What to do and see in Narrowsburg, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 7, 2017 Leonarda Pillsbury

Narrowsburg is a hamlet (and a census-designated place) in Sullivan County, New York, United States. The population was 431 at the 2010 census. Narrowsburg is in the western part of the Town of Tusten at the junction of Routes 52 and 97.
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1. Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational Area

Rr 2, Box 2428, Beach Lake, PA +1 570-685-4871
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational Area

The Delaware River runs along the border between New York and Pennsylvania.

Reviewed By Maurene_K - Dover, New Hampshire

We’ve been here before. During a long drive heading back to New England from a trip to Baltimore for the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key’s writing of the lyrics to the “The Star-Spangled Banner,” we detoured for an overnight in Budd Lake, NJ near Allentown, PA and the Pocono Mountains. Then, we drove though all three National Park Service units for the Delaware River.

Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River is a separate National Park Service unit from the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. It encompasses areas of PA and NY north of the Delaware Water Gap NRA and Middle Delaware National Scenic River. It extends through parts of five counties along this section of the river --- Delaware, Orange, and Sullivan in New York and Pike and Wayne in Pennsylvania. The Delaware River is the longest undammed, free-flowing river in the northeastern United States.

Unlike the other two areas, this one has towns and buildings close by that seem integrated into this national park unit. A drive on Route 97 is pleasant in any season.

As the name implies, this NPS area is mostly about the river. Recreational activities include canoeing, kayaking, rafting, tubing, fishing, and eagle watching. There are also hiking trails in Pennsylvania and New York. It is also about the home of author Zane Grey and Roebling Bridge, the oldest existing wire cable suspension bridge in the United States. Both are part of this national park unit. We visited both.

Admission is free to the Zane Grey Museum at 135 Scenic Drive in Lackawaxen, PA, but donations are gladly accepted. The self-guided tour of his study and office takes about an hour if you look at and read everything. The National Park Service volunteer at the desk is nearby and can answer any questions. It was home to this prolific western author in the early years from 1914 to 1918. Like Washington Irving, Zane Grey had a place to sleep just feet behind his desk. Irving’s was subtle; it was a padded bench that could be concealed by draw drapes. Grey’s was a full-sized twin bed with no camouflage. It was interesting to learn the Zane Grey was originally a dentist in New York City. “Riders of the Purple Sage” was his most famous novel. Other books became TV series --- “The Lone Ranger” and “Sergeant Preston of the Yukon.” Many of Grey’s works were published posthumously. The volunteer said that he heard that something had been published in February 2013.

For those who participate in the Passport to Your National Parks Program, the Zane Grey Museum has the cancellation station at the front desk. There are two cancellation stamps. They read:
● Upper Delaware SRR - Beach Lake, PA
● Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River - Zane Grey Museum
The bookstore is at Zane Grey Museum.

There was a kayak rental station across the street from the Zane Grey Museum. There are several others in on the New York side at Barryville, Narrowsburg, Port Jervis, and Hancock among others.

Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct a/k/a Roebling’s Bridge connects Lackawaxen, PA to Minisink Ford and Barryville, NY. Begun in 1847 as one of four suspension aqueducts on the Delaware and Hudson Canal, it was designed by and built under the supervision of John A. Roebling, future engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Roebling's Bridge Tollhouse is on the bridge on the New York side. It contains exhibits and historic photographs. I found it interesting. It took about 15 minutes to go through. The D&H Towpath Trail provides a one-mile stroll along the 1828 towpath. The bridge has a walking path for visitors to view the scenic beauty of the Delaware River. One might see bald eagles as there are nests in this area. I walked the bridge.

It was an experience to drive over and to walk on a bridge that was over 165 years old and still solid. There’s a parking area on the Lackawaxen side where one can get a good look at the structure of the aqueduct. That's a great photo stop. There are also info boards.

There are only a few restaurants in the area on the PA and NY sides of the bridge. There are more in Barryville, NY which has a coffee shop and a diner. There are no fast food places.

We recommend a visit to the attractions in the National Park Service unit from spring through fall.

A nice tag-on for history enthusiasts is a visit to Minisink Battleground Park that commemorates the Battle at Minisink Ford on July 22, 1779. It is also commemorated on the village square in Goshen, NY, in the Lackawaxen Cemetery adjoining St. Mark's Church in Lackawaxen, PA and Fort Decker in Port Jervis, NY.

The areas around the Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct are wheelchair accessible. There were stairs at the tollhouse. There were stairs in front of the Zane Grey Museum. Both are accessible only with assistance. Call the ranger station ahead.

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2. Upper Delaware River

Narrowsburg, NY 12764
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5 based on 38 reviews

Upper Delaware River

Reviewed By X899PXwilliamm - Beach Lake

The river is beautiful not only for it's clean water but for boating and eagle watching. A trip down the river can show wildlife from deer, bear , geese and ducks to the majestic bald eagle. The scuba diving at what is known as the hole is interesting and is believed to be from possibly a glacier water fall during the ice age. There is no current in the hole but you will need lights and bring your own air as there aren't any scuba shops in the area.

3. The Museum at Bethel Woods

200 Hurd Road, Bethel, NY 12720 +1 866-781-2922
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4.5 based on 424 reviews

The Museum at Bethel Woods

Reviewed By RexT - Ottawa, Canada

The idea of visiting the Woodstock site has been in the back of my mind for decades. I am a child of the 60s and that event had a huge impact on me personally. I had initially assumed that a trip there would mean looking at a farmer's field in the middle of nowhere. Boy was I wrong.

On a beautiful sunny October day, we spent 5-6 hours pouring over many state-of-the-art exhibits in this lovely museum which REALLY captures the spirit of "Woodstock" and of the 1960 music scene. It was not busy that day so we felt like we had the place virtually to ourselves.

