Delaware Water Gap
National Recreation Area

After years of struggle, controversy and benign neglect, ways to offer interpretive looks at the rich history of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area are finally becoming reality.

Above: Mt. Tammany. The Delaware Water Gap NRA is the 14th most visted destination in the U.S.

Appropriately, the last exit off Interstate Route 80 in western New Jersey (map) places late model automobiles on the oldest commercial highway in the United States. In fact the Old Mine Road, which winds its way in various present day forms from New England to Philadelphia, follows an aboriginal trail along the Delaware River believed to be 8,000 years old. In American Colonial times dating from 1652, Dutch settlers carried copper ore from rich mines located near the Delaware Water Gap to Kingston, New York along the route. Houses along the road became vital refuges and forts for settlers during the French and Indian War. George Washington's soldiers used the road and John Adams and Ben Franklin were frequent travelers. During the mid 19th Century part of the Old Mine Road became links in the Underground Railroad. The highway's saga before 1850 back to 1612 and before recorded history is an incredibly rich legacy.

Today, 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 1750s, 1860s and the early 1900s. 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. In fact there are 90 sites in the DWGNRA that are on or eligible for the National Register being stabilized and restored for a wide variety of uses.

But unless they are well versed in local history, most of the 3 million annual visitors know the 70,000 acre Park- the largest recreation area in the eastern U.S.- only as a nice place to fish, hike, camp, or have a picnic. Although the recreational resources are well-known and enjoyed, some might wonder at the paucity of services available. A review of the most recent thirty years of history in this valley- that of the Park's early development- explains why the DWGNRA has remained somewhat of an enigma; and why the Park is now the subject of a $150 million program - the largest recreation area under development in eastern U.S., from a point below the Gap to the New York State border.

The National Recreation Area was originally conceived as an adjunct to "management" of the Delaware River. In 1960 the Army Corps of Engineers set upon a mission to build a dam 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 for use as a reservoir. A smaller surrounding recreation area, to make a more "cost effective" dam, would be administered by the National Park Service.

Tens of millions of dollars were appropriated and work began to prepare the area for flooding. Three to five thousand dwellings were demolished. Some fifteen thousand people were displaced, many of whom represented 300 years and 13 generations of history and culture in the Upper Delaware Valley. A serene region of farms, hamlets and villages along a free flowing river was systematically dismantled as part of a plan that was eventually shelved. There was passionate opposition from many corners to the government's agenda. Some of the more visible historical homes were temporarily spared only to be destroyed by squatters and arsonists. For 18 years the valley was the site of a bizarre free-for-all with an unpredictable outcome.

Finally, in 1978 the project was deemed economically & environmentally unsound, and the government, instead of selling back the remaining 83 homes to original owners, transferred the properties to the National Park Service. The Delaware River was placed under the protection of the Scenic Rivers Act.

From 1978 to 1983 a series of public hearings were held to decide what to do with the park. Finally the Land Protection Plan was created which evolved into the Park Service's General Management Plan. The plan was finalized from 1983 to 1987, and in 1988 $110 million in capital development funds were appropriated by Congress for developing the Park over the next 10 years. Meanwhile another 25 historic structures had fallen down, all improvement efforts were going towards recreational facilities such as boat launches, and a general aura of mistrust and disgust hampered any attempts to coordinate planning processes between the Park Service and surrounding communities.

Fortunately there were folks who chose to create alternatives and find a way to make certain that a government review after the year 2,000 would not result in a dam. In 1988 a Citizens Advisory Commission began overseeing the implementation of the ten year Federal development plan. Eleven members; one from each of the five counties surrounding the DWGNRA, four appointees by the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Governors and two "at large" Federal appointees; serve on the Commission. So far beaches, roads, boat launches, picnic areas and trails have been improved and cleaned up. The problem of "benign neglect" concerning the remaining historic structures is being addressed; over 113,000 historical and aboriginal artifacts have been catalogued and 1,200 historic sites have been identified within the Park. $400,000 a year has been appropriated and dedicated solely to historical stabilization on the New Jersey side of the National Recreation Area. A measure of good will with surrounding communities has been rekindled and a productive partnership with National Park Service has begun to emerge; one that will have to be emulated in situations all over the country where National Parks face a shortage of money and manpower.

