Hornbecks Creek Trail Partial Closure
The trail is closed between the first and second waterfall; a portion of the trail has sloughed off, causing a hazardous condition. The first waterfall is accessible from the 209 trailhead and the second waterfall is accessible from Emory Road.
Dingmans Falls Area and Road Closed
Dingmans Falls Visitor Center, the boardwalk trail to the falls, and the access road are closed through while repairs to the road are made. We anticipate the area reopening in mid-November.
Backpacking along the Appalachian Trail
Within the recreation area, backcountry camping is permitted only along the Appalachian Trail and only for hikers on extended trips. An extended hiking trip is planned for two or more days, with camping occurring more then 1/2 mile from the departure point.
For regulations and a map of areas where backpacker campsites are permitted, please link to the park's bulletin on the Appalachian Trail. (pdf file)
For the sections of the AT that lead to Sunfish Pond, or Rattlesnake Swamp please link to the park's Hiking Bulletin. (pdf file)
Mohican Outdoor Center, a facility of the Appalachian Mountain Club is located less than 1/2 mile off the Appalachian Trial in New Jersey. The nearest trail shelters to the recreation area are Kirkridge PA, 6.4 miles south of the Interstate 80 bridge, and Brink Road Shelter in Stokes State Forest NJ, 2.4 miles north of the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain.
NOTE: The water pump along Blue Mountain Lakes Road no longer works.
Did You Know?
... that in the 1750s, the northwest border of New Jersey (now Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area) was a frontier of the English colonies. In the French & Indian (Seven Years) War, a string of forts protected these settlements. The sites of seven of these outposts are in the park. More...