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Delaware Water Gap Loop + ADD NEW ROUTE


34   in Pennsylvania Pennsylvania150 Miles Miles

By Mike
on July 1, 2005

3.7out of 5

5 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Start your route in Easton, PA. From US 22 at the NJ border take state route 611 north along the Delaware River. About 7 miles up the road, look for Martins Creek Belvidere Highway and turn right (east). Take Martins Creek Belvidere Highway and take the iron bridge and over the Delaware River into Belvidere, NJ. Make a left on Market (1st Light) and make a right on Manunkachunk Rd, then make a left on state route 46. Take this to I-80, get on I-80 west toward Delaware Water Gap. Take exit 1, and make a right on Old Mine Rd. (Note: Several routes go through De Water Gap Recreational area, some parts of Old Mine Rd can be in poor shape. I saw very few bad spots, but use 640 (Wallpack Flatbrookville Rd) as an alternate if you're concerned.) Stay on Old Mine Rd for about 27 miles and you'll intersect state route 560 where you make a left and head west on 560 and cross Dingman's Ferry Bridge ($.75 toll I think). After that get on 209S (south) and take it all the way down to Stroudsburg (about 24 miles). From Stroudsburg getting back to Easton is easy as all you have to do is follow the pretty route 611S all the way back to Easton PA ... doing this will complete the loop (total about 150 miles).

Scenery

Follows the Delaware River from Easton, PA to Dingman's Ferry. River scenery, rolling hills, mountains, forest. It has it all!

Note: The abandoned town of Wallpack Center has an interesting story behind it, park at the Post Office and check out the Historical Society next door if you'd like to hear it.

Road Quality

It's a fairly slow scenic route with lots of twists. Roads vary from excellent to fair depending on route and recent weather. Watch for gravel if it's rained recently.

Roadside Amenities

Many scenic stops, parks, campgrounds, river access points, and museums on the route, a few interesting restaurants as well. You'll pass by/through the Worthington State Forest and the Delware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather.

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By Gyro-HD
on October 19, 2014 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2014

Motorcycle Make H-D

Motorcycle Type Touring

I have ridden this road many times and it is a very nice route. However, the traffic on 209 from Stroudsburg to Bushkill is a nightmare during the summer; many stops and generally heavy traffic.

Also be aware that the federal lands along the river are heavily patrolled by National Park Service rangers. They practice giving out tickets on a grand scale. I was pinched for not slowing down through a construction zone on labor day weekend. No construction vehicles in sight but they had three cars writing tickets non-stop.

The NJ side of the river doesn't have as much a view of the river as the PA side, but it's a very nice ride through rural NJ with very little traffic. I thought the road surface was a little better on the NJ side.

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By Guest
on September 1, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I am thinking of doing this over the Labor Day weekend. John or Mike, would the return trip back down the other side be better on River Road?

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By Guest
on October 26, 2012 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1994

Motorcycle Make Honda Magna

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I live a few miles from this route and ride it quite often. I would suggest staying on 611 North in PA instead of crossing into NJ and taking the interstate. If you do, it takes you north along the river and through some nice, easy twisties...nothing crazy...and has some nice scenic pull-offs that overlook the river as strategic viewing points. I also use this route to take my little Ninja 500 for vigorous workouts.

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By Guest
on September 5, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Just completed the loop. It was a lot of fun. The only reason I gave it a 7 instead of higher, was that all of the forests block your view of the water. There are several scenic stops though. It would probably be better in the fall. Here is a custom map from Turkey Hill in Easton, PA. http://goo.gl/maps/dVC2. It does have a twist though... I did something different Southbound. I stayed on River Road instead of taking 209 through Bushkill. There was a growing traffic jam through Bushkill on 209. I was eating lunch just past Community Rd. which is the turn off that you want off of 209 to get to River Rd. CAUTION: If you eat lunch in Bushkill, then head back North to get onto community Road, it is a hairpin turn. My big cruiser and I lost our footing trying to walk the bike around the hairpin (gravel and dust). Thanks to all of the fine gentlemen that helped me lift 750 pounds. Barely a scratch. My floorboards saved everything. Who says you need engine guards? Do not let that discourage you. The roads are awesome and if you do not go into Bushkill, and turn onto Community Road while going Southbound on 209, you'll be fine.

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By Guest
on July 24, 2009 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

very nice route. roads can be tricky . many other routes in same area if you want to stay in pa

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