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Hiking

The Appalachian Trail - South in PA

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The trail Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT) extends along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park, Maine. Of the 2,174 miles of trail, 28 miles are within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Whether hiking for a couple of hours, for the day, or for the entire length of the trail, the AT provides opportunities for majestic views, wildlife sightings, and hiking challenges.

Regulations for the AT within the Park:
Hikers should carry sufficient water for the entire hike.
Carry out all trash.
Cutting, defacing, or removing any natural feature is prohibited.
Pets must be on a 6-foot leash at all times.
Horseback riding, biking, and all types of motorized vehicles (except authorized vehicles) are prohibited on the trail within the recreation area.
Wear Proper Footwear for Hiking


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Directions from The Shawnee Inn

Turn left out of the main entrance onto River Rd.
Continue on River Rd. for 1.5 miles.
Turn left onto Broad St. At light, continue to the left )Rte 611).
Follow up hill for 300 yds and take immediate right after the Deer Head Inn onto Mountain Rd.
Fork left and follow into the parking area.

Appalachian Trail North in NJ

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2 mile section of Appalachian Trail which climbs Mt. Tammany towards Sunfish Pond. The trail Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT) extends along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park, Maine. Of the 2,174 miles of trail, 28 miles are within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Whether hiking for a couple of hours, for the day, or for the entire length of the trail, the AT provides opportunities for majestic views, wildlife sightings, and hiking challenges. Terrain varies and can be steep at times. Wear proper footwear and take drinking water.

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Directions from The Shawnee Inn

10 Minutes, 5.3 Miles from The Shawnee Inn.
Turn left out fo the main entrance onto River Rd.
Continue on River Rd for 1.5 miles and at the stop light, turn left.
Follow sign for I-80 East (New Jersey). Merge onto I-80 East and take second ramp after toll bridge.
Turn left under I-80, and left again to enter I-80 westbound.
Dunnfield Parking Area is on the right just before re-entering I-80 westbound: the overflow lot is 650ft past Dunnfield, actually on I-80 westbound.

Child's Park

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Child's Park is a part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The trail follows Dingmans Creek as it flows through a lush ravine, over three rushing waterfalls, and adjacent to the ruins of a mill and several structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Length: 1.4 miles, loop
Difficulty: easy-moderate
Elevation Change: 144 feet
Restrictions: dogs and other pets not permitted; swimming and wading is not permitted in Dingmans Creek between Park Road and Deer Leap Falls (swimming and wading is permitted in the pool at the base of Deer Leap Falls)
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Closed at first significant snowfall until snow has melted in the spring.

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Directions from The Shawnee Inn

Turn right out of the main entrance onto River Rd.
In 0.2 miles turn left onto Hollow Rd.
Follow Hollow Rd for 4.1 miles and turn right on Milford Rd/US 209 N. Follow 209 N for 16.5 miles.
Turn left onto PA-739 N/Dingmans Turnpike. Continue on PA-739 N 1.2 miles.
Turn left onto Silver Lake Rd. Continue on Silver Lake Rd. for 1.8 miles.
Bear left onto Child's Park Rd/Park Rd. Destination will be on your left.

Mt. Minsi

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Wonderful view of New Jersey’s Mt. Tammany and the Delaware River from this short, steep, popular route. This route continues past the top view to along the AT a bit, to a third view and would be shorter if you chose not to do that. It would also be slightly shorter if you backtracked and didn’t use the fire road, it is steep coming downhill however (consider the fire road if there are a lot of wet leaves).

5.1 miles round trip.
Moderate.
Uphill, a couple of steep rocky areas; a rock hop over a small stream.
The return trip is more gradual, on a woods road.
No Restrooms
Hikers should carry sufficient water for the entire hike.
Carry out all trash.
Cutting, defacing, or removing any natural feature is prohibited.
Pets must be on a 6-foot leash at all times.
Horseback riding, biking, and all types of motorized vehicles (except authorized vehicles) are prohibited on the trail within the recreation area.

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Directions from The Shawnee Inn

Turn left out of the main entrance onto River Rd.
Continue on River Rd. for 1.5 miles.
Turn left onto Broad St. At light, continue to the left (Rte 611).
Follow up hill for 300 yds and take immediate right after the Deer Head Inn onto Mountain Rd.
Fork left and follow into the parking area.

