Explore the most popular hiking trails near Wind Gap with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

1 month ago

My go-to for a quick hike after work. The steeper terrain on the south side can get a little slippery, but it's not too difficult to traverse as the trail is quite well-travelled. There are several access points to the Bushkill Creek on north side, very popular among families in the summer. Can get crowded during the day, popular for school field trips.

Did as out-and-back from Wind Gap lot to Fox Gap. While I did enjoy this, be warned this trail has teeth! Have done several stretches of AT in northern PA and this one definitely takes the cake so far for the most jagged, pointy, toe-stubbing bunches of rocks throughout most of trail from Wind Gap to Wolf Rocks. The segment of trail between Fox Gap and Wolf Rocks is pretty minimal on the rocks so would make for easy hike just to see Wolf Rocks which are pretty neat (cliff of many large flat slanted rocks). There isn't much ascent/descent other than the initial climb up from Wind Gap so can sometimes get a little boring if doing full trail between the Gaps.

This is a question, actually. We're planning to hike Wind Gap to Delaware Water Gap, starting at noonish in mid April and wondering what the water situation might be... we'll spend at least 1 night on the trail, probably not at Kirkridge shelter. Anyone know if the 2 small streams shown on either side of the trail, about 4 miles north from Wind Gap, have accessible water? Thanks.

I hiked this trail several times. However, the access point I used isn't shown anymore. Does anyone know what happened to the Pen Argyl South Trail? It started at the top of Robinson Avenue by the reservoir, and followed the spring-fed stream that feeds the reservoir past several springs. It followed that notch you see in the topographic map to the top of Blue Mountain, and then over the top and then slighly downhill to meet the Appalachian trail. The spring water was worth the hike by itself. At twilight you could see the lights of the town flickering in the trees

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

This part of the Appalachian trail is very rocky and boring. Not much to view on this trail. How ever it is a tuff biking trail with down tree in trail and some boulder cuff. I have taking my dog in this trail and she loved it. I hiked this trail from 191 by Bangor to wind gap and it took me 4 hours on foot.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Beautiful trail, some up and down on the back half, not too difficult, park map says 1.9 mi.

we hiked from Delaware water gap to wind gap so we just came down the mountain. A bit rocky and steep at places but good.
The mileage and map for this trail is correct but the name is very misleading. wind gap to fox gap is 8.6 miles one way.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

This is a nice, short hike that has one little somewhat rough stretch along the southern bank. It shouldn't be a problem for most hikers but some people might not care for that section. Otherwise it is wide, smooth, and shady throughout.

Using SugarFoot and SpecOp's recording as our guide, my son and I completed the 13.5mi (6.25 in/out) from Wind Gap to Wolf Rocks as an intro to hiking AT. As another reviewer noted, you are constantly looking down for rocks rather than the immediate scenery. Saw a deer and another hiker noted a black bear + cub near the early part of the route. Great, but tiring hike. Please note that if you are coming back and take the gravel road down, you will quickly realize this belongs to the PA Water company. As we were getting closer to where we knew the parking lot to be, we encountered a huge security gate. After a few minutes an employee appeared and we followed him out. There was no water at Wolf Rocks. A great day!

It was a nice calm walk

Sunday, April 30, 2017


Monday, March 06, 2017

Fun trail with ups and downs. Quick and easy.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Gets very busy, but is beautiful in the fall!

Not much to see. Watch out for horse dung.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

starts off with a wonderful ascent. then passes through a really nice Pin Oak Forest that if you get to in the morning and there's a fog is eerily beautiful. I did spot several brightly colored birds but I'm not a birder. the hike is Rocky and uneventful until wolf rocks. don't count on the springs for water anytime during the summer. oh did I mention it's Rocky and the rocks have rocks and gnomes come out at night and turn over the rocks and sharpen them.

