One of the most prominent views from the Appalachian Trail is the cascading Kittatinny Ridge that dramatically cuts in and overhangs the Delaware River, right in the Poconos’ very own Delaware Water Gap. The gap itself spans nearly a mile thanks to the winding river that cuts through the mountains separating the New Jersey and Pennsylvania border. The river actually contributes to the continual peak growth of the ridge, which is constantly shifting.
The DWG offers recreation for every season, with options for camping, hiking, kayaking, rafting, and even paddle boarding. During the Fall tourists and locals alike flock to the popular overlooks to peep the changing leaves. The Mt. Tammany peak backdrop is often the destination for many hikes.
While the NJ side of the AT maintains a steady traffic of hikers, many do not realize the alternate locations to catch similar views. On the PA side there is a parking lot on Mountain Road behind the Deer Head Inn that leads to a few hidden trails. In addition, there is the national scenic trail from the adjacent Mt. Minsi that offers yet another perspective of the peak.
And if you are planning a long hike, be sure to stop at the Village Farmer and Bakery on Broad street to grab some world famous BBQ or pie. You will need the calories to maintain your energy level on the rugged terrain! So grab a snack and leash up your dog, and opt outdoors this holiday season!
To learn more about Delaware Water Gap Appalachian Trail, visit https://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/appalachian-nst.htm
Article by Amber Stahl, Travel Writer and Photographer.
Photos by Amber Stahl