It’s no secret that Delaware doesn’t have many mountains. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway with some elevation and great fall foliage potential, check out these 4 spots that are within a 3.5 hour drive of Dover!
1. Delaware Water Gap New Jersey/Pennsylvania
Summary: The Delaware River dramatically cuts through a large ridge of the Appalachian Mountains at the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, forming the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
Recommended Trail: Hike the Red Dot Trail at Mount Tammany. Get there early, as the parking lot fills later in the day.
Other things to do: While you’re in the area, take a small detour to Bushkill Falls. The area is a bit touristy, but the waterfalls are so worth it.
View from the Red Dot Trail at Mount Tammany
One of the many waterfalls at Bushkill Falls
2. Lehigh Gorge State Park and Hickory Ridge State Park
White Haven/Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
Summary: Lehigh Gorge State Park and Hickory Run State Park are about 30 minutes apart, and each one offers unique adventures. Hickory run features waterfalls and a glacial boulder field, while Lehigh Gorge offers biking and hiking through the gorge as well as the stunning Glen Okono Falls.
Recommended Trail: At Hickory Run, do the Shades of Death Trail and the trail to Hawk Falls for great waterfall views. Make sure to stop by the boulder field and climb on the rocks. At Lehigh Gorge, hike Glen Okono Falls. When you get to the top of the falls, keep going up for a great overlook.
Other things to do: Stop by the charming town of Jim Thorpe to take a ride on the steam train and wander the shops and restaurants.
View from an overlook on the Glen Okono Falls trail
Hawk Falls at Hickory Run State Park
3. Rocks State Park Jarrettsville, Maryland
Summary: Rocks State Park is one of the closer mountainous options when you live in Delaware, and King and Queen’s Seat is offers spectacular views.
Recommended Trail: King and Queen’s Seat is the best spot to take in the mountain views. Walk all the way out to the end of the rock outcropping for maximum views.
Other things to do: Hike to Kilgore Falls and enjoy the beautiful waterfall.
View from King and Queen’s Seat
Kilgore Falls in the fall
4. Ricketts Glen State Park
Summary: Hike the Falls Trail to see 21 waterfalls packed into one epic hike. The main Falls Trail is 7.2 miles, and it’s totally worth it to do the entire thing. If you want a shorter hike, you can see most of the falls from a shorter 3.2 mile option, but I recommend doing the full Falls Trail.
Do you have more adventure recommendations? Let me know!