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Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
The Delaware River on the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border, from East Stroudsburg to Milford
The recreation area contains 70,000 acres of forest along a 40-mi stretch of the Delaware River; the geologically significant "water gap," a mile-wide cut in the Kittatinny Ridge created by the Delaware River; and thousands of acres of woodland open to hiking and other recreational activities. One of the last free-flowing rivers on the East Coast, the river is home to threatened and endangered plants and animals. Significant prehistoric and historic sites are located throughout the park. The park was authorized on September 1, 1965.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Boating, canoeing (rentals), cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, hunting, picnicking, snowshoeing, swimming. Facilities: 3 visitor centers: Kittatinny Point (off Exit 1, 1-80 in New Jersey), Bushkill (U.S. 209), Dingmans Falls (U.S. 209); Millbrook Village (Old Mine Rd., NJ side); beaches, trails, roadside radio interpretation, bulletin boards. Picnic areas with tables but no fire rings or pits. Programs & Events: Nature study programs (weekends, Pocono Environmental Education Center, 5 mi south of Dingmans Visitor Center). Guided hikes, children's programs, waterfall walks, campfire programs (June-Sept., weekends); cultural history demonstrations (May-Oct., weekends; Millbrook Village). Delaware River Sojourn (mid- to late June); Peters Valley Craft Fair (last weekend, Sept.); Millbrook Days Folk Life Festival (1st full weekend, Oct.); Van Campen Day (3rd Sun., Oct.). Tips & Hints: Bring your own cookstove. Go in fall for hawk-watching, winter for eagles. Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Jan. and Feb.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: In the park: Worthington State Forest Campground (Old Mine Rd., tel. 908/841-9575; 69 sites; $15; flush toilets, showers; closed Jan.-Mar.). Backcountry camping for Appalachian Trail users only. Hotels: None in park. In Stroudsburg: Echo Valley Cottages (1 Lower Lakeview Dr., tel. 570/223-0662; 9 cottages; $150-$250 weekly). X Restaurants: None in park. In Stroudsburg: Arlington Diner (834 N. 9th St., tel. 570/421-2329; $6-$12). 6 Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Delaware Water Gap: Pack Shack Adventures (88 Broad St., tel. 570/424-8522). In West Hazleton: Weis Market (100 Weis La., tel. 570/455-0612).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Free. Smithfield and Milford beaches: $7 weekends, $5 weekdays per vehicle. No pets in Worthington State Forest Campground, leashed pets only elsewhere. Bicycling in designated areas only. Pedestrian traffic only on trails. No ground fires. Kittatinny Point Visitor Center open May-Oct., daily 9-5; Nov.-Apr., weekends 9-4:30. Dingmans Falls Visitor Center closed until mid-2004. Bushkill Visitor Center open May-Oct., daily 9-5. Millbrook Village open May-Oct., Fri.-Sun. 9-5.
HOW TO GET THERE
The recreation area is on the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border from I-80 (Delaware Water Gap) to 1-84 (just north of Milford). Closest airport: Lehigh Valley International Airport near Allentown (44 mi from town of Delaware Water Gap).
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (River Rd., Bushkill, PA 18324, tel. 570/588-2451, fax 570/588-2780, www.nps.gov/dewa). Kittatinny Point Visitor Center (tel. 908/496-4458). Dingman s Falls Visitor Center (tel. 570/828-7802). Bushkill Visitor Center (tel. 570/ 588-7044).
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Basic information for visitors wanting to see the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The Delaware River on the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border, from East Stroudsburg to Milford