A visit to the DWGNRA may soon be a very different experience than today. Under the Historic Property Leasing Program the Park Service can issue leases on structures in the Park for up to 99 years. Leasees provide capital investment in the structure and are issued special use permits. Uses might include an educational function, private residential use, or commercial use such as a general store. Properly publicized and administrated, this program could have far reaching effects on the Park. It is, however, a very tender balance of all the cultural and historical considerations that must be met. There is a huge amount of work to be done just to sort through the mountains of material that already exist with regard to the area's archaeological and cultural history. And to harmonize stepped-up promotion of the Park with concerns of the surrounding communities about maintenance, rateables, and multitudes of visitors will be a Herculean achievement. But the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area deserves as much. Most of the effort will come from dedicated volunteers; people that love the Park as much for what it was as for what it might become.

In And Around The Park

The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is a vista not only of scenery but also of things to do. Here are a few among the dozens of destinations within the Park on the New Jersey side:

Isaac Van Campen Inn
Originally built in 1750, the house has undergone a $500,000 restoration and is accessible to the public. The house was a rest stop along the Old Mine Road for the likes of John Adams, a friend of Isaac Van Campen and saw use as a fort in the French and Indian War.
Peters Valley Crafts Center
Peters Valley's mission as a non-profit educational organization is to foster an appreciation of traditional and contemporary crafts by providing programming for individuals to study, create and explore new ideas in a supportive environment. June, July and August provide a wide range of opportunities for students and visitors to enjoy workshops, evening lectures, studio tours, the Peters Valley Craft Store and Gallery and the annual Craft Fair.
Millbrook Village
A re-creation of a late 19th century rural community, Millbrook offers a self-guided walking tour about the buildings and life 100 years ago.
Pahaquarry Copper Mines
Scheduled for a major upgrade and expansion of parking and toilet facilities, visitors can walk to the historical mines at Pahaquarry.
Offers an open air concert area, a 50 site picnic area, concession food service and complete parking and comfort facilities.
Van Campens Glen
Picnic area on beautiful babbling brook
Boat launch, 6 car/boat trailer parking facility
Blue Mountain Lakes, Crater Lake
Trailhead parking, fishing, spectacular views.
Appalachian Trail
The famous path which runs from Maine to Georgia spends 25 of its miles in the Park.
Delaware River
Lest we forget what all the fuss is really all about, the Delaware River is in great shape. One of the cleanest and prettiest rivers in the East, the 37 miles in the Park is great for swimming, boating and fishing. There are several swimming beaches, boating access points every 8-10 miles. For fishermen the Delaware offers shad, smallmouth bass, walleye, eel, catfish and muskellunge.

Recreation sites in the Park are for day use only and over-night camping access is limited. However several nearby or adjoining private campgrounds offer visitors a variety of amenities with "backyard" access to the park:

Camp Taylor Campground
Columbia, NJ; 908-496-4333
Triple Brook Camping Resort
Hope, NJ; 908-459-4079

When you come to the Park don't forget that there are no gas stations, and complete comfort stations are far between (if you bring kids, bring toilet paper). Visitors are reminded that denigration or removal of artifacts from the DWGNRA is prohibited. Please be considerate of the Park's historical past.

For updated information on the status of park facilities, roads, and trails, call park headquarters on weekdays (570-426-2452). Updated information is also available on the park’s website, on Facebook, and Twitter.

Nearby accommodations and attractions

  • Franklin Mineral Museum
  • "The Fluorescent Mineral Capitol of the World" Fluorescent, local & worldwide minerals, fossils, artifacts, two-level mine replica. New activity "The Adventure Package" includes gem panning, fossil dig and rock collecting! Gift shop, picnic area. Open daily.