Good walk can't wait to do it again

Prior posts about rocks and lack of vistas were spot on. The trail is enjoyable nonetheless. Good climb at the start gets the blood flowing. Some great spots for birding, etc. Well worth the time!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

This was a physically demanding, intimately rewarding hike. SpecOps and I did 17.3mi all up from the Gap to Wolf Rocks and backish, back up the rock climb at the trailhead and to camp. Back down to the trailhead in the afternoon. This is my longest mileage hike to date and it was absolutely phenomenal. I couldn't have asked for a better partner, exercise or weather. Can't wait for the next adventure. Tip: boots with higher ankles than a basic running shoe is ideal. I love my Merrells but not in the good ol common wealth of Pa.


This part of the trail has a very rough beginning. Like the other posts say, it starts out with a rocky stair case followed by a steep trail winding up to the ridge. Just hang in there- it levels out soon enough. Ankle supporting footwear is a must on this trail. It's a sea of rocks in most areas. When you're looking at your surroundings you can easily trip, but when you're looking at your footwork you're missing the scenery. Speaking to that- I hiked this yesterday (7/3/16) and was not able to see any views outside the ridge line as all of the leaves are fully grown now and you can't see past the canopy. No worries though- it's beautifully green everywhere and makes you appreciate all those who have trekked before. One thing to note: the summary of this trail says Wind Gap to Fox Gap is 3.7 miles out and back, but the trail marker shows Fox Gap is 8.4 miles one way. Enjoy!!

Monday, April 18, 2016

EXTREMELY ROCKY. If you walk the entire 4 miles to Smith Shelter you will be rewarded with a nice camping area and a couple good decent views. The views and camp do not however make up for the rocky path since you have to stare at your feet the entire hike so you do not break an ankle.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

I came home to visit family. Although I missed the big snow storm on 01.23, I got to enjoy the snow on the trail today. It was quite a challenge with all the snow. I only got to hike for 2 hours, but I'll be back for more.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Ok trail, overall. Very rocky, which is tough on the ankles, but enjoyed the route nonetheless--mostly shaded by trees, a small vista in the beginning of the hike and a tough incline to start, but pretty flat once you're past the first half mile.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Not bad

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Steep in the beginning but begins to level out. Was a nice morning, there were a lot of people already there by 8 AM.

Would not necessarily return to this trail because there are a lot of rocks. But I am glad to have experienced it and that I am healthy enough to hike.

As mentioned in other posts the start going NOBO is steep and rocky but manageable. Take ridge line up to nice views.

Monday, August 17, 2015

This past weekend my husband, adult son and myself hiked and camped overnight on this trail. The amount of rocks made the 4 plus mile hike miserable. When we hike we like to enjoy our surroundings, the constant rocky path made that virtually impossible, you HAD to watch each placement of your foot or your were going down. That was on 95% of the trail. There were several nice views but nothing you could not see doing another hike in that area, certainly not nice enough for myself anyway to hike the trail again.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Agree with the previous reviews. The Northbound trailhead is in the parking lot. The southbound trail is up the road about 200 feet. The northbound trail is only about 50 feet over stair step cut rocks the .6 miles past the distance sign marker. The trail becomes flat along the ridge but is still rocky in places. The fall and spring are quite colorful but the early summer and late fall revel more of the sky and valley without the foliage which makes this a year-round trail.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Tough start and then into a path of jagged rocks for a while. Take your time climbing the first part and hiking boots highly recommended. Nice walk in and area that is traveled enough to feel safe but not so heavy that you can't get some time to yourself to clear your head.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

This is a collection of trails centered around the Bushkill Creek in Jacobsburg State Park. It's perfect for walking dogs and is pretty easy terrain. Also includes the Henry Homestead and the Longrifle Museum. Great way to spend a couple hours outside on a crisp fall day! The best way to get there is to set your GPS to "835 Jacobsburg Road, Wind Gap, PA" and then park in the lot that you pass on the left when you're still on Belfast Rd.

East to get to. Plenty of trails. Easy walking. If your looking for a place to have a nice stroll or ride your horse. This is it. If you need to ride your mountain bike go ahead. If you want views and a feeling of alone forget it. Not once no matter how deep I got into the trails could I not hear a car or people talking or yelling.

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