• 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 »

Environmental Factors

Single tree at the edge of a mountain ridge

Looking east from Skyline Drive near Crater Lake NJ.

Visiting Delaware Water Gap, one feels as if time has stopped. Historic farmhouses and agricultural fields keep the landscape looking as it might have looked in the 1800s.

Yet time has not stopped in Delaware Water Gap and forces both natural and human-made constantly change the land. Erosion and weathering continue the painstaking process of wearing away mountains and changing rock into soil. Water flowing down stream, down river, down hill and freezing and thawing in an endless cycle of winters assists in the process of shaping the landscape.

These forces are natural and the changes they cause are neither positive nor negative, but other factors are also acting on the park and threaten to damage the health of our resources.

The Delaware River is considered to be a river of exceptional water quality and indeed the park works to keep it that way. But the river is not contained within the park, it is merely travelling through, and so the park alone cannot protect the river. It is through the cooperation and efforts of many people and many businesses
in communities neighboring the park that the fate of the river is determined.

 

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...