Delays of up to 15 minutes on Rt. 209 starting 5/30 at miles 17.5 to 20. Childs Park is open. Dingmans Falls Visitor Center is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday the rest of the summer. The road to Dingmans Falls is open but NO BUSES or RVs ARE ALLOWED. More »
Nature & Science
Satellite image of the Middle Delaware River. North is at the top. The park boundary is in red. The Water Gap is at the lower left and Walpack Bend is just below the center of the image.
The 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. Among the more surpising species of animals in the park are black bear, timber rattlesnakes, bald eagles, and, recently, nesting peregrine falcons. Ecosystems include hemlock ravines with bountiful rhodendron and ridgetops with prickly pear cactus.
Forty miles of the Middle Delaware River are within the park, as well as trout streams, lakes, ponds, and some of the highest waterfalls of either state. Water quality is exceptional in this section of the valley.The river's path through the mountains includes the S-curves of Walpack Bend and the Delaware Water Gap.
Did You Know?
... that hemlock groves in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area are threatened by a non-native insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid. Hemlocks provide shade for spectacular rhodondenron, for trout streams, and for native wildflowers. As hemlocks weaken and die, they are cut down for your safety. More...