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.

First time on this trail...1st 1.25 miles nice challenging climb. Several days if rain so trail had several inches of run off coming down the trail. Slippery rocks challenging. Views of valley misty.

Easily one of the most beautiful views in the entire state of New Jersey. A must hike for any outdoor explorer. A very popular trail that was manageable for hikers of any experience level.

Love this hike, usually pretty busy tho so at some times it’s not to peaceful , usually younger kids playing music out loud instead of enjoying the sound of nature! Still a good hike tho , go from red to blue for sure !

A true gem! Managed to get there this morning from south Jersey and took the red-blue pathway as described. My girlfriend and I conquered this in about two hours. Let me be clear- definitely go Red-blue as I could not imagine walking down the red blazed trail after the summit.

Great trail and an awesome view.

Best views hike in NJ, problem is it's probably the busiest hike in NJ also. Definitely on the moderate side only because of elevation, distance is easy. Great trail to snow shoe though as it's completely quiet during the winter!

22 days ago

This trail was great! My 2 year old could walk it but yet slightly challenging. Wide trail. Easy to find. We felt perfectly safe. Absolutely would go again.

Not overly impressed with this trail. I think there’s way more hype over this trail than it deserves. Maybe I’m just used to hiking the Adirondack and not mountains off the freeway. There were a couple lookouts on the way up but they were very crowded and couldn’t really enjoy it. There was no view at the top at all as far as I could see. The hike down to the stream and waterfall was nice

ASCENT: steep but short, about a mile and a half. Very rocky. Leave your trekking poles in the car and wear hiking boots with ankle support

SUMMIT: Surrounded by trees but not dense so you can see surrounding land but it was still kind of hard to get a good view

Beautiful area, and the falls were spectacular. A recent storm this year made a mess of the trees but fortunately the falls weren't really effected.

One of my all-time favorite trails! The gain is around 1000 feet / mile which makes for some great leg burn along the way. The payoff is well worth the scrambling and effort, and the descent through Dunnfield Creek features super crisp air and pleasant waterfalls. The descent reminds me of Stokes State Forest (to the northeast of Tammany), where you'll see massive hemlocks, cedars, and general old growth forest!

1 month ago

Awesome views of Pennsylvania from the NJ side of the water gap. The trail can be rough in some places. Check out my full write up which includes directions and things to look out for.

We went on this hike with a toddler and a 4 month old. It was beautiful but pretty strenuous with an extra 30 lbs strapped to your back. I would say it is big kid friendly but not toddler friendly. He was very tired on the assent and walked very little on his own. The summit was spacious and he was able to run around while we all ate lunch. Beautiful views but little tree cover this time of year and a lot of downed trees. Parking is atrocious here. If you come after 830 be prepared to be creative on where you put your car. My little lump was asleep the entire time.

Had an absolutely wonderful time hiking this trail today. Every time we came upon another group hiking they were very polite and friendly. The views are absolutely worth the sweat. Can’t wait to come back an enjoy the views again.

Very short hike, the falls are beautiful!

awesome trail with decent elevation, very surprised to find it

I’ve seen people actually fall on this hike nonetheless watch your footing & wear some good hiking shoes. The red trail is a decent incline with an awesome view from the top. Come down on the blue trail for some beautiful water sounds.

Nice hike. Enough incline to get the blood flowing, great views for the area. Easily accessible and nice diversity between red and blue trails. It took us about 3 hours with some nice rests at the summit.

Great hike, a bit strenuous at times headed up the red trail, but the view from the top is worth it! It was a little crowded at the top the day I hiked it. We descended down the blue trail which is less steep than the red. There is a nice waterfall before you reach the parking lot

Busy trail, very ROCKY!!! Great views and photos. Well marked trails. Wear the right clothing/footwear. You are mostly walking on large rocks. We went up red and down blue. The waterfall at the bottom was amazing after it rained the night before.

Loved the variety of this hike. The ascent was steep and rocky. It was pretty icy towards the top. The rocky overlook was so gorgeous. Going down was such a treat! After getting past the snowy part the trail clears and your deep in the forest which leads to a creek with a modest waterfall. Many downed trees over the creek. Very pleased with this hike! The dog loved it.

1 month ago

Trail completely obliterated by downed trees. Literally HUNDREDS. You have to bushwhack a lot to get through.

Hiked this last week, up red dot and down blue dot. Very icy at points, needed our crampons at those spots. Cold but clear, few people on trail, absolutely beautiful!

Great trail. I’ve done it three times since March has started. If you want more of a challenge take the trail counter clockwise starting with the blue dot trail and taking the red dot down. Much steeper inclines going up so it’s a nicer workout plus you get to see all the falls first and the hike down is much quicker after you summit

As of February 23, 2018 the NPS has closed Cliff Trail to protect nesting Falcons. It is expected to reopen in July or August.

Favorite NJ hike. Red dot has some rock scrambling towards the top and blue dot is very rocky to descend. Would recommend hiking boots not sneakers. Really fun hike

Rocky, steep in sections, but the view is worth the climb!

very wet this time of year be prepared to walk in 4-6 inches of water for a few miles . Feb 26. views do not disappoint. beautiful little series of falls at the bottom.

Great hike! Nice views of mountains and waterfall. Recommended.

All by myself it was a short but extremely pleasant hike with the exception of the litter thrown about but those who claim to love the outdoors and treat it with total disrespect.

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