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There’s An Aquatic Playground In New Jersey

The Delaware River cuts through the Appalachian Mountains in the shape of an ‘S,’ feeding a 67,000-acre recreation area with lakes, streams and beautiful waterfalls.

The Delaware Water Gap, a river valley that spreads over the border between Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey, was a popular destination in the 1800s, gathering city folk here in the area resorts to enjoy nature and escape the summer heat. It was also a settlement for the Lenni Lenape Native Americans, and also a frontier in the French and Indian War.

Within the Water Gap, you’ll find 40 miles of the Middle Delaware National Scenic River for kayaking, canoeing, rafting or tubing. There is also 100 miles of hiking trails, including 27 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Black bears, timber rattlesnakes and nesting peregrine falcons share the valley, so keep an eye out.

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