    32 Evans Street, Franklin 07416, 973/827-3481

  • Sterling Hill Mine Tour and Museum
  • Step Into Earth Science! Mining museum with underground mine tour and over 30 acres of indoor & outdoor displays and historical buildings. Recent additions include expanded fluorescent display at Thomas S. Warren Museum and the Million Dollar display at the Oreck Family Mineral Gallery. Gift shop with a collection of world wide minerals.

    30 Plant St., Ogdensburg 07439, 973/209-7212

  • Float the Wild Side on the Wallkill River
  • , Sussex

  • Sussex County Fairgrounds
  • There's always something fun happening at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. Visit our web site for a full year of family fun, right in your own backyard.

    27 Plains Road, Augusta 07822, 973/948-5500

  • Lakota Wolf Preserve
  • Come for the photo opportunities of a lifetime and the chance to watch and listen to packs of Tundra, Timber, and Arctic wolves near the Delaware Water Gap. Bobcats and foxes also reside at the preserve. Wolfwatches and guided photography or video sessions around each individual wolf compound.

    89 Mt Pleasant Rd, Columbia 07832, 1-877-SEEWOLF


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bobby jack
31 May 2016, 13:18
what is potato
Nick Homyak
03 Aug 2015, 05:44
More Law enforcement Rangers are definitely needed and a Title Change away from "recreation area" as the recreation exists naturally, to National Park.Perhaps this could instill even more concern for caring for our American Landscapes in their history and wildlife habitat. Here is work waiting to bloom in combating exotic invaders and improper behaviors within its realms. Love of Country is Love of the National Parks.Defend the resource put Dispatches phone number in your cell. 570-426-2457.
26 Nov 2013, 07:02
Thanks to the Save the Delaware Coalition for providing this DWGNRA for us, around a free-flowing Delaware River, and not a reservoir that would have inundated these beautiful lands and sites.\r\n\r\n"Never have so many owed so much to so few." Winston Chruchill
16 Jul 2013, 13:54
In the 70s my friends Dad had access to a cabin called Camp Shadow which sat on a high bluff (jersey side)right over the river just south of Namanock Island. This island is the next one south of Minisink and is quite large. About 5 miles south of rt.206 There used tobe a home on Old mine rd on the left side which was our landmark to turn right down the dirt road thru a thick forest. There were quite a few cabins in this area including some in the field where the day use parking is now. Our cabin was just uphill from 2-3 others that were right at a small clearing where we'd park the cars.That clearing is still there north side of the ravine access for launching canoes etc. Anyone else spend time at these cabins near Namanock Island ? We will always be bitter about the Gov tearing down the cabins and forever changing a wonderful summertime and winter time spot. I still go back though and without the cabins it still has the magic of the old days. It is now a picnic day use area.
Christopher Breeze
24 Mar 2013, 13:35
I attended Boy Scout Camp Pahaquarra in 1963-64-65 with Troop 88 out of Princeton, NJ. This was THE greatest Boy Scout camp in the world, bar none.\r\nFrom canoe trips through the Delaware Water Gapo to groping around in the old copper mines ( that were off limits, but heman, we were boys, what do you expect ) My father William Breeze was one of the scoutmasters, he was working at RCA at the time. I did a mile swim in the Delaware, received my first aid, life saving, swimming, cooking, canoeing and rowing merit badges. We learned how to track, ID animal and foliage life and things that would stay with me the rest of my life. We moved to Los Angeles in 1966 so I never saw the obliteration of Pahaquarra ( the camp staff always said that wast he Native American term for "We Need Money" ) and I am glad I did not, as it brings sadness to me some 50 years later and always will.
Frank Aceto
20 Aug 2012, 12:38
