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AT in New Jersey

Delaware Water Gap
to Camp Road
Sunfish Pond

 

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This section of the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey is the first part of the AT in the state for north bound thru hikers.  This section begins as the trail follows the I-80 bridge over the Delaware River, then ascending to the ridge of Kittatinny Mountain.  This section ends at Camp Road, east of the scenic Sunfish Pond.

There are no shelters located along this section of the Appalachian Trail.  There are numerous rules for camping in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area as well as Worthington State Forest.  The only camping allowed in the state forest is at the Backpacker Campsite located about four miles north from I-80.  We suggest buying a copy of the Appalachian Trail Guide to New York-New Jersey for anyone planning a hike on this section of the AT.  We have some info and maps of this section of trail below.

Crossing the Delaware River

This section of the AT begins as you cross the Delaware River along the pedestrian walkway on the I-80 bridge.  Technically you are still in Pennsylvania until 0.4 miles, just prior to crossing the river.  After crossing the River the AT follows River Road.  There is an Information Center with restrooms and payphone that the trail travels close by at 1.0 miles.

Looking back at the pedestrian walkway to the I-80 bridge.

At 1.3 miles the trail turns left and goes under I-80, turns left and then right into a large parking area.  The AT heads into the woods at 1.4 miles.  This large parking area is known as the Dunnfield Creek Parking Area.  There is room for about 44 cars in this parking area.  The GPS coordintaes are N40 58.299 W75 07.513 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle.  Parking is also available in the large parking area along River Road parallel with I-80.

The trail now begins a climb of over 1000 feet in elevation at the AT first follows the scenic Dunnfield Creek.  The trail will eventually leave the creek and continue it's climb on Kittatinny Mountain.  At 3.9 miles reach the backpacker campsite.  The trail levels off some at 4.1 miles.  At 4.9 miles reach a designated backpacker campsite that has a moldering privy and a bear safe box. Reach Sunfish Pond at 5.2 miles.

Sunfish Pond is the southernmost glacial pond found along the Appalachian Trail.  The scenic pond is one of several protected natural areas in New Jersey.  There is no camping or swimming allowed at the pond.  The rest of this section is a pleasant, almost level walk until a slight descent to Camp Road and the end of this section.  You'll pass the Herbert Hiller Plaque along the trail on the way.  This long time trail booster was the 23rd Appalachian Trail 2000 miler.

 

Appalachian Trail Hiking Guide
New Jersey
ONLY $8.50
Hiking guide with descriptions and maps for the Appalachian Trail as it travels in New Jersey. The guide is broken down by 9 sections of the AT. The book comes to you delivered as a pdf file via email. Use the buy now button and we will send you the file via email usually within 24 hours of receiving payment.
Appalachian Trail in New Jersey
Delaware Water Gap to Camp Road
ONLY $1.50
Hiking guide with descriptions and maps for just this section of the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey. The guide comes to you delivered as a pdf file via email. Use the buy now button below and we will send you the file via email usually within 24 hours of receiving payment. Happy Hiking!

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