It was a thrill to walk the hills where the event actually occurred and to visit the monument. My only (minor) complaint is that it would have been nice to somehow mark exactly where the stage was. We had a good general idea, but a flagpole or two might make for a nice addition.

Long story short, I can happily check this off my bucket list. This visit exceeded ALL of my expectations. Kudos to the organizers and administrators!

4. Sweetwater Guide Service

124 Hopkins Rd, Tyler Hill, PA 18469-4051
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5 based on 8 reviews

Sweetwater Guide Service

Reviewed By Jean S - Equinunk, Pennsylvania

Kids had a great time and wore big smiles as Evan took pictures of them holding their catch. It was their first time fishing, and they were not bored! It was a comfortable, safe learning experience with lots to see on the banks of the river, in the water and in the air. Their ages are 12 (boy) and 15 (girl)

5. Fort Delaware Museum

6615 State, Route 97, Narrowsburg, NY 12764-6130 +1 845-252-6660
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Fort Delaware Museum

We are a living history museum with colonial period-attired docents interpreting the lives and lifestyles of the first European settlers in the Upper Delaware River valley during the Revolutionary War period and discussing their place in local and Early American history. Blacksmithing, candle making, farming, cabin keeping, spinning, weaving, woodworking, religion, schooling, musketry and cannon firings are among the daily activities with periodic encampments,lectures and militia drills rounding out the programs.

Reviewed By GeorgeH-LI_NY-ExPat - Surf City, North Carolina

It really shows many of the hardships that people had to endure back in the pioneer days. It certainly makes me glad I have my iPhone and other modern conveniences. They do a really nice job with all of the displays, explanations & demonstrations of what early life was like in this area.
One of the reasons I liked this was because it was not too large and you did not have to spend all day to learn about it. The staff was very friendly and really took an true interest in showing off the fort and the exhibits. It seemed as if this was more of a passion for them rather than just a job :)

6. Skinners Falls

County Road 44, Narrowsburg, NY +1 800-252-3925
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Skinners Falls

Reviewed By HO82

We visited Skinner Falls whilst staying nearby. The views and scenery were amazing. We all went for a swim in the river which was surprisingly not cold! Plenty of activities for families and definitely a fun afternoon on a sunny day. We were traveling with a 1 year old so I would say would be more suitable for families with older children but we still had an enjoyable afternoon

1018 Beach Lake Hwy, Po Box 5, Beach Lake, PA 18405-8400 +1 570-729-7532
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3 based on 13 reviews

Carousel Water and Fun Park

Reviewed By Ken B - New York City, New York

Skip this rat trap and head to Costa's on Route 6. "Don" on the go kart track curses about and in front of the kids and when asked about his foul language says "I don't 'curse word' care." Well that's true of all elements at Carousel. Mini Golf is decrepit, Go Karts barely move around the oval track hasn't changed in 30 years (literally), water slides are filthy, bumper boats are basically broken in a dirty bathtub... and when you ask the woman in the ticket shack who the foul mouthed man at the track is she says I don't know. Really? This place is too far off the beaten path for such a sad experience. If you have no expectations and are in walking distance, this place might suffice, otherwise, take a short fast drive away from this place to anywhere else. Disgraceful.

8. Ski Big Bear

192 Karl Hope Blvd, Lackawaxen, PA 18435-7750 +1 570-226-8585
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Ski Big Bear

Located in Northeast Pennsylvania, in the Northern Pocono Mountains, Ski Big Bear is celebrating over 40 years of winter fun with your family. Our mountain has something for everyone with a near equal amount of beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain for skiing and snowboarding. Snow tubing is also available on weekends and holidays. Expected opening for skiing and snowboarding is December 10th, weather permitting. Regular ski hours are in effect January 2nd - March 5th. Check out our website for early season hours.

Reviewed By Ryan S - Seminole, Florida

The slopes were well managed and patrolled, staff was very friendly and the lifts were in good condition. We were lucky and had decent snow for two days but it was nice even afterwards. Tubing was fun but can get a little busy. There is a nice restaurant and bar at the top of the hill for when you want to take a little break.

9. Landers River Trips

5961 State Route 97, Narrowsburg, NY 12764-4245
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3.5 based on 46 reviews

Landers River Trips

Reviewed By simontnyc - New York, New York

Lander's offers a fairly large campground and lots of camp sites. On a recent weekend, early in the summer, the campground was not entirely full, but it's a pretty loud clientele. People come and play music very loud (lots of salsa music.) It you are thinking of escaping for the weekend and enjoying the "country" this is not for you. People come here from NYC and bring all their bad habit with them. The river is very nice however and it is a short walk from the campground to a part of the river where you can lay out on the rocks and play in the water.

10. Gone Fishing Guide Service

Narrowsburg, NY
Gone Fishing Guide Service

Join Tony Ritter, New York State and National Park Service, licensed guide for a river fishing charter on the Scenic and Recreational Upper Delaware River in the Catskills! We offer McKenzie driftboat fishing on the Upper Delaware River. 23rd year offering half and full day spin fishing and fly fishing charters for wild trout, smallmouth bass, walleye and American Shad. Licensed and insured by the National Park Service, NYS DEC and Pennsylvania FBC. You'll see bald eagles, Turkey, black bear, herons, osprey and red tail hawks throughout your float trip along with beautiful scenery. Hand tied flies and equipment is available. References on request. 2 hours NW of NYC and NJ. Tony is also a Trustee of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, served as Chairman of the Water Use Resource Management of the Upper Delaware Council and was re-elected town councilman in the town of Tusten in Sullivan County, New York. We hope you'll visit and see YOU on the river!

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