« on: August 12, 2013, 01:57:55 pm »
There are not too many ways into the DWG from the southeast. You can get there a couple ways from U.S. 206/CR 521. One is Tuttles Corner-Dingmans Rd. (CR 560) or you can start at the very north end of the DWG National Recreation Area at Old Mine Rd. where it intersects U.S. 206. CR 560 and U.S. 206 can be very busy at times. (Google Maps shows a Bevans Rd. coming off U.S. 206/CR 521. I believe that road is not really there anymore.) The only other way over the ridge and into the DWG is via Millbrook Rd. off SR 94 at Blairstown. That's a nice, multi-mile climb with a few very steep parts before a screaming downhill to Old Mine Rd. at Millbrook Village. At that point, you only have about 9 miles down Old Mine Rd. until you hit the pedestrian walkway along I-80 into Delaware Water Gap, PA. In other words, you don't get to ride much (or the nicest part) of the national recreation area if you enter via Millbrook Rd.
Also understand that the only way you can actually ride into NJ from Manhattan is via the George Washington Bridge, which is up north. Otherwise, you have to take a train or the ferry. Navigating the extremely developed and in many places industrialized area of NJ just west of NYC (e.g., Newark, the Oranges) can be extremely tricky and unpleasant..
If you really want to ride through the DWG National Recreation Area, I would take the train at least part of the way into NJ or NY. For example, you can take the PATH train or ferry (the latter is a nice ride) from Manhattan to Hoboken, NJ and catch the Port Jervis line to Port Jervis and pick up the ACA route there. Or you can get off earlier at Middletown, NY and ride down U.S. 6 to Port Jervis. Or you can take some lesser roads from Middletown through Otisville and then ride down U.S. 209 to Port Jervis. The train ride eventually becomes pretty scenic once it gets into the countryside. It crosses the Moodna Viaduct, which the longest and highest rail bridge east of the Mississippi River.
If you are dead set on riding from NYC itself, there are a few state bike routes that you can combine to get to Middletown and, I believe, Port Jervis.
The ACA route has a spur that utilizes train service to Summit, but it takes you pretty straight into Lambertvile, NJ which is way south of the DWG and misses the fabulous stretch down the Delaware River.