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Delaware River Water Trail - Middle Delaware Segment

The Delaware River Water Trail follows one of the most remarkable rivers in the nation: so rich in recreational, scenic, historic and natural resources that three-quarters of the non-tidal Delaware River (about 150 miles) is included in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

photo: Bridge remnants on the Middle Delaware. Photo by John Bumberger.

Length: 40.60 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Water Trail
Agency: National Park Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Boating, Motorized
Camping
Dogs - On leash

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Location: Connects Port Jervis to E. Stroudsburg in Delaware Water Gap NRA
State(s): Pennsylvania
Counties: Sussex, Warren, (New Jersey); Monroe, Pike, Northampton (Pennsylvania)
Longitude: -74.84527
Latitude: 40.25332

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Description

The variety of outstanding resources visible along the 40.6 miles of water trail within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DWGNRA) include two major geological formations at Walpack Bend and the Delaware Water Gap itself; diverse populations of wildlife; unique natural areas and scenic vistas; mountain forests; wetlands; fertile farmland; towns and structures of national importance; shallow riffles and quiet pools; and world famous trout fishing.

The river lies within a two-hour drive for 20 percent of the nation's population, and eight river access points are available in a 40.6-mile stretch for both motorized and non-motorized users, making the water trail very accessible to large populations. Yet the Delaware is one of the cleanest and most scenic rivers in the northeastern U.S. The DWGNRA section of the water trail retains a wild, natural feeling, largely due to cooperative efforts to protect the river corridor as part of the national park. The Delaware River Water Trail is accessible to a variety of recreational users, including campers, swimmers, anglers, canoeists and kayakers, tubers, and motorboaters, regardless of skill level.

The water trail is served by several commercial liveries, one of which is among the nation's largest. Together with the American Canoe Association, National Canoe Safety Patrol and National Park Service, the liveries work to support safe, enjoyable use of the river and help to keep it clean. Connections with other land based trails are significant, and include the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, which crosses the Delaware Water Gap and Worthington State Forest, and the Joseph M. McDade Recreational Trail on the western shore of the Delaware River.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Water, moving
Secondary Surface: Water, still

Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
2007

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: NPS Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Website: Trail Information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
John Donahue
Superintendent
National Park Service
River Road
Bushkill, PA 18324
(570) 588-2418

Information Contact:
Delaware River Greenway Partnership
PO Box 273
Bulington, NJ 8016
(609) 239-0444
ctracy@drgp.org

Information Contact:
DeNise Cooke-Bauer
Natural Resource Specialist
National Park Service
Delaware Water Gap NRA
294 Old Milford Rd
Milford, PA 18337
(570) 296-6952
DeNise_Cooke-Bauer@nps.gov
http://www.nps.gov/dewa

Information Contact:
Emie Kavert
Superintendent
Washington State Forest
HC 62, Box 2
Columbia, NJ 7832
(908) 841-9575
worth@voicenet.com
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/worthington.html

 

Photos

Stover Mill on the Middle Delaware. Photo by John Bumberger.

Stover Mill on the Middle Delaware. Photo by John Bumberger.

Bridge remnants on the Middle Delaware. Photo by John Bumberger.

Bridge remnants on the Middle Delaware. Photo by John Bumberger.

 

Kayak view. Photo by John Bumberger.

Kayak view. Photo by John Bumberger.

Launch time. Photo by John Bumberger.

Launch time. Photo by John Bumberger.

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