• 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.

  • 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.

Feature Pages on Animals

Beaver moving smoothly through water
Best paddle on the river: the American Beaver.
NPS Photo by Dan Mohr.

Most of these features were first published in the park's newsletter, Spanning the Gap, (STG). For related pages in this website, look up the feature by year under:
NEWS: Park Newspaper-Archive of Back Issues of STG, by year


Winter Survival (STG: Fall & Winter 1989 Vol. 11 No. 3) How animals survive the winter.

Cover Me! "Nights of Migrating Dangerously" end as the park closes River Road to protect amphibians (STG: Spring 2003 Vol. 25 No. 1) The closing of River Road during amphibian migration season.

Eagles Along the Delaware (STG: Winter 1983 Vol. 6 No. 3) A brief guide to eagle watching.
The Elusive Wild Turkey (STG: Spring 1984 Vol. 7 No. 1) Re-introducing and hunting the species..
Hawk Migration (STG: Fall 1988 Vol. 10 No. 3) Watching the migration in the park.
Watching T.V. (STG: Summer 1992 Vol. 14, No. 2) Turkey vultures in the recreation area.
Catch a Wave (STG: Spring 1994 Vol. 16, No. 1) The springtime migration of warblers in the recreation area.
Wintering Eagles at the Gap (STG: Spring 1999 Vol. 21, No. 4) Where to look for eagles..

Shad Run (STG Spring 1989 Vol. 11 No. 1) The comeback life of this Delaware River fish.
Eating the Fish (safety page)

The Gypsy Moths Are Here (STG: Spring 1990 Vol. 11, No. 4) On the arrival of gypsy moth infestation in the recreation area.
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. (STG: Fall & Winter 1992 Vol. 14, No. 3) The arrival of HWA hemlock woolly adelgid in the recreation area.
What's in that Tree? (STG: Fall/Winter 1993/1994 Vol. 15, No. 3) Fall webworms and their effect on the recreation area.
Mosquitoes | Ticks (safety pages)

The Black Bear (STG: Spring, Summer and Fall 1993 Vol. 15, Nos. 1, 2 and 3) A three-part account of the black bear's activities through the seasons.
50 Years of Fire Prevention (STG: Spring 1994 Vol. 16, No. 1) A look at Smokey Bear on the 50th anniversary of his creation.
Black Bears/Los Osos Negros (safety page)

Snakes and Sense (safety page)


Did You Know?

A small steamboat passing a beach with rowboats

... that a century before this recreation area was formed, the Delaware Water Gap was touted as a Wonder of the World, and drew vacationers via rail lines from Philadelphia and New York City. There were trails to stroll, verandas for viewing the gap, and a steamboat for moonlight cruises. More...