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Walpack is located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, which encompasses 67,000 acres of stunning landscape protected by the National Park Service. Stokes State Forest also borders Walpack and contains many more natural sites to explore. In both areas, visitors enjoy rafting, canoeing, hiking, camping, swimming, cycling, fishing, horseback riding, and picnicking. We have compiled a list of some of our favorite local spots to visit in and around Walpack. We hope you come to enjoy the area as much as we have over the years!

The Delaware Water Gap

There are many scenic hiking trails throughout the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Each season of the year provides different views and a renewed appreciation for the natural beauty of the area. The hiking trail at Buttermilk Falls is one of our favorites, located just three miles from the Inn. You can drive your car right to the base of the stunning waterfall, which offers some flexibility in the length of your hike. Childs Park and Dingmans Falls also have some impressive waterfalls.  Both are about 20 minutes from Walpack, located on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River.  Exploring the falls and surrounding areas is a favorite activity for nature-lovers of all ages.  Click here for a complete list of hikes within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.  You can also visit National Geographic’s Nat Geo Tourism website for a travel guide outlining favorite places along the scenic Delaware River.

The Delaware River

The scenic Delaware River offers a variety of activities for those seeking an outdoor adventure.  Some favorite activities include kayaking, rafting, and fishing along the river.  There are also many local beaches, such as Milford Beach in Pennsylvania.  The MacDade Trail, which runs parallel to the river for 31 miles, provides excellent views of the river and surrounding area on a well maintained hiking and biking trail. Throughout the summer, MCTA partners with the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area to offer a free public bus service along the Pennsylvania side of the river each weekend. It makes stops in Dingman’s Ferry and Milford, which are about 20 minutes from the Inn. The river’s natural banks are sure to provide a cool escape from summer heat and a striking view any season of the year!

Stokes State Forest

 

There are more than 33 miles of scenic trails in Stokes State Forest, as well as a variety of sites for outdoor activities.  Some of our favorite trails are in Tilman’s Ravine. The ravine is about 1.5 miles from the Inn, located in a Hemlock forest. Alongside the trails you will see an abundance of greenery and small cascading waterfalls.  Hikers also enjoy visiting the crest of Sunrise Mountain; the main parking lot is just over 10 minutes from Walpack.  At the top, you will find a pavilion built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, not to mention, a very impressive view from 1,653 feet above sea level!  Stokes State Forest also offers tent and cabin camping.  Click here for a list of additional outdoor activities and camping rates on the Stokes State Forest website.  Click here for a trail guide outlining all trails in Stokes State Forest.

Sussex County Sunflower Maze

If you make your way to Sussex County this August or September, you must visit The Sussex County Sunflower Maze ™ at Liberty Farm in Sandyston Township (about 10 minutes from Walpack).  The maze was first created and produced by Liberty Farm’s owner, Raj Sinha, in 2011.  Last year, there were over 1.5 million flowers to photograph, making it the largest sunflower maze on the East Coast!  In addition to the maze, visitors can enjoy a Kids’ Scavenger Hunt, Build your own Scarecrow Contest, and a Bug Safari Tour.  The Sussex County Sunflower Maze ™ is open daily in August and September.  Click here to visit their website for additional information, including exact dates of operation; it is an incredible sight you cannot miss!

Peters Valley School of Craft

Peters Valley School of Craft in Layton, NJ is a nationally recognized non-profit education center driven by the mission of “enriching lives through the learning, appreciation, and practice of the art of fine craft”.  Their main focus is on Immersion Learning workshops for adults and youth in blacksmithing, ceramics, fibers & weaving, fine metals, photography printmaking, woodworking and special topics such as glass, painting and mixed media. Workshops for beginners through professionals are held mid-spring through mid-fall, taught by professional artists from around the  world. The studios are open to the public on Saturday & Sunday afternoons (no charge). Artist lectures take place every Friday evening at 7pm in the Bevans Church (June-August only) and are free and open to the public. Click here to visit the Peters Valley School of Craft website for more information.

Learn about the History of Walpack

Walpack, NJ- A Brief History

Walpack Township located in the scenic western section of Sussex County, along the Delaware River. The township includes a section of the Old Mine Road, which is reputed to have been constructed by the early Dutch miners in the mid-1600s as a means of transporting copper ore from the Pahaquarry area to Kingston (formerly Esopus), N. Y. At one time it was considered the longest commercial road of note in the colonies. The area was sparsely settled before 1736.

Walpack Township was originally much larger when it was part of Hunterdon County in 1731. Walpack became part of Morris County when that county separated in 1739. When Sussex County was established in 1753, Walpack comprised what is now Sandyston and Montague Townships in Sussex County and Pahaquarry (now Hardwick) in Warren County. It became the present size in 1824 when Warren County separated from Sussex County.

The Walpack Historical Society

The Walpack Historical Society had its first meeting on Sunday, October 27, 1984 at the Walpack M. E. Church in Walpack Center, New Jersey. The Society was officially organized in July of 1985.

At the time the Society was formed most of Walpack and the surrounding area had been purchased by the Army Corp of Engineers as it fell within the proposed Tocks Island Dam project. The administration of the area was then turned over to the National Park Service and designated as the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

With the demise of the dam project, Congress designated that the area of the Delaware River in the Tri-States area should be preserved as wild and scenic. On March 31, 1989, the Society was given the use of the Rosenkrans house in Walpack Center as a museum and headquarters for the Society. During 1995-1997 the Losey/Robbins house and the former post office in Walpack Center were added, under an agreement with the National Park Service.

WHS Mission

The Society actively stimulates an awareness and interest in the Walpack area through lectures, tours, publications and special events, such as Van Campen Day, hikes and exhibits at countywide events.

It promotes collection, preservation and dissemination of Walpack area history and acts as a repository for artifacts of the Walpack area. The Walpack Historical Society also maintains a small museum as well as an online store with a variety informational resources including local histories, maps, and town histories.  Click here to visit the Walpack Historical Society website for more information.

Our Favorite Local Businesses

Peters Valley Gallery

Peters Valley Gallery offers contemporary American crafts handmade by distinguished artists from the region and across the country in two galleries. Find a beautiful selection of pottery, jewelry, glass, wood, wearable fiber arts, photography, toys, books and more! There is a rotating exhibition on the second floor, the Sally D. Francisco Gallery. The gallery is open daily from 10 AM-6 PM May through December; it is open ThursdaySunday from 10 AM-5 PM January through April.  Click here to visit the Peters Valley Gallery website.

 

 

 

 

Eberhardt’s Fresh Pickins offers a unique selection of many favorite items- antiques, vintage collectables, art, seasonal produce, coffee and tasty treats.  Whether shopping for ingredients for a meal, antique furniture, or an unusual gift, customers always enjoy a fun shopping experience.  Eberhardt’s Fresh Pickins sells produce when it is available locally from tri-state area farmers; produce varies throughout the season, and pumpkins and Christmas trees are available later in the year.  It also has a wide variety of locally made jams, pickles, salsa, condiments, honey, pure maple syrup, and a selection of delicious snacks, baked goods and artisan breads.  Additionally, customers will always find a unique display of antique and vintage treasures priced to sell. The Fresh Pickins team is constantly on the hunt to find fresh merchandise, offering a selection of artwork from both professional and amateur artists.  Next time you are in the area, be sure to stop by and see all that this wonderful local store has to offer!  Click here to visit their website.