National Recreation Trails Database


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The variety of outstanding resources visible along the 40.6 miles of water trail within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DWGNRA) include two major geological formations at Walpack Bend and the Delaware Water Gap itself; diverse populations of wildlife; unique natural areas and scenic vistas; mountain forests; wetlands; fertile farmland; towns and structures of national importance; shallow riffles and quiet pools; and world famous trout fishing.

The river lies within a two-hour drive for 20 percent of the nation's population, and eight river access points are available in a 40.6-mile stretch for both motorized and non-motorized users, making the water trail very accessible to large populations. Yet the Delaware is one of the cleanest and most scenic rivers in the northeastern U.S. The DWGNRA section of the water trail retains a wild, natural feeling, largely due to cooperative efforts to protect the river corridor as part of the national park. The Delaware River Water Trail is accessible to a variety of recreational users, including campers, swimmers, anglers, canoeists and kayakers, tubers, and motorboaters, regardless of skill level.

The water trail is served by several commercial liveries, one of which is among the nation's largest. Together with the American Canoe Association, National Canoe Safety Patrol and National Park Service, the liveries work to support safe, enjoyable use of the river and help to keep it clean. Connections with other land based trails are significant, and include the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, which crosses the Delaware Water Gap and Worthington State Forest, and the Joseph M. McDade Recreational Trail on the western shore of the Delaware River.


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This website provides access to the National Recreation Trail (NRT) database, a collection of information on the various trails which have been designated as NRT's. These trails are located throughout the United States and U.S. territories. The amount of information may vary from trail to trail. If you need more information than is available on this site, please use the contact(s) listed for that trail. (If no contacts, are listed, you may request help from American Trails at

The on-line database has details on the currently designated National Recreation Trails. The NRT Program online is hosted by American Trails: