Explore the most popular Kid Friendly trails in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I came to do Raymondskills with my dog, but they don't allow pets. Just service dogs. So I did this trail instead. I'm glad I did, it were beautiful. The climb up to Hackers Falls is a little steep, but doable. The falls were cool, we encountered some teenagers swimming there. They were cool. I came back down on the Cliffs trail and it was awesome. It literally follows the edge of the cliff on the Delaware Gap. The views here were the best I had in all my trip up here. Lots of pictures. Do these trails!

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2 days ago

After the stunning hikes on the Pennsylvania side of the Gap, this trail was a bit of a let down. No creek, no river, no waterfalls. It was just okay. It's a gradual climb up a hill to a junction with another trail. That's it. The drive on Old Mine Road was not worth it, full of dangerous pot holes that were not too kind on my car. If I had known beforehand, I would have stayed on the Pennsylvania side instead.

It was very nice views but definitely a tourist attraction as well. The trail itself is fenced off and to view the falls you’re standing on man made decks.

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6 days ago

Nice trail! Turned it into a loop!

Great ~3 mile loop trail - completed it in about 1.5 hours. It is worth doing the short off-shoot to see the waterfall. When we went there were still a few trees down around the falls, but still beautiful. Well marked. Few lookouts, benches, and an old stone fireplace randomly in the middle.

Highly recommend this trail especially if you have a dog. Went on 5/7 during the day and only saw people in the parking lot but not on the trail. Took my 12 year old doggo who loved to take in a dip in every body of water we found plus it was easy enough for him to complete. Saw some bear tracks and other animal droppings near the lake, lots of frogs, and the birds brought the place alive. Very well maintained and marked. Perfect for a trail run as well!

Great view, I did the whole loop, trail well marked. Not hard at all, pretty easy for beginners.I love it

Really nice moderate trail. This trail offers everything. Ponds, river, waterfall, views, trails through forest and all nicely marked.

beautiful trail, marked very well and easy to navigate. Amazing view at the waterfall, steep climb after waterfalls but besides that very moderate hike. clean park and very informative with maps.

Nice loop. Has it all... streams, ponds, well-marked, lovely ecosystems enriched by interesting factoids with the trail guide. Spring rains made the falls all the more beautiful!

1 month ago

We hiked about half the trail. It's often very close to the road and one section of it, surprisingly, is a road. I was upset and embarrassed because there is no forewarning that there will suddenly be motorized vehicles on the trail. This trail would be much more suited to mountain biking than hiking.

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closed
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Juice.

hiking loved it!!

Very nice lakes to hike around. To get to the 3rd lake, Crater Lake, the Orange Trail gets very tight steep and rocky in some parts. Decided to hike to backside of the 2nd lake, Hemlock Pond, definitely saw multiple bear droppings and a raccoon remains on the backside of Helmock Pond. This is bear country, be bear aware! But over all the trail is open and well defined. Some little "bunny hills" but not too bad. Bring bug spray, lots of gnats. The dog did the 7 mile loop with us!

Great short hike.

Nice easy hike today. The trash was cleaned out and the falls were pumping. I little damp from last nights rain but we were the only ones here and the birds were singing. Great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice, easy trail along ghe creek, had my dog with me, ran out of day light to continue on to the very steep part at the end part of the trail, will have to come back and explore further, watch and check for ticks.

Great trail. Well marked. I'd rate it easy except the incline is a little challenging especially bc it comes right after you trek down to the falls and then back up a significant incline. But it's a good challenge. Not crowded at all, went on early April on a Saturday afternoon.

Great weather day but still had the trail to ourselves most of the time. We saw bears, snakes, and hawks. Was a fantastic adventure but very, very rocky terrain throughout. Nice view at the top of the white trail.

Nice long flat trail! Decent view, at top, of Delaware River valley. Nice lakes. Will be coming back with bikes.

The falls were beautiful but there was so much trash on the trail it really detracted from the experience.

hiking
2 months ago

Extremely well kept! Perfect mix of terrain with some great views and even a couple of water falls!

my kids and I have been coming to this trail for years we love it

Very easy trail. Nice and quiet on a March morning. Great place for two seven year old boys to find things to do.

We went counter clockwise on the loop. Snow packed with only one slippery hill, but with ice Trax were no issue. Park and trail took a beating with the spring storms but still wonderful to saunter about. Tumbling Falls waterfall is great, wished we built a snowman at the bottom of the falls. The most arduous part of the trail for us was right after the falls as we went to the top of the Vista. Great view and worth the loop. A little over 3 miles and took us 70 year olds. a little under 3 hours for the loop.

I would recommend this trail for a nice dog walk or just a visit to a waterfall not far from a roadway. It’s a lovely spot to read a book or even hang a hammock. Very peaceful and quite pretty after the rainfall. Mind the rocks of the waterfall ! Not recommended to climb. It’s slippery slate rock, you can easily receive a deep laceration and of course fall.

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snow
3 months ago

I really liked this trail. Physically under the conditions of the ice and snow it was very hard. I think if you do this trail clockwise it would be much easier. I did it CCW and it's a lot of steep uphill that would have been downhill...lol. Anyhow you are rewarded with some beautiful views and waterfalls. My dogs loved the hike as well. Now I know why I kept passing hikers going the opposite way...:P

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muddy
off trail
snow
3 months ago

Hiked today after the deep freeze. The falls were frozen on the edges. Rocks covered in ice while the trails were slushy and muddy. To be expected just wear proper footwear. It’s a fairly moderate hike. Not recommended for young kids. No scrambles but to get to the falls it’s off the main trail. Worth it.

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snow
3 months ago

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rocky
4 months ago

Highs and lows, mounting biking portion, unsuspected part where the trail leads to the little cliff and had to hope off the bike and push it and carry it a bit before the trail regained its width.

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