The McDade Trail

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The McDade Trail is located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area just a short drive from The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. The Terrain varies from rugged foot trail to wide gravel paths. A majority of the trail is flat with some moderate inclines. Some sections include steep slopes. The McDade Trail is located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area just a short drive from The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. There are several access points that run parallel to River Road and state route 209. The trail is 32 miles long and leads to Milford, PA.

Pitman Orchard Trailhead to White Pines Trailhead closed yearly from 12/1-8/15.

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McDade Trail Access Points

Directions from The Shawnee Inn

Turn right onto River Road
Drive for 1.4 miles
Turn Right into the Hialeah Picnic Area
Follow road to McDade Trail Access.

Cold Air Cave

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From the parking area, it is a short hike in about 50 feet. The cave itself is very small, but as you approach the cave you can feel the cold air coming out from the mouth of the cave. Terrain is rugged in spots, wear proper footwear.

Directions from The Shawnee Inn

12 minutes, 5.9 miles from The Shawnee Inn.
Turn left out of the main entrance onto River Rd.
Continue on River Rd. for 1.5 miles.
Turn left onto Broad St.
At light, continue to the left (Rte 611).
Follow up hill for 2.7 miles.
Parking area will be on the left hand side.

Arrow Island Overlook Trailhead

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Starting at the Arrow Island parking lot, this trail climbs through mixed forest and past the foundation of what was once a casino and resort. As you continue on you'll discover old stone fence rows and farmland. The trail will eventually terminate at a parking lot on National Park Drive.
NOTE: This trail may close in August to protect peregrine falcon nesting sites on the cliff face of Mt. Minsi.

Length: 0.9 mile, one-way
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation change: 221 feet

Wear proper footwear. Terrain varies.

Directions from The Shawnee Inn

13 minute, 6.2 miles from The Shawnee Inn.
Turn left out of the main entrance onto River Rd.
Continue on River Rd. for 1.5 miles.
Turn left onto Broad St.
At light, continue to the left (Rte 611).
Follow up hill for 2.7 miles.
Parking area will be on the left hand side.

Hornbecks Creek Trail - Waterfall Hike

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One of the hidden treasures of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is undoubtedly Hornbecks Creek Trail, known to some locals as Indian Ladders. Visitors will be delighted to discover an old road-bed trail that meanders along Hornbecks Creek. Once you've arrived at the first waterfall, which by itself is worth the trip, the trail becomes a bit more narrow and rugged. The "ladder" sequence of waterfalls following the first will keep your enthusiasm high. The trail ends at Emery Road.
NOTE: The portion of trail between the first and second waterfalls is closed due to severe trail erosion. The first waterfall is accessible from the US 209 trailhead and the second waterfall (Indian Ladders) is accessible from Emory Road.

Hornbecks Creek (Indian Ladders) Trail
Length: 1.9 miles, one-way
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation change: 442 feet
Proper footwear. Trail terrain varies. 442 feet elevation change.

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Directions from The Shawnee Inn

29 Minutes, 19 Miles from The Shawnee Inn.
Turn right out of the main entrance onto River Rd.
In 0.2 miles turn left onto Hollow Rd.
Follow Hollow Rd for 4.1 miles and turn right on Milford Rd/US 209 N.
Follow 209 N for 14 miles.
Entrance is unmarked, gravel drive on left hand side.

Raymondskill Falls

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The three-tiered Raymondskill Falls is the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania. If you add the drops from each tier together, the waterfall is only a few feet shorter than Niagara Falls. While the trail is short, it is fairly step and uneven. The upper viewing area provides a view of the upper pool and the top of one of the drops. The lower viewing area provides a great photo opportunity of the falls. A spur off the main trails provides a quarter-mile, one-way walk to Raymondskill Creek (this trail does not lead to the bottom of the falls).

Lenght: 0.3 one way
Difficulty: moderate-difficult
Elevation Change: 178 feet
Terrain: waterfall, forest
Restroom located at trailhead

Swimming and wading is not permitted in the water within 50 feet upstream of waterfalls and the waterfalls themselves

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Directions from The Shawnee Inn

40 Minutes, 27 miles from The Shawnee Inn.
Turn right out of the main entrance onto River Rd.
In 0.2 miles turn left onto Hollow Rd.
Follow Hollow Rd for 4.1 miles and turn right on Milford Rd/US 209 N.
Follow 209 N for 21 miles.
Make a left onto Raymondskill Rd.
Follow for 0.5 miles, your destination will be on the left.

