Turtle Beach~ the Delaware Water Gap. However, I didn’t see any turtles.


Turtle Beach

Old Mine Road
Delaware Water Gap
(Near the southern end of the National Park)

Part 4 of 4 of the Delaware Water Gap Series.

Here it is…..The infamous, Turtle Beach! I heard about Turtle Beach prior to our trip as something to definitely check out. However, I was not able to find much information about the beach prior to traveling. This was at the top of my list to see in The Delaware Water Gap.


Turtle Beach, Delaware Water Gap

If you have been hiking, biking, or enjoying the lush greenery offerings….
This is a great place to cool off and go for a swim.

There are bathroom/changing room facilities on the premises. As well as, lifeguards on the summer weekends for your safety.


Picture of the lifeguard area and beach from the water

You may also fish here. Just go towards the end of the beach.

You don’t want to be snagging the folks here, do ya?
Well, unless you are into catching some humans.

The only thing about Turtle Beach is that you have to pay for admission. It is $7 for an entire carload.

However, the Yummygal and Beautyspots found a way around this. Of course, we don’t mind paying the entrance fee. However, I am always trying to help folks in these tough economic times to save some dough.

Here’s a little trick. Come during the week. No crowd. Probably one or two groups will be around.

Instead of parking in the reserved lot.
Park before the bridge leading to the Turtle Beach entrance of the parking lot. (southbound side of Old Mine Rd.)


Park before this guy. There is an asphalt parking spot near the road. It’s a short walk to the entrance.

There is still a fee, but if you “walk or bike in” instead of parking on the premises…

It’s just 1 buckaroo!
See……I saved you some cash my friends.


Near entrance

Pay at the pay station/entrance and you are well on your way.

Take a short little hike on this path.


The path to Turtle Beach

Around that bend you see there. Is this big boy.


Turtle Beach, Delaware Water Gap

The beach only spans about 100ft. There are buoys for your protection. The tide can be fairly strong at times. Don’t swim too far out! People die on a yearly basis because they don’t realize how strong the current is.


Out swimming, baby!

The clean and refreshing Delaware river (The cleanest river on the east coast, FYI). It’s a great spot to check out the local wildlife.


Yup, a beauty!

It’s fantastic that there are facilities here. Charcoal grills are scattered throughout for your fun and blissful day.

Perhaps, cook up some fish that you caught at Turtle Beach?

Ahhhh. The good life. The bass are known to be huge here.


Sandcastle at Turtle Beach.


The Yummygal cooling off at the end of the eventful journey in the Delaware Gap

I enjoyed the peace and quiet. Also, there was a lack of bugs. Most of my adventures as of late have had lots of bugs around and bug spray has been quite necessary.

This was quite lovely and refreshing.


A family making memories 🙂

I sure hope you’ve enjoyed my series on the Delaware Water Gap. There will be plenty more in the foreseeable future!


The Beautyspots and the Yummygal enjoyed their day at Turtle Beach

If you want more privacy, but still want to swim and cool off….Check out my Coppermine Trail secret beach post. (Plus, doesn’t cost a thing.)

Enjoy the serenity my friends!


Turtle Beach, she’s a keeper

6 thoughts on “Turtle Beach~ the Delaware Water Gap. However, I didn’t see any turtles.

  1. Wow- my experience was SOOO different. I took my 5 year old boy to Turtle Beach yesterday (Sunday) after hiking for a couple hours. It was absolutely ghetto. People drinking beer openly, throwing trash and hot coals all over the place, and using profanity very loudly. After this write-up my hope is renewed and maybe I plan to go on a weekday. The place looks so serene and wonderful in your pictures.

    • I forgot to mention the LOUD music coming from a bunch of different people playing all different stuff. Not a ranger or cop to be found. Like I said, your post gives me hope and I will try taking off work sometime soon to avoid the seedy atmosphere. Any advice for swimming areas (guarded or not) by the Gap would be appreciated.

    • Hi Matt, We did go on a weekday and was very peaceful and serene as you say. There were 2 families with kids. The one family was swimming in the water and the other family was fishing. We went on a Friday. Did they not have lifeguards on duty or park police to monitor these morons?? That’s a sin because it’s a beautiful place. It wasn’t ghetto when we went, but I have talked to folks that have been there on the weekends and they say can be extremely busy. I’m sorry to hear this! That’s why if I go next time I’m going to the beach off the coppermine trail parking lot. A 5 year old should not be subjected to that profanity. I hear ya!

      • Read the Coppermone trail post. There’s a small untended trail that will lead you out to a nice beach. It’s not tended so use caution. The island across the way is Poxono island and bald eagles have been spotted there.

  2. Ghetto!!!! This place is disgusting! $10 fee to get in. Not worth a cent. 5 teenage lifeguards sitting on one stand, playing around, listening to loud music, ignoring there job. Come here if you like playing in mud & swimming in it! Foul! It’s a sad place.

    • Someone else had mentioned how ghetto it was here. Sorry to hear that! My experience was great, but came on a weekday and only 3 nice families were here and no lifeguards or music whatsoever. Have you looked at the beach at Coppermine? I posted it a bit back. My next visit, I will probably go to the Coppermine Beach.

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