The Road Less Traveled: Accessing the Delaware Water Gap

Columbia, New Jersey, within Knowlton Township of Warren County, is located in the western corner of the Garden State. On the other side of the Delaware River lies the borough of Portland, Pennsylvania. This trip plan includes activities and accommodations from both sides of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

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Day 1

Knowlton Tourist Welcome Center - Columbia, NJ
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Knowlton Tourist Welcome Center - Columbia, NJ
Community | Visitor Information Center
On your way in from the east, stop at the Knowlton Tourist Welcome Center to collect some information about the surrounding area.

The Knowlton Tourist Welcome Center is located on Interstate 80 Eastbound at Mile Marker seven (between exits four and 12). The staffed information desk provides brochures and visitor info for all regions of New Jersey, including the Delaware…

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Portland-Columbia Footbridge - Portland, PA/Columbia, NJ
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Portland-Columbia Footbridge - Portland, PA/Columbia, NJ
Outdoor Adventure | Scenic Viewpoint
Walk right over the Delaware River and take in the beautiful views. Start in Pennsylvania and end up in New Jersey!

The Portland-Columbia footbridge spans the width of the Delaware River between the towns of Portland, PA and Columbia, NJ,  allowing for a scenic view of the southern edge of the Delaware Water Gap.  Originally erected as a four-span timber bridge,…

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Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream - Mount Bethel, PA
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Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream - Mount Bethel, PA
Food or Drink | Cafe, Deli, Coffee House or Bakery
Stop by Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream, just up the road from the Portland-Columbia footbridge. Try some of their delicious ice cream, made in house. Or enjoy a nice lunch, with many options to choose from.

Welcome to Kelly’s Ice Cream! We are often asked if we make our own ice cream. Over 50 homemade hard ice cream flavors are made on-site. We also have a variety of soft flavors including the classics, vanilla and chocolate. Local favorites include…

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Lakota Wolf Preserve - Columbia, NJ
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Lakota Wolf Preserve - Columbia, NJ
Natural Area | Fish and Wildlife Reserve or Sanctuary
If you are visiting Lakota Wolf Preserve during the week, be sure to reserve a spot on a tour before stopping by!

Wildlife preserve with wolves, fox and bobcats. Learn all there is to know about this endangered species through guided educational wolf tours of the preserve, and hear, once again, the howling of wolves echo through the mountains of the Delaware…

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Camp Taylor Campground - Columbia, NJ
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Camp Taylor Campground - Columbia, NJ
Accommodation | Campground or RV Park
If you're looking to camp out, Camp Taylor Campground is the place to be with over 400 acres of family owned and operated land.

Camp Taylor Campground is a 400-acre family owned and operated campground and tree farm. We are adjacent to 125,000 acres of state and federal parks, and offer direct hiking access to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area and the world…

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The RoseMary Inn - Columbia, NJ
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The RoseMary Inn - Columbia, NJ
Accommodation | Bed and Breakfast
If you are looking for a more luxurious place to stay, reserve a room at the RoseMary Inn!

The RoseMary Inn, an elegant Columbia, New Jersey bed and breakfast, is located on 17 pastoral acres in scenic Knowlton Township. Guests of the Inn have the opportunity to enjoy all that the Skylands Region has to offer, including the Delaware…

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Day 2

Mount Tammany Cliffs - Knowlton Township, NJ
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Mount Tammany Cliffs - Knowlton Township, NJ
Outdoor Adventure | Wildlife Viewing Area
Hike up Mount Tammany for spectacular views of the Delaware Water Gap and Mount Minsi , directly across the river on the Pennsylvania side of the Gap.

Area: 54,204 Acres

Habitat: Cliff and talus slope with areas of scrub-shrub and forest

Site Description: The sheer cliffs, talus (rock debris at the base of a cliff) slopes and rocky outcrops of Mount Tammany overlook the Delaware…

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Worthington State Forest - Columbia, NJ
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Worthington State Forest - Columbia, NJ
Accommodation | Campground or RV Park
Worthington State Forest offers 10 marked hiking trails, the opportunity to fish or boat in the Delaware River, and the possibility of hunting for deer, turkey, and bear during the season. You are bound to enjoy your time in the Delaware Water Gap no matter which activity you choose!

Camping is among the most popular activities in Worthington State Forest. There is 82 campsites and three group sites located here, each providing a fire ring, picnic table, and a lantern hook. Sixty-nine of the 82 campsites have space to…

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Edge of the Woods Outfitters - Delaware Water Gap, PA
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Edge of the Woods Outfitters - Delaware Water Gap, PA
Outdoor Adventure | Guide or Livery
If you prefer guided hiking, boating, and biking adventures, Edge of the Woods Outfitters will fulfill your needs. High quality adventure gear is also available for purchase.

Located in Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania, just two blocks from the Appalachian Trail, only minutes from the Delaware River and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. We specialize in

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Village Farmer and Bakery - Delaware Water Gap, PA
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Village Farmer and Bakery - Delaware Water Gap, PA
Food or Drink | Cafe, Deli, Coffee House or Bakery
Before leaving the area, be sure to stop and eat at one of the best cafes in the region that uses only the freshest ingredients. Take a slice of the Delaware Water Gap home with you by selecting your favorite pie from the Village Farmer and Bakery. With over 30 flavors to choose from, you will be wanting to return before you know it!

Operating in the town of Delaware Water Gap and family owned since 1976, the Village Farmer and bakery is a local landmark and a staple of the community. Sitting just moments from route 80, the Appalachian Trail, and the Delaware Water Gap…

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1 Knowlton Tourist Welcome Center - Columbia, NJ
2 Portland-Columbia Footbridge - Portland, PA/Columbia, NJ
3 Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream - Mount Bethel, PA
4 Lakota Wolf Preserve - Columbia, NJ
5 Camp Taylor Campground - Columbia, NJ
6 The RoseMary Inn - Columbia, NJ
7 Mount Tammany Cliffs - Knowlton Township, NJ
8 Worthington State Forest - Columbia, NJ
9 Edge of the Woods Outfitters - Delaware Water Gap, PA
10 Village Farmer and Bakery - Delaware Water Gap, PA