The Delaware State Forest covers over 80,000 lush acres just west of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
Named in honor of the Delaware River, the forest was originally developed as a conservation area in the late 19th century and officially protected in 1897 with the implementation of the State Forest system. Mixed oak and northern hardwood forest ecosystems preserve a wide variety of native flora and fauna, with ample hunting and fishing opportunities offered at sites such as Saventine Creek and East Spring. 28 miles of ATV and snowboarding trails are also offered, along with hundreds of miles of vehicle roads for scenic driving. Backcountry camping is allowed at several sites throughout the forest with permits.
The Delaware River runs through this forest, creating a unique landscape filled with glacial lakes and bogs. The natural beauty provides scenic views, fascinating wildlife, and a diverse population of plants. Visitors have access to over 30 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, 28 miles of ATV trails, and 13 lakes and ponds stocked with native species for fishing.
The district also hosts six natural areas. More than 200 miles of trails are offered throughout the forest, including the 26-mile Thunder Swamp Trail System which provides a network of interconnecting hiking trails. The trail crosses numerous ridges, valleys, and follows the contours of wetlands. Also, four miles of the multi-state Appalachian Trail traverses the forest. Trails within the forest are open to mountain biking. Most trails are kept clear over the summer. Trails within the forest are open to horseback riding.