Hike to Sunfish Pond

| 23 Jul 2015 | 10:34

— The public is invited to join a ranger-led hike to Sunfish Pond on the Kittatinny Ridge on Sunday, July 26, in commemoration of the park’s 50th anniversary.

In 1967, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas accompanied more than 1,000 people on a hike to Sunfish Pond to protest the expansion of the natural glacial pond for water storage as part of the Kittatinny Mountain Pumped Storage Project. In 1969, Sunfish Pond was acquired by the state of New Jersey. Today this outstanding natural feature is part of a Worthington State Forest and is a popular destination for hikers.

“This event is an opportunity to enjoy local history while looking toward the future of public lands during the 50th anniversary year of the outstanding Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area” said John Donahue, superintendent of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

Meet at the Douglas Trail parking area in Worthington State Forest at 9:30 a.m. This is a strenuous, 3.2-mile round trip hike.

Participants should wear sturdy shoes and bring water, snacks, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

For more information about Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, call park headquarters at 570-426-2452 (weekdays), or visit the park’s website, www.nps.gov/dewa.