Tom's Creek

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This gentle trail along an old road bed hugs Toms Creek for a short, one mile, one-way meander. Feel free to fish in this fine little trout stream, provided you have a PA fishing license and trout stamp. Catch and release and artificial lures only. Enjoy a meal at the picnic area set back from Route 209.

Length: 1 mile, one-way
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation change: 96 feet
Proper Footwear
Easy 1 mile hike.
Terrain Varies

Trailhead location: West side of Toms Creek Picnic area on Little Egypt Road

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Directions from The Shawnee Inn

23 Minutes, 13 Miles from The Shawnee Inn.
Turn right out of the main entrance onto River Rd.
In 0.2 miles turn left onto Hollow Rd.
Follow Hollow Rd for 4.1 miles and turn right on Milford Rd/US 209 N.
Follow 209 N for 7.7 miles.
Make a left onto Egypt Mills Road.
Follow for 0.6 miles, destination will be on your left.

Hacker's Trail

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Enjoy a hike over rolling hills and through hemlock and mixed hardwood forests as you make your way to Hackers Falls. This waterfall has a fan shape as it slides across a steep, but short, drop. Hackers Trail terminates at the Buchanan Trail, 0.4 mile from the Cliff Park trailhead. Over eight miles of trail can be connected together in the Cliff Park area to fill the entire day.

Proper Footwear, terrain varies.
Length: 1.4 miles, one-way
Difficulty: Moderate
Blaze: Yellow
Elevation Change: 340 feet
Restroom located at trailhead

Restrictions: swimming and wading is not permitted in the water within 50 feet upstream of Hackers Falls and the waterfall itself

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Directions from The Shawnee Inn

Turn right out of the main entrance onto River Rd.
In 0.2 miles turn left onto Hollow Rd.
Follow Hollow Rd for 4.1 miles and turn right on Milford Rd/US 209 N.
Follow 209 N for 21 miles.
Make a left onto Raymondskill Rd.
Follow for 0.4 miles, your destination will be on the left.

Cliff Park Trail

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The Cliff Trail offers some of the most spectacular overlook views in the recreation area of the serpentine Delaware River valley from atop the Raymondskill Ridge. This view was so inspiring to early film makers that several westerns were filmed using this magnificent scenery as stand-ins for the landscapes out west. Early 1900s actors Tom Mix, Walter Miller and Mary Pickford are just some of the stars who once stood on these vary cliffs. Over eight miles of trail can be connected together in the Cliff Park area to fill the entire day.

Proper Footwear, Terrain Varies
Length: 2.8 miles, one-way
Difficulty: Moderate
Blaze: White
Elevation Change: 390 feet
Restroom located at trailhead

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Cliff Park Trail System

Directions from The Shawnee Inn

Turn right out of the main entrance onto River Rd.
In 0.2 miles turn left onto Hollow Rd.
Follow Hollow Rd for 4.1 miles and turn right on Milford Rd/US 209 N.
Follow 209 N for 17 miles.
Make a left onto Dingmans Turnpike.
Follow for 2.4 miles. Make a rightonto Milford Rd.
Drive 5.5 miles and make a right onto Cliff Park Rd.
Drive 0.2 miles.

Milford Knob Trail

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A challenging hike to the top of the Raymondskill Ridge traverses through the lowland forest near river and the mixed hardwood forest and scrub found in the upland. The steep climb is rewarded with a charming view of historic Milford. Approximately one mile from the trailhead, the Quarry Trail interests the Milford Knob Trail. The Cliff Trail joins the Milford Knob Trail just before reaching the Knob. After visiting the Knob, consider adding a little more to the hike by walking along the Cliff Trail for eight-tenths of a mile until the Quarry Trail intersects the Cliff Trail;then return to the Milford Knob Trail via the half-mile Quarry Trail. Over eight miles of trail can be connected together in the Cliff Park area to fill the entire day.

Length: 1.3 miles, one-way
Difficulty: Moderate-difficult
Blaze Color: Green
Elevation Change: 390 feet

Wear Proper Footwear, terrain varies

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Directions from The Shawnee Inn

Turn right out of the main entrance onto River Rd.
In 0.2 miles turn left onto Hollow Rd.
Follow Hollow Rd for 4.1 miles and turn right on Milford Rd/US 209 N.
Follow 209 N for 24 miles.
Make a right onto Metz Rd. Drive 500 feet and make a left onto Milford Beach Rd.
Drive 500 feet and make a left back onto US 209 South.
In 0.7 miles make a right. Your destination will be on the left.

