Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is preserved 70,000 acres (28,000 ha) of land along the Delaware River’s New Jersey and Pennsylvania shores, stretching from the Delaware Water Gap northward almost to the New York state line.
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 was originally conceived as part of a plan to build a dam on the Delaware River at Tocks Island, just north of the Water Gap. This dam would control water levels for hydroelectric power generation and create a 37 mile lake in the center of present park for use as a reservoir. Starting in 1960, the present day area of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area was acquired for the Army Corps of Engineers through eminent domain.
At the south end of the park, the river cuts eastward through the Appalachian Mountains at the scenic Delaware Water Gap. 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. Fishing and hunting are permitted in season with state licenses. The park hosts significant Native American archaeological sites, and a number of structures remain from early Dutch settlement during the colonial period.
Visitors entering the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DWGNRA) on the Old Mine Road pass over a wealth of aboriginal and pre-Colonial archaeological resources. They pass beneath hills containing the remnants of copper mines that were productive during the 1750’s, 1860’s and the early 1900’s. They pass the Abraham Van Campen house, built in 1725 and reputed to be the oldest in Warren County – once used as one of the forts on Ben Franklin’s Philadelphia frontier in the French and Indian War. They pass cemeteries from the Revolutionary & Civil Wars overrun by weeds.
The recreation area runs from the northeastern outskirts of Milford, Pennsylvania (250 miles (400 km) above the Delaware’s mouth into the Atlantic Ocean), roughly southwest to near Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania (approximately 210 miles (340 km) above the Delaware’s mouth). It is located in parts of Sussex and Warren counties in New Jersey, and Monroe, Northampton, and Pike counties in Pennsylvania. The Appalachian Trail runs along much of the eastern boundary.
Things to do
Here are some of the choices of activities , visitors can experience when traveling to Delaware Water Gap NRA : camping, hiking, bicycling, mountain climbing, swimming, canoeing, tubing, fishing, hunting, auto touring, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, wildlife viewing, guided tour. Also there are more 25 miles of the Appalachian Trail within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area so getting bored is not gonna be an issue on this trip .