Delaware Water Gap
National Recreation Area and Middle Delaware National Scenic River
Bushkill, PA 18324-9999
Visitor Information - HQ
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Explore a River and its
For 40 miles the Middle Delaware River
passes between low forested mountains with barely a house in
sight. Then the river cuts through the mountain ridge to form the
famed "Water Gap." Exiting the park, the river will run
200 miles more to Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean at
YOURS TO EXPLORE ...
- 40 miles of calm river
- 67,000 acres of valley the world-famous
- 100 miles of trails along streams, ridges,
27 miles of the Appalachian Trail
- bountiful wildlife
- hemlock and rhododendron ravines
- 200 miles of scenic roadways
- historic villages
- 200 structures from the valley's
- colonial and recent past
- a park formed by a river's might
- and a people's conservation conviction
Things to Do
The Delaware River is the primary focus of
recreational activity in the park with canoeing, kayaking.
boating, fishing, and swimming. In addition, the recreation area
offers more 100 miles of hiking trails, including more than 27
miles of the Appalachian Trail.
Also popular are biking, cross-country
skiing, horse backing riding rock climbing, and the quieter
pursuits of picnicking, eagle-watching, and auto-touring the
scenic countryside. Hunting is permitted in most parts of the
recreation area. These and other activities are detailed under
More to Do Outdoors.
Within the park are many structures and
landscapes that represent the history of the Delaware Valley. In
summer, demonstrations and programs enliven the park's Historic
Places to Go.
Craft demonstrations and house tours
on weekends in summer.
Annual Special Events
Historic Activities Day on a weekday in late May. Open
to schools only, not the general public.
Millbrook Days on the first weekend that is fully in
"Octivities" (autumn activities for children) on
a Saturday in October
Victorian Holidays on a weekend in early December
Maple Sugaring on a Saturday in early March
Park Calendar of Events
Spangenburg Cabin, a log cabin near the parking lot, contains
exhibits and information.
Restrooms, water, parking; hiking trails nearby.
Historic Houses of Montague NJ
Montague Association for the Restoration of
Community History (M.A.R.C.H.), staffs Foster-Armstrong and Nelden-Roberts
Houses with volunteer guides from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on
Sundays during summer months. Both sites are also available for
tours by appointment from January through October.
(circa 1790) is often the site for special programs, speakers, and
holiday weekends. The house is usually open also on the 2nd and
4th Wednesday morning of each month. Call to confirm hours (973)
Foster-Armstrong House is located at 320
River Road/Route 521, just north of the New Jersey end of the
Route 206 (Milford-Montague) bridge.
hosts special events on selected Sundays in summer. See the
Calendar of Events for details.
Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse is located at 501
Route 206, just south of the New Jersey end of the Route 206
For more information, contact:
P.O. Box 1101
Montague NJ 07827
or call (973) 293-3106
Walpack Center & Van Campen Inn NJ
Walpack Center NJ/Walpack Historical Society
Walpack Center NJ is an authentic example of a local valley
village. Now used for park housing, storage, and offices, its
commercial and social life have dwindled, but it retains many
original structures, including the village church, in a virtually
unaltered 19th century landscape. The village's Main (and only)
Street intersects NPS Rt. 615 about 4 miles south of Peters Valley
Walpack Historical Society maintains an office and small
museum in the old village post office (above, right). For
hours and more information, contact the society at (973)
948-6671. Additional information on the village is contained
in the park bulletin on
Military Trail at the right.
Van Campen Inn/Van Campen Day
Built around 1746, Van Campen Inn (above, middle) is one of the
oldest homes in the recreation area, and has been restored by the
National Park Service. Van Campen Inn is located 5 miles south of
Peters Valley NJ, on the original roadbed of Old Mine Road. (The
roadbed is dirt but is passable for cars.) Walpack Historical
Society opens this house on Sundays in summer. Hours may vary.
Van Campen Day
is a yearly event, usually planned for the third Sunday in
October. (Check the Park Calendar of Events for the exact date)
The celebration can includes tours of the inn, hikes along
Military Trail, craft demonstrations, and an army encampment, all
on the grounds of Van Campen Inn.
Van Campen Inn and Walpack Center
are about 10 miles away by car, but they are only a mile away from
each other via a section of Military Road, a colonial
supply route which once ran from Van Campen Inn on Old Mine Road
east to Elizabeth NJ. A section of Military Road, called Military
Trail, climbs up and over Walpack Ridge and makes an
interesting and short history hike between Van Campen Inn and
Walpack Center. For a trail guide, please link to the park
bulletin at the right.
Places to Picnic
- George W. Childs Recreation Site
- Hidden Lake Recreation Site
- Kittatinney Point Visitor Center
- Milford Beach
- Millbrook Village
- Smithfield Beach
- Toms Creek
- Van Campens Glen Recreation Site
- Watergate Recreation Site
The recreation area encompasses 67,000 acres
of mountain ridge, forest, and floodplain on both sides of the
Delaware River in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Among
the more surprising species of animals in the park are black bear,
timber rattlesnakes, bald eagles, and, recently, nesting peregrine
falcons. Ecosystems include hemlock ravines with bountiful rhododendron and ridge tops with prickly pear
Forty miles of the Middle Delaware River are
within the park, as well as trout streams, lakes, ponds, and some
of the highest waterfalls of either state. Water quality is
exceptional in this section of the valley. The river's path
through the mountains includes the S-curves of Walpack Bend and
the Delaware Water Gap.
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