Wild New Jersey Exclusive: A Walk in the Clouds at the Delaware Water Gap
A hiker stands atop Mount Tammany, overlooking the Delaware River.
Photo by David Wheeler, Edison Wetlands Association.
The Delaware River carves out steep cliffs, creating New Jersey's most scenic mountain hike. Mount Tammany rises up steeply from the winding river, marking the start of the Kittatinny Ridge. On a recent morning, Wild New Jersey's David Wheeler hiked this rugged boulder-strewn mountain trail. Talus slopes angled down to the river and the tiny cars speeding far below along Route 80, with some trails nearing a 45-degree angle.
Wildlife and their signs abound, with the birdsong of warblers filling the air, raptors thermaling across the skies, wild turkey on the edge of a clearing, and bear scat marking one of the side trails. Nothing, however, could beat the views of neighboring Mount Minsi on the Pennsylvania side, and the Delaware River over 1,500 feet below. The rolling fog draped the mountains in mystery, lending an aura of far west to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.