Coppermine Trail

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This trail begins across Old Mine Rd. from Coppermine parking and climbs 1 and 8/10 miles and 700 ft. past old mine shafts and then along a stream and across a footbridge in a hemlock ravine to reach the AT at Camp Rd. This trail can be hiked in a loop with the Kaiser Road Trail. Old Mine Road may be closed in winter months with heavy snow fall. Terrain Varies and can be rugged and steep at times, wear proper footwear.

Directions from The Shawnee Inn

24 Minutes, 12 Miles from The Shawnee Inn.
Turn left out fo the main entrance onto River Rd.
Continue on River Rd for 1.5 miles and at the stop light, turn left.
Follow sign for I-80 East (New Jersey).
Merge onto I-80 East and take second ramp after toll bridge.
Turn left under I-80, and left again to enter I-80 westbound.
Continue back on I-80 west to exit 1 for Old Mine Rd.
Continue on Old Mine Rd for approximately 7.5 miles to Coppermine Parking Area.

Dunfield Trail to Sunfish Pond

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This old road branches off the Blue-Blaze Trail and follows Dunnfield Creek. About 1.7 miles from Dunnfield, a 0.5 mile Red-Blazed connector cuts southwest past Holly Spring to the Appalachian Trail and Beulahland trail, and a Green-Blazed extension continues north 2 miles to Sunfish Pond.

4 Miles with 1,000 foot elevation climb
Terrain Varies and can be steep at times.
Wear proper footwear and bring drinking water.

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Directions from the Shawnee Inn

10 Minutes, 5.3 Miles from The Shawnee Inn. Turn left out fo the main entrance onto River Rd. Continue on River Rd for 1.5 miles and at the stop light, turn left. Follow sign for I-80 East (New Jersey). Merge onto I-80 East and take second ramp after toll bridge. Turn left under I-80, and left again to enter I-80 westbound. Dunnfield Parking Area is on the right just before re-entering I-80 westbound: the overflow lot is 650ft past Dunnfield, actually on I-80 westbound.

Mt Tammany - Red Dot Trail

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This trail begins at Dunnfield and climbs a steep rocky grade to join the Blue-Blaze trail atop Mt. Tammany. This route is challenging , due to the rocky trail conditions and rapid rise in elevation. Hikers must be in good physical condition and willing to hike over large rocks and boulders. Chances are excellent that vultures, hawks and occasional eagles will be soaring around.

1.5 mile Hike with a 1,250 ft elevation rise.
Terrain Varies and can be steep at times.
Wear proper footwear and take drinking water.

Directions from The Shawnee Inn

10 Minutes, 5.3 Miles from The Shawnee Inn.
Turn left out fo the main entrance onto River Rd.
Continue on River Rd for 1.5 miles and at the stop light, turn left.
Follow sign for I-80 East (New Jersey).
Merge onto I-80 East and take second ramp after toll bridge.
Turn left under I-80, and left again to enter I-80 westbound.
Dunnfield Parking Area is on the right just before re-entering I-80 westbound: the overflow lot is 650ft past Dunnfield, actually on I-80 westbound.

Mt. Tammany - Blue Blazed Trail

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This trail branches off the Appalachian Trail just north of Dunnfield to join the Red Dot Trial atop Mt. Tammany. Hike may be have a steep, rocky grade at times. This route is challenging , due to the rocky trail conditions and rapid rise in elevation. Hikers must be in good physical condition and willing to hike over large rocks and boulders. Terrain Varies and can be steep at times. Wear proper footwear and take drinking water. 

Directions from The Shawnee Inn

10 Minutes, 5.3 Miles from The Shawnee Inn.
Turn left out fo the main entrance onto River Rd.
Continue on River Rd for 1.5 miles and at the stop light, turn left.
Follow sign for I-80 East (New Jersey).
Merge onto I-80 East and take second ramp after toll bridge.
Turn left under I-80, and left again to enter I-80 westbound.
Dunnfield Parking Area is on the right just before re-entering I-80 westbound: the overflow lot is 650ft past Dunnfield, actually on I-80 westbound.

