“A major vacation haven”
About two hours from New York City or Philadelphia is a 40-mile river valley. Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area encompasses nearly 70,000 acres along the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. At the southern end of this park the river cuts an S-shaped pass through the mountains, forming the Delaware Water Gap.
Millions of years of uplift, erosion, and glacial activity gave us the Water Gap, lakes, streams that flow through hemlock- and rhododendron-laced ravines, and the waterfalls that pour off the Pocono Plateau. The crisp, cool air around the waterfalls is refreshing, especially in summer.
In the 1800s resorts flourished throughout the region where city dwellers arrived by carriage or rail, often spending the entire summer away from the urban heat. The Water Gap became a scenic wonder for fashionable travelers.
Today the river and its valley remain a major vacation haven. Although transportation and the lengths of stay may have changed, many who remember family trips, summer camp, or their honeymoon return to reminisce at a favorite site in the park. In 1965 Congress established Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area to preserve this natural and historic area. Enjoy this rural vacationland.
This is only 2 hours from NYC and Philadelphia and it's a great weekend getaway. The Bushkill hiking trail is a bit touristy, but Dingman's trail is pretty fun. The three overlooks though are pretty disappointing, and not really worth stopping at. Best way to enjoy the Gap: On the water, with a float, canoe or kayak. There's paid parking and free camping (first come, first served). WARNING: Don't go in the river if it's muddy or if the river is high after rains, it's very, very dangerous and people die in it more often than you'd think. Aside from that, enjoy! :)
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