Note: Below is a tentative list of possible activities.
The final schedule will likely change as the event draws nearer.
Activities may be added, deleted, or modified.
Renewable Energy at Apple Pond Farm: Operates as an organic farm featuring draft and pleasure horses, and naturally-raised sheep and goats. Through several wind and solar renewable energy systems, the farm seeks to be as independent of fossil fuels as possible. Be enlightened by an hour Renewable Energy Tour of the farm and learn about energy efficiency and energy production systems; wind turbine, solar-electric and solar-thermal systems, straw bale house, used vegetable oil furnace and truck and more, that power 95% of the farm. We will discuss ways that you can start saving and producing energy yourself.
Museum at Bethel Woods: The museum is featuring the 2019 exhibit We Are Golden: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival & Aspirations For A Peaceful Future. The Museum at Bethel Woods, where vibrant, interactive exhibits, programs, and events celebrate the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair and the entire decade that it came to represent. The significance of this event as a culminating event of a decade of radical cultural transformation, and the legacy of the Sixties and Woodstock today.
Harvest Festival at Bethel Woods: The Harvest Festival highlights the bounty and talent of both Sullivan County and the surrounding areas. It is free, family-friendly and features more than 100 vendors, including a farmer's market, craft and artisan goods, specialty food, beer, wine, spirits, and food trucks. Offerings also include live music, a creative learning tent, corn and hay mazes, and horse and buggy rides.
Four-hour Treetop Adventure Course is just over 3,000 feet in its entirety with varying obstacles including elevated bridgeways from one tree platform to the next, logs hanging from ropes to walk across, ladders, a cargo net, and a total of 16 different zip lines. The course is 50 feet off the ground with over 30 different midair elements. You don't have to be in excellent shape to do this, but you need to be an active person. This four-hour adventure is worth the cost, and then some. Not for the faint of heart, but it can also be tailored to your activity level. If uncomfortable with a course, you have the opportunity to walk to the next one. There are five separate courses covered that increase in levels of skill as you move along.
Enjoy an 11-mile section of the Delaware River from Kittatinny’s River Beach Base in Milford, PA to Dingman’s Access. The river is a calm water destination with few notable rapids. It is ideal for beginners to develop paddling and river reading skills and perfect for the experienced paddler who enjoys the untamed peaceful beauty of the Middle Delaware. Four miles into this trip you will arrive in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Paddle through forested mountains in long deep pools and brief stretches of shallow riffles with barely a house in sight. Paddlers of all skill levels appreciate Middle Delaware's peaceful beauty, wildlife sightings, and high-water quality. You will see stunning scenery with lush vegetation and an abundance of wildlife. A good possibility to see bald eagles, osprey and occasionally whitetail deer. You will notice primitive campsites on both sides of the river and some of its islands, offering overnight stays. Canoe, Kayak, Double Kayak, and Solo Canoe Available. This is a long novice level trip.
Grab a bike and head out on a beautiful, primarily flat section of the McDade Trail! Ride out five miles over five bridges to the historic Owen’s Natural Spring House and turn around for a 10-mile round trip pedal or continue a little further to get a great vantage point over the Delaware River. A perfect 10- or 14-mile ride on the easiest, most scenic section of the trail while enjoying a bit of history along the way with the amazing views. Most people finish in about two to three hours. After the ride, cool off with a swim on the beach in the Delaware River.
The ride will be a self-guided bike tour through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area along the scenic McDade Trail. Pedal at your own pace along the well maintained, wide gravel path. McDade trail consists of 30 miles that parallel the Delaware River, extending from the Hialeah Picnic Area (in the south) to Milford, PA (in the north). Along the ride are designated areas for picnicking and swimming with restrooms. We will travel along the southern part of the trail, enjoying mountain and river views, historical landmarks (traversing former settlements and farms), mountain streams, forests, fields and abundant wildlife. From Hialeah to Owens trailheads, the trail is mostly flat as it traverses former settlements and farms.
Rental equipment will be supplied at the trailhead at Smithfield Beach for anyone who needs a bike by Edge of the Woods Outfitters. Rentals Include bike/helmet and map. At Smithfield Beach trailhead, there is swimming, picnicking area and restrooms available at bike trail ($10 parking fee per vehicle).
SOLD OUT UNLESS YOU CAN DRIVE THERE. Contact us directly to register.
Start by hiking along the Appalachian Trail just about 4 miles to Sunfish Pond, a slow, steady uphill on a wide rocky path. You will reach a monument and see a sign for Sunfish Pond in 3.7 miles and will have climbed almost 1,000 feet. This is a popular destination because the hike then takes you through some of the prettiest forests in New Jersey to arrive at Sunfish Pond, a glacial lake 1,000 feet ABOVE the surrounding area. After lunch at the far end of the pond we will head back down toward the cars on Dunnfield Creek Trail. This trail stays close to the creek as it heads southwest toward the Delaware River. Dunnfield Creek Trail is very rocky and uneven for the first mile but begins to get smoother farther along. The trail follows most of the twists and turns in the shallow creek, and you will cross back and forth several times to avoid the steep banks on one side or the other. Three miles down, this trail crosses the creek near what is sometimes called Dunnfield Falls. From there it is a short distance back to the cars along the famous AT trail.
