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Mount Tammany Summit Delaware Water Gap

Today I wanted to focus on a place I know nothing about. Delaware is a state that doesn’t exactly pop out when you think outdoors weekend. Being in the Air Force I’ve met people from all over but never someone from Delaware. Now don’t let the Delaware Water Gap fool you this hike is actually found in New Jersey but I will give credit to Delaware since they border each other. Either way what I found was better than I could have hoped for. The Delaware Water Gap is full of great hikes. Today we focus on the Mount Tammany hike.

This is a classic hike in Delaware Water Gap – and for good reason! As you climb to the summit of Mt. Tammany, it is easy to see why this is such a popular loop, as you are greeted with stunning views of the Delaware River, Mt. Minsi, and the surrounding wooded hillsides. While this is one of the more challenging hikes in the park, the views are well worth the effort.

Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views
Family Friendly: While this loop will likely be too strenuous for younger childern, older kids will enjoy the challenge of making it to the summit, and the distance is manageable with some strategic snack breaks.
Dogs: No Dogs
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3.5 miles. Rocky, steep. Short in length, but strenuous due to steepness. The return trail is less steep, but still very rocky. This loop goes up the RED DOT and returns down the BLUE trail. We recommend doing the loop that way; RED DOT is a bit harder to negotiate going down.

  • Easier variation: Go both up and down on the BLUE trail. You miss a view on the RED trail and it’s a less interesting hike – but it’s easier and you end up at the same viewpoint.
  • Easy/super short option: If the hike up is too much, or some people in your group don’t want to go, instead of hitting the summit you can go to the far end of the parking lot, head over the bridge and walk along Dunfield Creek on the Appalachian Trail. This is a stunning area of New Jersey and is gorgeous in any season. (if you do the loop hike below, you will pass by this area on your way back). When you get to the trail split (big ole sign there, can’t miss it), bear right to another bridge over the creek and some lovely water cascades.

Mount Tammany is one of the most popular hikes in New Jersey. You probably won’t have the trail to yourself but the view is worth the crowds. And you never know what you are going to get when you hit the top… we’ve been there on beautiful fall days with only a couple people quietly taking in the view… while one time we arrived to find tons of people, a guitar player belting out tunes, and people passing around a box of donuts. Ahhh, Jersey

Mount Tammany is a short but strenuous hike to a bluff overlooking the Delaware River and surrounding mountains and hills. The summit makes a good spot for a picnic or just for relaxing and watching the sunset. The entire hike also has plenty of beautiful photo ops, especially in the Fall.

Find the trailhead by the entrance to the parking lot, you will be following the Tammany Trail (also known as the Red Dot Trail).

Driving Directions

Take Interstate Route 80 west towards the Delaware Water Gap. Immediately beyond milepost 1, take the exit for “Dunnfield Creek/Appalachian Trail” and bear left at the fork. Continue past the underpass to the left and turn right into a parking area at signs with “P” and “hiker” symbols. (If you miss the exit from Route 80, take Exit 1, turn left at the end of the ramp, and continue on the service road parallel to Route 80 past the visitor center. Turn left at the underpass, go under Route 80, turn left again, and turn right at signs with “P” and “hiker” symbols.)

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