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    Delaware Water Gap area AT hike suggestions

    Couple buddies and I will be doing a small section of AT in a couple weeks. We want to start somewhere in PA south of Delaware Water Gap and end in NJ near Culver's Gap. Going to use 2 cars and we have Friday, Saturday and Sunday to hike/camp.

    Any suggestions on entry point and parking on the PA side, and similarly parking/exit in NJ? Is camping in NJ only in designated campling areas, or is stealth off the AT ok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris K View Post
    Couple buddies and I will be doing a small section of AT in a couple weeks. We want to start somewhere in PA south of Delaware Water Gap and end in NJ near Culver's Gap. Going to use 2 cars and we have Friday, Saturday and Sunday to hike/camp.

    Any suggestions on entry point and parking on the PA side, and similarly parking/exit in NJ? Is camping in NJ only in designated campling areas, or is stealth off the AT ok?
    I did the I-80 to Raccoon Ridge section a couple of weeks ago. When you are in Worthington State Forest you must camp at the designated campsite about five miles in. There's a custodian that patrols the trail looking for stealth hikers. I ran into him three times after leaving Sunfish Pond.

    Once you get out of Worthington and into Delaware Water Gap (federal land), you can camp 50 ft. off the trail but no more than 100 ft.

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    Thanks Silvr. Yes I did see your post after searching for Delaware Water Gap. Did you end up parking at the NJ side at Dunnfield?

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    Depending on what kind of mileage you would like to accomplish, you could start out in Wind Gap, Pa. which is off Rt. 33. There is a small parking area there where the trail go under the Rt. 33 overpass. It is about 16 miles to the Gap. Excellent hanging spots atop Mt. Minsi, and great views for a sunrise. From the Gap, its about 27 or 28 miles to Rt. 206, Culver's Gap. This is a really beautiful section on NJ to hike. My experience with the State Rangers regarding hanging hammocks has always been positive. They do insure that straps are being used, so no damage is done to the trees. With that being said, between the Water Gap and Millbrook-Blairstown Road, there are no AT shelters, but camping is available along the trail in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area which begins about 7 miles north of the Gap. There is parking in Culver's Gap on Rt. 206. Also, hit the side trail to Buttermilk Falls. Well worth the effort. Remember...post pics!!
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    Thanks SoundWitness. Looking do 10 to 15 miles per day. I was thinking about Wind Gap but it may be a bit too long for 3 days and 1 newb hiker/camper.

    Is there overnight parking at Buttermilk Falls area off Walpack Road? Was thinking this could be a decent exit point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris K View Post
    Thanks Silvr. Yes I did see your post after searching for Delaware Water Gap. Did you end up parking at the NJ side at Dunnfield?
    That's where I parked.

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    From Wind Gap to Kirkridge Shelter (and water) it's 9.2 miles but very rocky. I did that with my 13 year old daughter, so you big boys should be OK with it.

    Then the next leg to the backpacker campsite before Sunfish Pond is 11.1 miles.

    The third leg could then go 9.1 to Millbrook-Blairstown Rd.

    Check out the latest reports of vandalism at the Wind Gap parking area. I've heard things over the years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris K View Post
    Thanks SoundWitness. Looking do 10 to 15 miles per day. I was thinking about Wind Gap but it may be a bit too long for 3 days and 1 newb hiker/camper.

    Is there overnight parking at Buttermilk Falls area off Walpack Road? Was thinking this could be a decent exit point.
    Agreed. It's an aggressive pace, and north of Wind Gap is still pretty rocky.

    The only parking I'm aware of is on Blue Mountain Lakes Road, which is just south of Buttermilk Falls, maybe 3 miles or so.. If you have time to hit the BM Falls, then do so. The falls is on a blue blazed trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by perrito View Post
    From Wind Gap to Kirkridge Shelter (and water) it's 9.2 miles but very rocky. I did that with my 13 year old daughter, so you big boys should be OK with it.

    Then the next leg to the backpacker campsite before Sunfish Pond is 11.1 miles.

    The third leg could then go 9.1 to Millbrook-Blairstown Rd.

    Check out the latest reports of vandalism at the Wind Gap parking area. I've heard things over the years.
    As I have as well. The parking is very popular with area hikers, and heavily traveled. I haven't parked there, so I don't have first hand knowledge.
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    Any outfitters or shuttle services in the Gap area? May consider only taking 1 car if I can secure a shuttle. Park at or near Culvers Gap/Rt 206 and get shuttle to I-80 Gap area?

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