• 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 »

Amphibians

Tannish frog with large dark-brown spots

Northern Leopard Frog

NPS Photo by Dan Mohr

The recreation area boasts 25 species of frogs,toads and salamanders which live or breed in the park's diverse aquatic and wetland habitats.

Visitors may glimpse red-backed salamander, or perhaps the northern dusky salamander, under a rotting log. On rainy nights in late winter, look for spotted newts, wood frogs and Jefferson and spotted salamanders crossing roads on their way to breeding ponds. Soon after, a deafening chorus of spring peepers will announce spring's arrival.

With the coming of warmer weather and longer days, visitors to any of the park's lakes or ponds are sure to hear the bellow of the bullfrog.

 

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...