• 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.

People: Volunteers/Volunteer Efforts

Cordelia Cafone, demonstrator at Millbrook

Weaving demonstration at Millbrook Village NJ

New Jersey

Several groups augment the recreation area's maintenance and interpretive programs by presenting historic sites to the public. Montague Association for Restoration of Community History (M.A.R.C.H.) operates two historic properties in Montague, NJ, and has been particularly successful in establishing exhibits from donations made by past residents of the area. M.A.R.C.H. offers tours, lectures, and special holiday events. Just occupying the once-vacant structures is, in itself, a priceless form of upkeep.

Millbrook Village Society has spearheaded the raising of two barns and a 19th century gristmill, filling voids left in the village from arson and a failed dam project. The society supplies demonstrators and craftsmen to interpret lifeways to thousands of visitors during Millbrook Days, held each year. Volunteers operate a wagon shop, blacksmith shop, and woodworking shop open to the public.

Walpack Historical Society formed in 1986 to preserve the heritage of the Walpack Center Historic District on the New Jersey side of the park. The Society supplies docents to interpret the nearby Van Campen Inn, holds an annual Van Campen Day, reports any area vandalism to the park.

 
Zimmerman House

Open House at the Marie Zimmermann Home PA.

Pennsylvania

The Friends of Marie Zimmermann have helped the park in other ways. While park staff coordinates construction planning to restore the Marie Zimmermann House, Friends volunteers help maintain the grounds and promote local interest. Members were instrumental in requesting rehabilitation funds from Congress in the first place - something the park cannot do of its own.

Educating the public about park resources and giving historic properties that "cared for look," the park has witnessed a reduction in vandalism since the turbulent 1970s. Volunteers have helped show the way to a more promising future for the preservation of our park resources.

 
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Cutting the ribbon on McDade Trail PA in 2002.

Throughout the Park

A large effort from outside the park provides thousands of hours of care. On and Under the Delaware, a yearly river clean-up sponsored by Kittatinny Canoes, helps restore and preserve the recreational value of the river by removing tons of litter and debris every year. Photos and accounts of the participants would indicate that they enjoy the effort as well.

The Friends of the Park encompass all areas of the park's resources and promote and support the park's programs, fund raise, and sponsor a yearly lecture series on the park's resources.

 

Did You Know?

Sketch of a shiny, silvery, oval shaped fish with smallish fins

... that shad have made a comeback in the Delaware River, due to pollution control. This member of the herring family lives its adult life in the ocean, but travels up rivers and streams to spawn. Each spring, anglers follow the "shad run" up the Delaware River to catch these hard-fighting fish. More...