In 1956 I had the distinct privilege and good fortune to Name, develop and create the largest public Northeastern Recreational Developments in the United States, on which I built and created a Lake that I named BLUE MOUNTAIN Lakes.This beautiful 10,000 acres of Virgin Mt. area, located along the famous historic APPALACHIAN TRAIL. was better known as the Blue Mountain range.\r\n\r\nDuring the CIVIL WAR the area was nationally recognized as the most famous escape route by which Southern Negro Salves could escape from their captivity from ruthless Southern Plantation owners.\r\n \r\nNow after having been acquired by the United States National Conservation Department it is internationally Known as THE BLUE MOUNTAIN (Tocks Island) State Park,\r\n\r\n
08 Aug 2012, 14:41
looking for information about the many small cemeteries in the park- both family and "public"
01 Jul 2012, 16:48
where is the best place can we go to cookout and swim with tubes or floats at the delaware water gap
29 May 2012, 07:08
planning to bring my family for visiting scenic places within delaware only for a day.can u please guide me on which locations should i be visiting and the exact route i would need to take coming from central nj
08 May 2012, 14:37
Heya terrific article , Many thanks giving these details
01 May 2012, 16:35
My grandparents owned a cabin on the Delaware River (what is now called the Delaware Water Gap)from the 50's up until 1972. My family moved to California in the early sixties and I still remember with such great fondness my summers spent back at their cabin on the Delaware--wood buring stove, outhouse and all. My grandmother died in 1972 and my grandfather was tired of the efforts to get rid of the private owners so he sold the property knowing that without his wife, he probably would have no disire to go anymore. I went back there the last time I was in New Jersey and tried to locate where that cabin was. There are really no defining characteristics, but the area is just so beautiful, the smells, the sights, all of it. We used to have to wear our old sneakers in the water so that we wouldn't slip and cut our feet on the slippery granite. There was an old church near a bend in the river that we would walk down the Old Mine Road to get to on a Sunday. There was a nearby farm that grew wheat and I remember the rolled bales of hay and the old style silos. I couldn't find where it had been. But the weir gate that I foundly remember swimming around and crossing was still there. There was always a case of poison ivy every summer. I just LOVE that place. Whenever I think of heaven, that is the image I conjure in my mind.
29 Nov 2011, 05:11
Addendum to yesterday's post;Re: cabin camping.While not technically in the gap,really the best cabin camping for this time of year is at Jenny Jump State Forest.Bunks for 4-6 people per cabin with wood burning stoves.See
28 Nov 2011, 13:22
I too have been going to the Gap for over 50 years. I went to summer Boy Scout Camp Pahaquarra in '65. To Eric Walsh(8/12/2010)I did not know about the marker/monument at the AT trailhead in DWG,however the man's name was Antoine Dutot (see:the Dutot museum in DWG Boro)I have heard many erroneous stories regarding the train wreck over the years.The late Northampton County historian James Wright who had a recurring column in the Express(-Times)did a very informative story on the wreck.By the time I look it up from my files and post a link here, you can probably Google it.Years ago, I dove that spot with a diving club and all that remains to this day are some remnants of a box car in less than 20' of water. I'm with you on the church aspect-you can not feel closer to the creator than in the natural world, either imagining how it was eons ago before humans or even when the original native Americans lived there.To all who commented/asked about camping;Michael R (10/28/08)& Jody (9/23/08)& Pat(4/15/09) Worthington State Forest has the best (primitive) campsites w/amenities(Toilets & showers)but are open April 1 to Dec 30.Stokes State Forest is open year round and has both cabins(4/1-12/15 w/restrictions) & enclosed lean-to's(year-round) with wood burning stoves(great for those snowy winter nights)Regarding Delaware Family campground-very 'busy' & crowded(also with small, close together cabins)only open 4/1-10/31)-On the PA side of the DWGNRA is Dingmans Campground open all year at about $10.oo more per