Raymondskill Falls: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

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Delaware Water Gap

Raymondskill Falls is one of the many falls in and around the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Delaware Water Gap NRA contains 70,000 acres along the middle section of the Delaware River in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. It begins at the water gap and stretches northward to the tristate border of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

A water gap is formed when water carves a path through a mountain range. In Earth’s ancient history, the North American and African continents collided, creating the Kittatinny Ridge. Streams flowing on one side of the ridge scoured a channel over the course of millions of years and became the Delaware River.

The Appalachian Trail and the Middle Delaware National Scenic River both run the length of the park. Waterfalls abound and many historic Dutch Colonial buildings sit within park boundaries.

Raymondskill Falls

In September, the humidity finally started to break. On a beautiful day, I decided to take a quick side trip to Raymondskill Falls when I was in the area.

The trail to Raymondskill Falls is a moderate .3 mile loop from the parking lot. At 178 feet tall, it stands as Pennsylvania’s tallest waterfall. It has three tiers.

Steps and steep winding paths wind up and down to two viewing platforms, one at the top of the upper tier and the other between the base of the upper tier and top of the middle tier.

Delaware Water Gap Posts

Location: 917 Raymondskill Rd, Milford, PA 18337
Designation: National Recreation Area
Date designated/established: September 1, 1965
Date of my visit: September 14, 2021

15 thoughts on “Raymondskill Falls: Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

      1. Yes, I grew up in Staten Island and all the streams were kills. The Dutch were among the first European settlers in the greater New York region…it was New Amsterdam before the British took over

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