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What Are the 5 Best Things to Do at the Delaware Water Gap?

The Delaware Water Gap is the result of nearly 500 million years of geological evolution! Today, the gap cuts through the Appalachian Mountains as part of the Delaware River, presenting itself as a unique feature that marks the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. More impressive than the geology, however, is the excitement that the gap offers to its visitors. If you’re planning a visit to the area, discover all of the best things to do at the Delaware Water Gap right here! Before you embark on your next adventure, don’t forget to request access to our complimentary Vacation Guide. Full of all of the Pocono’s best restaurants, attractions, and events, our guide is your key to an unforgettable getaway!

Things to do at the Delaware Water Gap


If the scenic drive that takes you to the Delaware Water Gap is enough to get you excited about hiking, then we don’t know what is! Take some time to enjoy the natural beauty of the area on your next visit. Between the incredible waterfalls and the long list of hiking trails, you’ll have plenty to explore while you’re here!


One of the most popular things to do on the Delaware River is rafting. Whether it’s with a guided tour or you simply rent your own kayak or canoe, there is nothing better than floating down the river and taking in the surrounding scenery. Most of the river is perfect for a leisurely cruise, as there are no serious rapids in the area. However, make sure you take a look at the river map before your expedition to avoid any dangerous areas.


Swimming is another popular Delaware River activity. The cool, mountain runoff is the perfect place to relax after a long hike or a day of paddling down the river. Swimming, wading, or jumping near the waterfalls is absolutely prohibited, however. While you’re planning your adventure, make sure your plans will keep you safe!


Between striped bass and brook trout, there are plenty of species of fish that call the Delaware River home. There are 61 known species to be exact! Cast a line and relax on the bank of the river as you reel in one catch after the other. Learn more about the guidelines and regulations from the National Park Service.

Rock Climbing

Some views are worth fighting for. If you’re up for the challenge, some of the best spots in the area are only accessible by a short climb. Whether you’re an experienced free climber or you’re just starting out, there is plenty of terrain to be conquered!

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