night than Worth or Stokes.The other commercial campgrounds in the area,IMHO are not worth mentioning.To: Kelly(4/17/08)& Debbie Biase(4/4/08)YES there are 2 Buttermilk Falls (1 is on the PA side)the spectacular one is just beyond Walpack Center(follow the road into & out of W.C & you'll find it) It has a marvellous staircase, built by volunteers that will take you to the top of the falls. You'll need to be in pretty good shape for this climb!For a treat, attend a meeting of the Walpack historical Society some Sunday. To: Doug (7/09/08)Re: Tillman Ravine, don't miss a visit to the tea cup in summer, especially if you have little ones & have their bathing suits ready!Finally, The Van Campen Inn, along Old Mine Road is open on Sundays in the summer and Oct.15th is Van Campen Day with costumed period re-enactors,soldiers, music, food and guided tours and hikes. It's absolutely fantastic to see how this bldg. was completely restored. Unfortunately, due to storm damage, VC day was cancelled for 2011. Hope to see you there next year.I'd be glad to discuss,reminisce or engage in any other activity within the Gap with like-minded individuals. Just leave a message here.
mike Palmer
27 Nov 2011, 17:05
Pls provide information/ contact on leasing cliff park inn. Thanks
John Campbell
15 Sep 2011, 08:22
can you give me some information about kayaking in the blue mountian area Reading was told to be a good place but were , I have a recreational boat. thank you . John
27 Jul 2011, 12:00
hello, i travel this rd from milford bridge, daily. i feel it is a 'time warp', but have never been 'afaid'. there is an 'energy' there for sure. the cemetary (the one i visit), i leave a few little things for the child buried there. its peaceful and serene, peace~
16 May 2011, 14:54
i plan to bring my family for visiting scenic places within delaware only for a day.can u please guide me on which locations should i be visiting and the exact route i would need to take
24 Aug 2010, 06:39
QUOTE:Jasmine\r\n21 May 2010, 06:52 \r\nare you all tree huggers?? \r\n\r\nIs that not a good thing these days? Most of us are just good people who want to preserve this great land of ours. Looking forward to some hiking & fishing in the Gap.
eric wash
12 Aug 2010, 19:36
I live in cherry valley which is right along the park. I fish and hike the river and appallachian trail for the last 30 years and one thing people dont mention is that the town of water gap was founded by a man by the name of Antion Tutot who escaped the slave insurection in Haiti in the 1750's and settled in the Gap and started a settlement called Tutotesville.He built a school, homes, market, and the roads after his death-He is buried in the gap and there is a monument that tells the story of his life-at the head of the AT in the gap.I hike the trail 3 to4 days a week year round with my dogs and I think of it as my church Eric Ps right in the point of the gap a train derailed many years ago and the railroad cars are stil there in 50 to 60 ft of water great spot to fish,also right under the toll bridge-for small mouths. Enjoy & see you there.
02 Aug 2010, 10:23
I'd like some information on the leasing program. Is it still in effect, and what would a private resident have to do to get a lease. Also, what types of properties are available for lease?\r\n\r\nPlease respond privately to the email above.\r\n\r\nThank you,\r\nAllison
Pete Jones
19 Jul 2010, 13:16
I am interested in fishing guide services for the Delaware Water Gap area. Would like to do some smallmouth bass fishing. Any recommendations would be appreciated.\r\n
06 Jul 2010, 06:32
where is the best place for a family to spend the day for swimming?
PseudoRanger M
23 May 2010, 17:46
