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5 Things You Need to Try at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

If you crave time spent in the outdoors, find your way to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This 70,000-acre park stretches through New Jersey and Pennsylvania and is a lovely drive from the Settlers Inn. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the many miles of hiking trails, the abundant opportunities for fishing, the array of wildlife and the swimming. And once you’re in the park, you’ll definitely want to see the park’s best-known feature: the Delaware Water Gap.

When your travels bring you to our area, be sure to download our Delaware Highlands Vacation Guide. Not only is the guide free but it is filled with all the information you’ll need to have a great trip! You’ll receive tips on cultural events happening in the area, the best restaurants in town, outdoor activities, and Settlers Inn exclusives. Simply complete the form and the guide will show up in your inbox within minutes.

Here Are 5 Things You Need to Try at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area!

  1. Hiking at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area is beautiful during all seasons. With many miles of trails to choose from, there are plenty of routes for all skill levels. The Red Dot Trail is a 1.2-mile, one-way trail known as one of the most challenging in the park. The Red Dot Trail can be combined with the Blue Blaze Trail for a 3-mile hike. The views looking into the Delaware Water Gap are worth the challenge. Check their website for a complete list of trails, their length, and level of difficulty.
  2. For an adventure on the water, check out the area’s Canoe and Kayak River trips. Weather permitting, the canoe and kayak trips are offered in spring, summer, and fall. The trip from Milford Beach to Dingmans Campground is great for beginners. This trip is 10 miles with four rapids and mostly calm waters. Along the way are two places to stop and eat a picnic lunch.
  3. Search for wildlife! Many species of wildlife abound in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. From rabbits and coyotes to black bears and foxes, you’ll see many animals from the ground to the trees from dawn to dusk.
  4. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is home to three lifeguard beaches. You’ll find swimming at Turtle Beach, Smithfield Beach and Milford Beach. Lifeguards are on duty during weekends from June through August. Traveling with a group? Picnic areas are a great spot for gatherings. Due to the changing river conditions, currents and drop-offs, other areas of the park are off-limits to swimming.
  5. The National Recreation Area is home to 61 species of fish known in the park. A fishing license is required for anglers 16 and older. Dunnfield Creek fishing offers anglers native Brook Trout. Dingmans Campground offers easy access to the Delaware River and boats can be launched for a fee at the Dingmans Access.  Visit the office for more information on the best fishing destinations.

Join Us at The Settlers Inn for a Getaway Filled with Plenty of Rest and Relaxation!

Nestled in the town of Hawley, PA is The Settlers Inn. Home to 23 guest rooms, a farm-to-table restaurant, and many common areas to kick up your feet, you’ll want to stay with us on your next trip to the Pocono Mountains. Don’t forget to check out our specials and packages. Whether you’re interested in a getaway that caters to adventurers, foodies, music lovers, or those in need of a little pampering, you’ll find an add-on that is sure to enhance your stay. You’ll also enjoy a full breakfast each morning of your stay. We look forward to having you visit the Inn soon.