Once touted as a scenic wonder of the world, the Delaware Water Gap is a mile-long stretch of the Middle Delaware River that slices through two mountains. Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area includes the river and 67,000 pristine forested acres where you can enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, and water sports in one of the cleanest rivers in the country.
The water gap formed over 400 million years ago, after the continental plates collided, pushing up the Appalachian Mountains. Erosion from wind and streams eventually divided the Kittatinny Ridge, creating Mt. Minsi in Pennsylvania and Mt. Tammany in New Jersey. The Delaware Water Gap runs in between.
The mile-long water gap is a playground for boaters, kayakers, rafters, tubers, swimmers, and fishermen. Hikers can explore 27 miles of the Appalachian Trail that lie inside the park. For the adventurous, there’s rock climbing, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. At nearby Millbrook Village, open on summer weekends and during October’s “Millbrook Days,” you can experience how people lived in 1900. If those simpler times inspire you, set up camp in the park and watch soaring eagles by day and star-filled skies at night.
State:New Jersey, Pennsylvania
Category:National Recreation Area
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