It is truly amazing to think of all the people who have come through this area over the course of thousands of years. I am honored to say that I live less than 15 minutes away from Millbrook Village, yet every time I make it up the hill that leads to the valley below I get chills up my spine knowing the rich history and beauty that lies in wait. Over the years I have befriended countless people from all walks of life who share a deep love for this magic place.\r\n\r\nIf you are visiting the area please enjoy yourself but be respectful of the area and others around you. If you and your party come here and act like a bunch of ignorant, destructive loud mouthes just looking to break stuff and litter you will run in to some "locals" like myself ( well, "regulars" is more like it :) who will teach you a lesson you won't soon forget. Such jerks have in the past had their cars broken into, keyed, even flipped over (not that I had anything to do with that of course!) A few have even left with black eyes and soar jaw bones as souvenirs. And if we don't get you, the ghosts of the valley will! \r\n\r\nHowever, if you are cool, we will be more than happy to share what we know about the area with you, maybe even show you a few of our secret spots if we really like you. We are like a family, and the valley is like a second home to us. Do drop in sometime. Bring some bud and beer, but don't litter!
21 May 2010, 06:52
are you all tree huggers??
17 May 2010, 14:28
hello!i'm actually doing a project on this park and it will be very helpful if you can tell if your vist here was a compelete happy vaction or a toally nightmare.thank you this is a school project.i would also like if you could tell me how this has avitestement[sorry if my spelling is wrong]has avitestes you.thank you again...
10 May 2010, 05:45
luv all the animals
19 Feb 2010, 10:21
what are human impacts at the thing
05 Feb 2010, 12:44
jimmy from your pic it looks like a shad
10 Dec 2009, 18:35
GPS Coordinates sorry I missed spelled that
10 Dec 2009, 18:28
I was wondering if anyone has the GPS cordinance for any of the Indian sites in NJ.
ralph a. applegate
21 Oct 2009, 21:58
I am interested in all or anything, especially history of French and Indian War ?
18 Oct 2009, 12:24
heres a picture of it\r\n\r\n
18 Oct 2009, 12:18
can someone please tell me all the fish that run in the delaware. I caught a fish this weekend and not sure what it is. Has the body color and scales of a carp, but the head and mouth was big and round.. not like a trout or bass. Any ideas? thanx!
Glenn lucas
01 Oct 2009, 09:01
I've been visiting the Water Gap since 1975. seen changes over time. all of them good. hiked most of the park with my late wife. Don't think i would enjoy vacationing any where else. Been all over the country. Live in south jersey and always thinking about great times in the Gap. anyone reading this who has not been there- GO!!!
Hector H. Suarez
28 Aug 2009, 08:28
I've just came from the Dealware Gap and I love it!
30 Apr 2009, 16:34
Hello\r\n\r\nAre there any ecosystems similar to the delaware water gap national recreation area? Please answer back anyone\r\n\r\nthank you
24 Apr 2009, 11:50
planning to go to the del water gap early sunday morning..wondering if dogs are allowed?.. to me its the most important piece of info missing... i love to go places where my boy can spend time as well...
15 Apr 2009, 16:45
the gap is open year round campsites are available from memorial day till november\r\n
06 Apr 2009, 16:54
Can you tell me when will del water gap open?
25 Mar 2009, 21:31
what is the story w black bears here?are they all over?dangers?what is the chance of seeing one?im new ,thanks
17 Mar 2009, 09:47
PLEASE reopen the boat launch at the gap.
10 Dec 2008, 13:09
the route I believe is route 615. it runs along little flatbrook. Yhey closed all the bridges that cross flatbrook along the river just wondering why thanks all
10 Dec 2008, 13:03
I was wondering if anyone knows why the bridges along I believe rote are now closed. it is the road that goes through a small town called layton. About ten miles north of the walpack Inn. Any info would be helpful. I used to walk across those bridges to hike,hunt and fish\r\n\r\nThanks brendon
18 Nov 2008, 12:01
I was doing a report and this was good help.
Michael R
28 Oct 2008, 11:36
Im looking for a cabin for mid november in the area of the Gap. looks like all the state parks with them have just closed them. A Privatly owned one would be fine.\r\n Any recommendations?
26 Oct 2008, 11:13
Is it Isaac Van Campen or Abraham Van Campen? Both appear in above text.
21 Oct 2008, 12:56
The louvers on the windows of many of the houses in the park are to allow for air flow to prevent mold growth and better preservation while allowing protection from vandals.
