• Fulmer Falls at George W. Childs Park

    Delaware Water Gap

    National Recreation Area NJ,PA

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  • 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.

  • River Road Closure

    Starting on Monday, September 8, River Road will be closed from Park Headquarters to Smithfield Beach while contractors complete pavement repairs. Access to Smithfield Beach will still be possible. More »

  • Dingmans Falls Area and Road Closed

    Dingmans Falls Visitor Center, the boardwalk trail to the falls, and the access road will be closed through September as repairs to the road are made. We anticipate the area reopening in October.

Features: Forming & Managing the Park

Most of the features below were first published in the park's newsletters, Spanning the Gap (STG, 1985 to 2007) or Guide to the Gap (GTG, 2011 - ), or appeared in the National Park Service's CRM (Cultural Resource Management) Magazine (CRM). For related page in this website for each feature, look up the feature under
NEWS: Park Newspaper>Archive of Back Issues, by year (STG or GTG), or under
NEWS: Park Newspaper>CRM Magazine, by topic

Park Management


Formation of the Park
Major Floods (under Stories)
The Tocks Island Dam Controversy (under Stories)
A History Timeline of the Park ( under Park Management)
From "Wreck-reation" to Recreation Area: A Superintendent's Perspective (CRM Magazine: Saved from the Dam Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Issue Vol. 25 No.3 2002)


Managing the park since 1967
A Plan for Park Trails (STG: Fall 1999 Vol. 21, No. 3) The process for drafting and accepting the Draft Trails Plan for the recreation area in 1999.
Shall We Dance? Partnering with the National Park Service CRM Magazine: Saved from the Dam Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Issue (Vol. 25 No.3 2002)
Peters Valley Crafts Education Center: Managing a Contemporary Crafts Center in a Historic District CRM Magazine: Saved from the Dam Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Issue (Vol. 25 No.3 2002)
Using Cell Phones Means Needing Cell Towers (under People: Recreating)
River Road Rehab: An Update (under Places: Cultural Landscapes)
Dingmans Campground: Welcome (back) ! (STG: Summer/Fall 2005 Vol. 27 No. 1) The concession campground reopens after a three-year hiatus.
Update on Park Projects (STG: Summer/Fall 2006 Vol. 28 No. 1) Childs Park, Valley View Group Campground, NJ Swim Beach and road improvements.
Electric Transmission Lines (STG: Summer 2007 Vol. 29 No. 1) A look at proposed NIETC's and their potential impact on the park.
New Kittatinny Point Visitor Center is Open (STG: Summer 2007 Vol. 29 No. 1) New structure replaces 50-year-old facility damaged by floods.
New Jersey Swim Beach (Turtle Beach) (STG: Summer 2007 Vol. 29 No. 1) A report on the planned facility
National Parks In Depth on the Web (STG: Summer 2007 Vol. 29 No. 1) Tips for researching a park topic on the web.
Childs Park - Renewing a Woodland Paradise (GTG: Summer 2011 Vol. 1 No. 1) History of the park site and its planned rehabilitation.

Did You Know?

A ranger in the uniform of the French and Indian War.

... 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...