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Take the Kids: The Delaware Water Gap

Explore more than 100 miles of biking and hiking trails, two campgrounds, three beaches and 40 miles of river for kayaking or canoeing.


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Courtesy of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Facebook page

 

The Delaware Water Gap, a 70,000-acre park located on a historic French and Indian War frontier, has 100 miles of biking and hiking trails, two campgrounds, three life-guarded beaches and 40 miles of river for kayaking or canoeing.

Along the Water Gap are historical sites dating back to the 1700s, such as Millbrook Village, Old Mine Road and the Van Campen Inn.

Spend the day hiking up the Appalachian National Trail, a 28-mile-long area within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area. If you’re hiking with the kiddos, there are different trails separated by skill level throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, so you won’t have to hear, “are we there yet?” for three miles straight.

Little adventurers should try the ranger-led evening program at Dingmans Campground. Nature lovers from 5-13 years old can even become junior rangers themselves through sessions about conservation and what it takes to be a park ranger. Each junior ranger receives an official junior ranger patch and certificate.

Swimming, wading and jumping in the waterfalls is strictly prohibited. Some trails may be closed periodically due to inclement weather. For more information, visit the website or call 570-426-2452.

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