01 Oct 2008, 18:07
PLEASE reopen the boat launch at the gap. This is one of the best places to fish on the river. Some years ago the state stocked walleye and they are reproducing. It's a shame everyone can't enjoy this natural treasure. By the way I saw 2 beautiful black bears (Mother and cub) on monday along old mine road. That was something.
23 Sep 2008, 00:57
For some great trout fishing, try RT191 in PA around Analomink. There's a great fishin stream there, but, i beleive part of it is owned by a fishing club. Haven't been there in many yrs., so I can't give exact location,but, ask around. Seek & you shall find!! Good Luck!!
23 Sep 2008, 00:46
I LOVE the Gap. Been going there for over 40 yrs. If you're new at camping & have kids &,or pets, the best place to go is the Delaware River Family Campground. They have everything you need there.Located right on the river in Delaware,NJ, on RT.46. Next to Marshall's Farm Market.Lots to do there. There's also a great place for shad fishing on RT.46.It used to be called King Cole Grove(a burger place/bar),But, I think they closed it down.But, you can still park there and walk down to the river & fish! They actually put picnic tables right in the river,and fish for shad with those bow & arrow fishing poles.They only do it a certain time of year. I'm not sure if it's Spring or Fall. Never did it, but, it looks like fun!And, all this is only about 10 mins. drive to Old Copper Mine Road.Last exit in NJ,on RT.80, before toll bridge into PA.I know many great spots off that rd. But, if I tell you, that would take all the fun & adventure out of it. Go explore. Like I said, been going for 40 sumpin'yrs.& I'm still finding new spots.OK, one hint. Van Campens Glen.Hike the trail to the 1st&2nd water falls.Absolutely beautiful any time of year.Some good trout fishing spots down that road,too! Explore for yourself. Greatexperiences for kids.It'll last a lifetime!! LOVE IT
30 Aug 2008, 11:14
Driving along Rte209 I noticed a house at about milepost 17.6 which has louvers on the previous windows.\r\nWhat is that for? Is it a Bat haven?
26 Aug 2008, 06:41
Christy,\r\n\r\nYes, there is 1 big bathroom called the woods.
16 Aug 2008, 18:04
Are there any bathrooms
12 Aug 2008, 12:04
I grew up in Stroudsburg and my parents still live there. This summer, my boyfriend introduced me to the joys of fishing and we are planning a trip to the Pocono's soon. I would love to impress him with some awesome fishing spots but I don't know where specifically?! If you guys can share with me some of your favorite spots, I'd be so grateful! And I promise to keep them a secret! Thanks!
joe henderson
10 Aug 2008, 15:59
i want to know about good fishing in the ares
Marius Bressoud
02 Aug 2008, 13:05
Once again, when is the Van Campen house open?
01 Aug 2008, 09:28
Looking to take my family, wife and 4 kids campings at delaware water gap. never went there before. Could anyone give me any info on where is a good place to set up camp and be close to activities and what activities are there? Thanks everyone!
22 Jul 2008, 17:21
looking to set up a tent and have a fun filled natural weekend. where can I go around Old Mine Rd. Went there years ago when it was going to be flooded. \r\nWant to stay the weekend but don't know the layout\r\nplease advise
09 Jul 2008, 13:14
Buttermilk Falls From town of Branchville take rt 206 west toward Milford PA. Pass Stokes State forest headquarters. Make a left onto Strubble RD. Follow signs for Tillmans Ravine. About 4 miles from rt206, Strubble Rd \r\n Once you are on Strubble road, follow the signs for Tillmans Ravine You will see two parking lots with the Tillmans Ravine sign in front. Countinue on past them. You will come to a stop sign with a cemetery in front. Make a Sharp left and follow the dirt road down. Parking is on the right. FYI if you come to a green Steel bridge you went to far. \r\n
09 Jun 2008, 08:42
