Yesterday and this morning we explored a very small segment of this amazing national recreation area. At the Dingman’s Visitors Center we learned that the history of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is closely tied to the beginnings of the environmental movement in the 1960’s and 70’s and a proposed federally funded dam that was never built. What was once a vast swath of privately held land is now a public park. Hiking, camping, cultural history. We visited the Dingman’s Visitors Center to get an orientation to the park then climbed to the top of the falls that was once home to the Dingman family who would charge ten cents to view the falls. This morning we checked out Raymondskill Falls but because of construction couldn’t visit the lower falls viewing platform. Then we hiked the George Childs Park. Wow! Fabulous falls, a historic CCC picnic pavilion, and the ruins of a textile mill!

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