Rock Cores Trail Historical Walking Tour

​On Saturday October 28, 2023, at 1 PM the Friends of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area will be hosting a walking tour of the Rock Cores Trail in New Jersey's Worthington State Park. The tour will be lead by David Pierce, local writer and journalist, who possesses excellent knowledge of the area and history of the doomed Tocks Island Dam project, for which the rock cores were extracted. 

The tour begins at the Worthington State Forest Campsite on Old Mine Road (41.012775, -75.082257) on the NJ side of the Delaware River, with a brief historical explanation of this area and the Tocks Island Project by Dave Pierce.  The group will then shuttle up to a closer and smaller parking area further north on Old Mine Road and then walk about 1/4 mile before heading up the Rock Cores Trail from the northern end (where all the Rock Cores can be seen). Along this walk, David will describe the area as it relates to the plans for the dam and the history of the area. On the return trip, people will be free to ask questions or drop back from the group for a more leisurely walk or to capture a look at some of the fall foliage.

Up, means up!  The trail is fairly steep, particularly at the beginning.  Only those physically capable should attempt this climb.  

​The trail walk will take us about 1/2 mile along the Rock Cores Trail and then return.  Proper hiking shoes, bug repellent, and a hiking stick is strongly suggested.

The tour is no longer requiring pre-registration, but it is always helpful!  We will meet at the Worthington State Forest Campsite on Old Mine Road (41.012775, -75.082257), and carpool to the northern trailhead limited parking area.  ​The cost of this event is free to members of the Friends and a $5 donation is respectfully suggested for non-members.

Please join us!

Pre-register using the form below.  Be sure to include how many in your group. 

We look forward to seeing you there!!
Saturday, October 28, at 1 PM
at the Smithfield Beach in the DWGNRA off River Road on the PA side of the park 

Map for parking and trailhead plus a picture of our Fall 2021 Tocks Island Tour in PA below: