Over 30 Miles of Hiking & Biking
The McDade Recreational Trail will give you a view of all that Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area has to offer. This 31-mile trail stretches nearly the entire length of the park from Milford Beach in the north to the Hialeah trailhead in the south. Along the way, you’ll enjoy views of the tranquil river, farmland, and forests.
The McDade Trail is ideal for hiking and biking, as well as cross-country skiing in the winter. Numerous trailheads and parking areas provide convenient access.
The terrain on the McDade Trail ranges from smooth, flat sections to rugged, steep climbs. From Milford Beach to Bushkill Village, the trail is generally easy to moderate, with the exception of a difficult section between White Pines and Dingmans Campground. The area around the park headquarters is also difficult with steep switchbacks. A mountain bike is the best option for these challenging sections.
Leashed pets are allowed on the trail except at Milford and Smithfield beaches and between Smithfield Beach and Hialeah from late spring to early fall. The section from the Pittman Orchard trailhead to Conashaugh trailhead is closed from December 15 to July 15 for eagle nesting. Visit the National Park Service website for the latest trail conditions.