Updated: Feb 20, 2021
Port Jervis is a great base for all kinds of winter activities. There are more than fifty miles of trails for biking, hiking and snowshoeing in the Port Jervis Watershed with more in the works by the Outdoor Club of Port Jervis. The Lenape Ridge Trail begins on East Main Street and connects to the sixty-eight mile Shawangunk Ridge Trail, which in turn connects to the Appalachian Trail! It is less than a ten minute drive to the boundaries of two National Park Service units, the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area! The winding Hawk’s Nest Highway with its scenic overlooks perched above the Delaware River is less than a ten minute drive from downtown. The Park Avenue Observatory, built in Port Jersey in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, provides views of the Delaware River from the side of Mount William. The scenic Point Peter overlook in Elks-Brox Memorial Park, within city limits is a ten minute drive from downtown or a short hike up Lyric’s Lullaby Trail! Point Peter and Mount William at the northern edge of Port Jervis are the southernmost limits of the Catskill Mountains. From these points, five hundred feet above the town, you can see the nearby Pocono Mountains, just across the Delaware River and the Shawangunk/Kittatinny Ridge with the High Point Monument visible in New Jersey. There are more than twenty waterfalls publicly accessible within a thirty minute drive from Port Jervis, including Savantine, Sawkill and Buckhorn Falls in the nearby Delaware State Forest, Bushkill Falls visible from the Mongaup River Wildlife Management Area and many of the numerous waterfalls within the Delaware Water Gap. High Point Cross-Country Ski Center is a fifteen minute drive from Port Jervis, four downhill ski areas are within a forty-five minute drive and Sam’s Point and Catskill Park are less than an hour’s drive. Whether you are looking to spot eagles, ice fish, snowmobile, hike, snowshoe, ski, snowboard, tube, or just explore, you can find it all around Port Jervis! Don’t forget to grab your gear from Action Bikes and Outdoor or Sawkill Creek Outfitters in Port Jervis! For those looking for accomodations in town the Erie Hotel has a number of rooms or you can rent the Victorian on Orange Square. Some other nearby options include Hampton Inn Matamoras, Cedar Lakes Estates or Hotel Fauchere. Don’t forget to support our local restaurants and businesses in Port Jervis.
Mongaup Valley WMA eagle blinds- 20 minutes
West End Beach in Port Jervis
Bashakill Marsh- 20 minutes
Lily Pond- 20 minutes
Shohola Marsh Reservoir- 25 minutes
White Deer Lake- 30 minutes
Edgemere-Pecks Pond- 30 minutes
Promised Land State Park and Delaware Forest- 30 minutes
Stewart State Forest- 40 minutes
Hiking, Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
High Point Cross Country Ski Center- 15 minutes
Snow Tubing, snowboarding and Skiing
Mountain Creek- 35 minutes
Holiday Mountain- 35 minutes
Mount Peter- 40 minutes
Ski Big Bear (snowboarding and skiing)- 45 minutes
Sawkill Falls (pictured) and Savantine Falls are both accessible from Huckleberry Trail. It is a twenty minute drive to trailhead parking lot at Lily Pond in Delaware State Park.
Snowshoeing on the Delaware and Hudson Canal and Gravity Railroad Trail in Port Jervis. Until our next snowstorm, there are plenty of places nearby in the Catskills and Poconos to enjoy the snow.