• 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.

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

 

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

Amphibians
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.

Birds
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..

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

Insects
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)

Mammals
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)

Reptiles
Snakes and Sense (safety page)

 

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...