Setting up camp in the Delaware Water Gap along the Appalachian Trail isn’t something you do on a whim. You can’t park your car nearby, lug your gear up a hill, drag along the cooler, and erect a tent. Instead, camping along the Appalachian Trail (AT) in New Jersey’s heavily used Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (DWGNRA) is limited to designated areas and reserved exclusively for hikers on trips that require an overnight stop.
As most hikers know, the Appalachian Trail traverses mountain ridges and valleys for 2,100 miles as it winds its way across 14 states. The Garden State, although this term seems a misnomer on the craggy Kittatinny Range, is crossed by 73.6 of those miles. The Delaware Water Gap’s 27.3 miles get a lot of use, particularly on weekends, when urban refugees leave New York City and North Jersey behind and take to the remote trails. Some states allow dispersed backcountry camping along the AT.
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