Uasia, the name? some of this may cause some eyebrows but here goes (for the "National Park and Recreation Area" part of the name)...the short version... Around the 70's,the gov't condemned the land and STOLE it from the people to make Tock's Island Dam. The people fought it and a reporter investigated and found the NJ/PA governors were in cahoots. The dam was stopped, but what to do w/ all that land? Some was sold to private companies, some is a national & state park. A few of the orginal owners I knew, never got the land back. As for the Delaware Water Gap part. The Delaware Indians lived there and Delaware River was a glacier that melted and formed the gap.
uasia jackson
23 May 2008, 14:39
who named it delaware water gap natinal area\r\n
Junior Perry
17 May 2008, 08:00
I am bringing a group of sixty to the Water Gap. Where can I find information about picnic areas and activities for teens and preteens.
27 Apr 2008, 19:12
Hello,\r\nI'm going fishing Wed. with my brother for the first time on the delaware for shad. We love fishing. Please any good spots in NJ along the river to fish. Any suggestions would greatly be appreciate it. Thanks
Diana Thomas
23 Apr 2008, 09:23
I've tried on a number of occasions over the past 2 weeks or more to talk to someone regarding the use of an area in the park for a Corporate picnic. There was always no answer. \r\n\r\nWe are trying to set up something for our people coming from PA and the rest of our group from NJ to meet somewhere in the middle and have the space and activities for all to enjoy.\r\n\r\n\r\nWould someone please contact me at the number below.\r\n\r\nThank you for your help in this matter!\r\n\r\nDiana Thomas\r\nDun & Bradstreet, Inc.\r\n973.921.5744
23 Apr 2008, 07:18
Looking for a few good locations to do some quality trout fishing not to crowdes, willing to walk to fish to get away from the crowds at the Delaware Water Gap. If you have any suggestions please email me.
18 Apr 2008, 11:21
Thanks Kelly! This is EXACTLY what I'm looking for! I want to take my 2&1/2 yr old grandson...He'll love it & I didn't want to get lost & be driving around for hours...Thank you so much! Have a FABULOUS weekend!\r\n Debbie
17 Apr 2008, 20:45
To Debbie Biase,\r\nR u looking 4 Buttermilk Falls Road? The is a small waterfall there named Buttermilk Falls. I do not think there r any signs. I just know where it is.I think it's in the town of "Shawnee on Delaware". Which is next to the TOWN of Del water Gap. AND the TOWN is IN the Del Water Gap Nat PArk. from NJ take 80 W. to the toll bridge,go to the 2nd exit in PA, to Route 209 North exit( sorry dont no the exit #, they changed um) go about 1 mile, I think there is a new light there. turn r onto Buttermilk Falls Road. and the Falls is on the Left and sits back in. There is a Shawnee Timeshare building and parking lot. U can park there, They might have more info on the Falls.It does not look very big from the rd.
Brittany Lee
17 Apr 2008, 07:20
Thanks for all your help. I needed info on the Delaware river for my school paper!! I got an A on it!
11 Apr 2008, 18:19
Good day, \r\n\r\nWhere is a field most of the amatuer astronomers use?\r\n\r\nThanks for your help.
04 Apr 2008, 09:03
Where can I find the best road biking in the park?
Debbie Biase
04 Apr 2008, 06:29
Hi! I'm looking for directions to Buttermilk Falls in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Arera alongside a gravel road south of Walpack Center. I don't know the town it is in so I am having no luck with mapquest. I live in Berkeley Hts (near Summit) NJ. Can anyone help?\r\n THANKS!!!
03 Apr 2008, 16:17
what can you tell me about paint springs that lies within Worthington Forest?\r\n\r\nthanks,
JIm Bacskai
30 Mar 2008, 11:15
I am looking for info on what fish and where they are on the Delaware River. Are there any hot spots for smallmouth bass, muskies, etc., around and south of the Gap? I kayak around Belvedere right now.
20 Mar 2008, 07:57
Good day,\r\nAre there any limitations regarding dogs on the trails?\r\nThank you.
Lois Hamler
09 Mar 2008, 18:21
This is a question:\r\n\r\nWhen is the Van Campen House open to visitors?\r\n\r\nLois
Gerry Flynn
10 Feb 2008, 20:12
Greetings\r\n\r\nIs there any information available about the TWO-PONDS - Tumbling Waters Trail, Fossil Trail, and Sunrise Scenic George Trail? . They appear to start at the Pocono Environmental Education Center, however I canot find any of these on my maps.\r\n\r\nThank you

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