Sunfish Pond is a popular destination, but rightly so. For newer hikers, this hike is manageable… but it’s also not a “walk in the park,” and 9 miles may be longer than you realize or can comfortably do. While on our way back, we’ve passed many weary hikers asking, “how much farther to the pond?” Please, honestly assess your fitness level. This is not a good choice for your first hike.
Hike seven miles with 900 ft overall elevation gain (400 ft. in the first mile) in Cliff Park, Milford, PA including views of Hackers Falls and the Delaware Water Gap. Add an optional one mile/220 ft elevation change for views of Raymondskill Falls (the highest waterfall in Pennsylvania). The trail to Hackers Falls is relatively easy with some rocky areas. The trail to Raymondskill Falls is rooty and steep, with some steps.
Cliff Trail offers some of the most spectacular overlook views in the serpentine Delaware River Valley from atop the Raymondskill Ridge. Reward-to-effort ratio is high on this hike. After an initial uphill climb, follow a mostly level ridge with views from at least four vantage points, it is possible to see three states (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York). These views were so inspiring to early filmmakers that several westerns were filmed using this magnificent scenery as stand-ins for the landscapes out west. About halfway, you arrive at Milford Knob where you will have a vantage point of the town of Milford, PA below and High Point, NJ in the background.
As you go deep in a thick forest, you can hear the flow of water as you descend into the mystical valley that holds the fan-shaped Hackers Falls, which is more than 20 feet tall. As you near the falls, the thundering sound is a dead giveaway to the exact location. Time to turn off the phone, and enjoy what has been provided to us for free.
Back at the parking lot, head down about ½ mile to visit Raymondskill Falls. The three-tiered Raymondskill Falls is the tallest waterfall in Pennsylvania. If you add the drops from each tier together, the waterfall is only a few feet shorter than Niagara Falls. While the trail is short, it is fairly steep and uneven. The upper viewing area provides a view of the upper pool and the top of one of the drops. The lower viewing area provides a great photo opportunity of the falls. A spur off the main trails provides a quarter-mile, one-way walk to Raymondskill Creek (this trail does not lead to the bottom of the falls).
Tumbling Waters Trail is along gurgling creeks through tranquil hemlock ravines, down to roaring waterfalls and up to views of the Delaware River Valley and the Kittatinny Ridge in New Jersey. This 3-mile orange blazed trail begins along the Fossil trail, across from Pocono Environmental Education Center's two group lodges, 30 yards up the campus road from PEEC's dining hall. At the end of the first mile, hikers are rewarded with a beautiful overlook of the Delaware Valley and Kittatinny Mountains in New Jersey at Hermits Hill. At 1.5 miles, take a series of switchbacks down 240Ft. to the waterfalls. We will enjoy listening to the waterfalls while taking lunch. Afterward, you must climb back up the switchbacks before continuing the main trail, which quickly ascend Killer Hill (total of 340Ft elevation gain from the falls to top of the hill). We will pass through 3 forest types: a hemlock forest, a mixed oak forest, and a pine plantation before arriving on the shore of Pickerel Pond, which is a few minutes from the end of this trail.
After a break at the main lodge for bathrooms, head back out for about another hour towards the Moderate to Easy 1½ mile Scenic Gorge which begins with Ridgeline Trail. Experience an open hardwood forest ecosystem & a dark, cool hemlock canopy along Spackman's Creek.
This is a repeat of Friday's Activity.
The Ridgeline Trail is a well-marked and well maintained 4.5 mile/3 hour (without stops) moderate hike with less than 250 Ft elevation gain. For the first half-mile and the last mile of the trail, the Ridgeline Trail runs concurrently with the Scenic Gorge Trail.
You pass through the oak-chestnut forest and then climb up and over ridges of sedimentary rock, descend from a steep ridge – with the help of a rope – to the gorge below, where you visit the ruins of a cabin and its abandoned earthen dam. Follow around forested wetlands, and dive deep into a mature Hemlock forest following Spackman’s Creek. Even though the terrain is hilly, much of the area was farmed, and rock walls and a stone chimney can be seen along the trail. Before you leave the forest, you come to a 15-foot waterfall on Alicia Creek (AKA Sparkman’s Creek) and then hike alongside the stream back to your starting point.
This is a repeat of Friday's activity.
Enjoy a peaceful easy walk through the forest near camp. A good portion of the three miles of trails in the Preserve is handicap accessible* with gradual uphill and downhill (total elevation gain/loss under 200 Ft.), and wide, mostly flat paths. There are few places where you need to watch your step with rocks and tree roots.
Before his death in 2008, Dingman Township native Charles Bridge donated his family's 300-acre property to the township. Charlie had two specific visions for the property ̶ to honor his late wife and mother, who wanted to preserve the property, and to honor their wish that the land be accessible for public enjoyment. He also requested that the Park be named the Cornelia and Florence Bridge Preserve in their honor.