Near the Delaware River, the Appalachian Trail offers magnificent mountain views from both sides of the river. A hike up Mount Minsi, just outside the Borough of Delaware Water Gap in Pennsylvania, offers a stellar view of Mount Tammany in New Jersey. Along the way, take a few moments to rest and refuel at Eureka Creek. Lush rhododendrons, rock scrambles and beautiful trail work provide the backdrop for this hike and there are plenty of places to take in all of the scenery that nature provides. Once in New Jersey, Dunnfield Creek is a particularly pretty spot with the added bonus of a loop hike option which combines the Appalachian Trail with the Dunnfield Creek Trail. At the connecting point of the two trails is Sunfish Pond, a 44-acre glacial lake situated in Worthington State Forest.
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is often referred to as the "People's Path." It is truly an outdoor experience for the many. With dozens of access points throughout the Delaware River region, the Appalachian Trail offers a wide range of opportunities. Dayhikers can set their sights on a variety of native wildflowers and birds, and also take in water features and geological formations. The very nature of the Trail offers a multitude of options for distance hikers, whether it's a weekend or much more. Shelters, backpacking sites and state parks offer a variety of options for planning a hike that's just right for you. Stop in to the official Appalachian Trail Communities of Wind Gap and Delaware Water Gap in Pennsylvania for an added taste of local culture and the very best of small-town America.
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is open year-round for hiking, birding, photography and much more. Each season brings its own flair and unique qualities from burgeoning wildflowers to ravishing fall foliage. Whether you enjoy the bustle of the trail in peak season, the solitude of a winter walk or anything in between, there's a season for everyone along the Appalachian Trail.
Much of the Appalachian Trail traverses rugged, steep terrain. However, there are sections that are significantly easier than others with gentler grades that are more easily traversed. For more information and to find the section that's best suited to you, contact your local Appalachian Trail Conservancy office.
Pet Friendly Notes
Take a walk on the Appalachian Trail on any given day and you're likely to meet at least a handful of canine hikers in addition to their human counterparts. The trail is open to pets. Please keep pets leashed and be respectful of other hikers.