The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Pennsylvania / New Jersey
The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area encompasses 67,000 acres of mountain ridge, forest and floodplain on both sides of the Delaware River in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. From the southern end of the park, you can view the S-shaped chasm of the Delaware Water Gap, where the river cuts a twisting path through 1,400-foot Kittatinny Ridge. Within the river watershed, travelers discover steep wooded-and-rock slopes, bountiful rhododendron, dark hallows, tinsel-like ravines and tumbling waterfalls.
Appalachian Trail, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania remains one of the most forested states in the nation. It includes some of the most intact and bountiful hardwood forest lands, as well as being second only to Alaska in navigable water ways in the US. The Appalachians, which include the Allegheny, Blue Ridge, and Pocono Mountains, are some of the oldest mountains in the world and offer a diverse terrain. Undoubtedly America’s most famous hiking path, the Appalachian Trail (AT) extends 2,174-miles from from Georgia to Maine. Courses will take place in areas considered among of the best sections of the AT in the south central region of Pennsylvania. Students will enjoy historical remnants, rock outcrops with amazing views, creeks, ponds, and beautiful wildlife while passing through multiple passing through multiple state forest and park lands including Michaux State forest and Pine Grove State Park.
Pinelands National Reserve, New Jersey
The Pinelands National Reserve, better know as the “Pine Barrens” of New Jersey, is a unique, beautiful and fascinating biosphere reserve. Miles of rivers course through the Pinelands scenic 1.1 million acres. In 1983, the United Nations designated the Pinelands as a Biosphere Reserve, due to its unique flora and fauna, mixture of coastal wetlands, lowland bogs, and dark pine forest. The Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer, an incredible 17 trillion gallon natural reservoir, underly most of the reserve and is an important water source to the surrounding costal plain.
Philadelphia & Fairmount Park
The City of Philadelphia is rich in history, culture, and green space. Philadelphia hosts the largest maintained city park in the country (over 10,000 acres). The Philadelphia Outward Bound School is located in East Fairmount Park, which serves as a convenient base camp and starting location to all of our wilderness, urban, and Circuit expeditions. All of our one-day programs are located just minutes from our base camp at our Wissahickon Valley Park High Ropes Course or on our Aerial Teams Challenge course at The Discovery Center.