Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River
|Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River|
|Location||Pennsylvania & New York, United States|
|Nearest city||Honesdale, PA|
|Area||55,575 acres (22,490 ha)-only about 30 acres (12 ha) are federally owned|
|Established||1978 added to Wild and Scenic Rivers System|
|Visitors||251,083 (in 2005)|
|Governing body||National Park Service|
|Website||Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River|
The Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River is located near Narrowsburg, New York, and Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania, on the Delaware River. It includes parts of five counties along this section of the river: Delaware, Orange, and Sullivan in New York, and Pike and Wayne in Pennsylvania.
The Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River stretches along approximately 73.4 miles (118.1 km) of the Delaware River from Hancock, New York, to Sparrowbush, New York. Most of the land in this unit of the National Park System is privately owned, the federal government owns only approximately 30 acres (12 ha). Within the park are the remains of the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This canal operated from 1828 to 1898 carrying anthracite coal and other regional products to the Hudson River where the products were shipped to various markets including New York City. The Delaware and Hudson Canal Company is considered one of the first private million dollar companies in the United States. Some of the remains of the canal are a National Historic Landmark.
More than 14,000 acres within the watershed of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River are protected by conservation easements enacted by willing private property owners and held by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy land trust, which was founded by Barbara Yeaman in 1994.
- Hauser Hahn, Carla (July 5, 2006). "Roebling Bridge Reopens to Vehicular Traffic". Nat'l Park Service. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
- "A Living Legacy: Delaware Highlands Conservancy founder Barbara Yeaman". Our Country Home. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
- "Barbara Yeaman: Legacy of a Lifetime - Conserveland". Conserveland. Retrieved 2016-03-15.
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