Bushkill Falls

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The "Niagara of Pennsylvania," Bushkill Falls is among the Keystone State's most famous scenic attractions. This unique series of eight waterfalls, nestled deep in the wooded Pocono Mountains, is accessible through an excellent network of hiking trails and bridges which afford fabulous views of the falls and the surrounding forest.
Park hours vary. Generally, 9:00 AM to either 4:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM, or 7:00 PM. Ticket sales, shops, food service, and events all stop 1 hour prior to park closing. Closed December through March. Falls are accessible by a series of trails with varying terrain as well as built wooden footpath, bridges and stairs. 

Adults: $13.50 / day
Seniors (Ages 62 and older): $12.50 / day
Children (Ages 4 through 10): $8 / day
Children (Ages 3 and younger): Free

Phone: (570) 588-6682

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Directions from The Shawnee Inn

21 Minutes, 12 Miles from The Shawnee Inn.
Turn right out of the main entrance onto River Rd.
In 0.2 miles turn left onto Hollow Rd.
Follow Hollow Rd for 4.1 miles and turn right on Milford Rd/US 209 N.
Follow 209 N for 4.8 miles. Turn left onto Bushkill Falls Road.
In 1.7 miles turn left. In 0.2 miles you will arrive at your destination.

Adam's Creek Trail

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One of the hidden treasures of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is undoubtedly Adams Creek Trail. Visitors will be delighted to discover a rugged trail that meanders along, and through, Adams Creek and ending at the waterfall. Be aware that there are four creek fords along this trail through cold, knee-deep water.

Length: 1.1 mile, one-way
Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
Elevation change: 157 feet
Terrain varies and can be challenging,
Wear proper footwear. Required to cross the creek several times in knee deep water.

Directions from The Shawnee Inn

32 Minutes, 22.5 Miles from The Shawnee Inn.
Turn right out of the main entrance onto River Rd.
In 0.2 miles turn left onto Hollow Rd.
Follow Hollow Rd for 4.1 miles and turn right on Milford Rd/US 209 N.
Follow 209 N for 17.8 miles.
Your destination will be on the left.

Railway Avenue Trail

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For a few years in the mid-nineteenth century, Pennsylvania was home to more miles of railroad track than all the other states in the Union put together. The short Railway Avenue trail celebrates this era as it follows a short section of the Pennsylvania-Delaware railroad. Enjoy lunch or a snack with your hike in the nearby Bushkill Village picnic area.

Length: 0.4 mile, one-way
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation change: 16 feet
Trailhead location: Creek Road

Directions from The Shawnee Inn

17 Minutes, 9.7 Miles from The Shawnee Inn.
Turn right out of the main entrance onto River Rd.
In 0.2 miles turn left onto Hollow Rd.
Follow Hollow Rd for 4.1 miles and turn right on Milford Rd/US 209 N.
Follow 209 N for 4.7 miles.
Turn left onto Creek Rd.
In 0.3 miles you will arrive at your destination.

Dingmans Falls

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A flat boardwalk trail, with views of waterfalls and ravines. It's about 0.25 miles one way and passes Silverthread and Dingmans Falls.

The visitor center at Dingmans Falls is open daily 9-5 during the summer till September.
(570) 828-6125


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Directions from The Shawnee Inn

34 Minutes, 22.1 Miles from The Shawnee Inn.
Turn right out of the main entrance onto River Rd.
In 0.2 miles turn left onto Hollow Rd.
Follow Hollow Rd for 4.1 miles and turn right on Milford Rd/US 209 N. Follow 209 N for 16.3 miles.
Turn left onto Johnny Bee Rd and continue 1.0 miles to the visitor center and trail.

Spur to the Appalachian - A Mt Minsi Trail

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This 1/4 mile trail begins across Route 611 from Resort Point parking area and climbs alongside a stream that once ran through the basement of the Kittatinny Hotel (Look in to parking area for the base of the hotel's fountain). At the top, turn left for views of the Gap along the Appalachian Trail southbound, or turn right to Lake Lenape and the Appalachian Trail northbound.

Moderate. Uphill, a couple of steep rocky areas.
No Restrooms
Hikers should carry sufficient water for the entire hike.
Carry out all trash.
Cutting, defacing, or removing any natural feature is prohibited.
Pets must be on a 6-foot leash at all times.
Horseback riding, biking, and all types of motorized vehicles (except authorized vehicles) are prohibited on the trail within the recreation area.

Click here for more information

Directions from The Shawnee Inn

Turn left out of the main entrance onto River Rd.
Continue on River Rd. for 1.5 miles.
Turn left onto Broad St.
At light, continue to the left (Rte 611).
Follow up hill for 0.7 miles to Resort Point Parking Area.