Paddlers slip down the river between low, forested mountains; anglers wade the trout streams; hikers scan the valley from the ridge or peer into the 1000-foot-deep Water Gap. The valley has known human hand and voice for 10,000 years. Floodplains nourished the Native farmer; waterfalls drew the Victorian vacationer. Today, a 70,000-acre park welcomes those who seek the outdoors close to home.
With nearly 70,000 of parklands to explore, how do you decide where to start? Here are some suggestions to help you discover what interests you most.
- All visitor centers offer park information and brochures. Some have exhibits, offer programs, passport cancelation stamps and other services.
- No trip would be complete without a stop the spectacular Delaware Water Gap, a vacationers' icon for over a century. Millbrook Village is a collection of historic and other buildings that let you explore life in the valley during the late 1800s.
- The Middle Delaware River is the essence of the valley. Enjoy a dip at one of three lifeguarded swim beaches or launch your boat or just enjoy the view at one of the numerous river accesses.
- Numerous waterfalls plunge from the higher elevations, providing cool oases during the summer and spectacular ice walls in the winter.
- Enjoy the view from a scenic vista, hike to Sunfish Pond, or hike one of the numerous park trails.
- Enjoy a leisurely drive or bike ride along the scenic and historic Old Mine Road.
- Enjoy a lunch or a snack at one of the park picnic areas.
- Purchase water bottles, walking sticks, t-shirts, light snacks, books, magnets, pins, maps, and other items that will help you enjoy and remember your trip at one of the park bookstores.
Hiking trails are accessible year-round. The two main visitor centers (Dingmans Falls and Kittatinny Point) are open seasonally. Please check the website for more updates at: www.nps.gov/dewa .
FeesNo entrance fee is charged. However, expanded amenity fees are charged at the swim beaches and some boat accesses. See www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/fees.htm for more details.
Kittatinny Point Visitor Center
Accessible parking, information, picnic terrace to view the river, restrooms.
Dingmans Falls Visitor Center
Accessible parking, information, and restrooms (outdoor toilets only for all).
A boat loading ramp is available at Smithfield Beach for the mobility-impaired. The ramp provides access to trailer-mounted boats. Assistance is then needed to lower the boat into the water.
Group and River Camping
Valley View PA Site 1 (group campsite) is accessible.
A pier at Loch Lomond Picnic Area is accesible to the mobility-impaired.
Accessible parking may be found at Resort Point, Point of Gap, and Arrow Island, all of which are scenic overlooks located along Route 611.
Accessible parking, restrooms, and picnic sites may be found at George W. Childs Park, Milford Beach, Toms Creek, Smithfield Beach, Hialeah Picnic Area, Watergate Recreation Site, and Kittatinny Point.
Group Picnic Site
There is a reservable Group Picnic Area at Milford Beach.
Accessible parking, restrooms, and bathhouses may be found at Milford and Smithfield Beaches. Assistance is needed to the swimming area or launch areas at these sites.
Dingmans Creek Trail
The Dingmans Falls Trail is a flat boardwalk to the base of the falls, about 1/2 mile long, that is accessible to strollers and wheelchair users.
McDade Recreational Trail
Portions of McDade Trail are accessible to the mobility-impaired.
Pocono Environmental Education Center
Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has a 1/4 mile rope-lined sensory trail which can be used by anyone. Sighted hikers can ask for a blindfold at PEEC's visitor center.
Millbrook Village has accessible restrooms, and the road through the village is flat. However, most of the buildings are not accessible due to the narrow doorways in historic structures.
Peters Valley (Bevans Village)
At Peters Valley School of Craft, the first floor of the Gallery & Store is accessible, as are the restrooms across the street.
The first floor of the Nelden-Roberts Stonehouse in Montague, NJ is accessible.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are permitted in most areas of the park and must be on a 6-foot leash at all times. Pets may not be tied to an object and left unattended or left in a vehicle. Please clean up after your pet. Report lost pets to the park communication center at (570) 426-2457.
Pets are NOT permitted at the following sites:
Smithfield and Milford Beach between Memorial Day and Labor Day
Raymondskill Falls and Dingmans Falls
George W. Childs Park
Valley View Group Campsites
Hialeah Picnic Area
McDade Trail from milepost 1.0 to milepost 2.5 (from June 1 to September 8)
In New Jersey:
Rivers Bend Group Campsites
Watergate Recreation Site
Kittatinny Point (picnic areas and visitor center area)
National Park Service regulations exempt service animals, such as guide dogs for the blind and signal dogs for the hearing-impaired, from pet prohibitions.