's an easy to garner a lot of respect from strangers to rangers.
  • I did a loop that took me past buttermilk falls and around Crater Lake. It was a really nice trail. The beginning part of the trail is pretty steep, but after the first mile it's not too bad. Anyone that's in moderately good health would be fine.
  • A great camping location. Good facilities but I do wish they did a better job of getting the poison ivy out of the sites and away from the paths. Yes I know that's it's the outdoors and a park but just be in the lookout. Quiet and clean. No electric or water at the sites but there is a central location to charge and wash dishes. You can bring in your own wood but wood can be had for $5 for about 5 pieces. Enough for making s'mores! There is hiking nearby but bring any fun toys as there are not easy rentals that we found.

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