• 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 will be closed through September as repairs to the road are made. We anticipate the area reopening in October.

Feature Pages on Environmental Factors


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


Fire Regime
Rx Fire (STG: Spring 1999 Vol. 21, No. 1) The prescribed fire policy. By Fire Management Officer Doug Riley.
Smokey Bear (under Features: Animals)

Non-Native Species
A Balancing Act
(STG: Summer 1997 Vol. 19, No. 2) The role of resource management in the balance of nature.
Aliens Invade Park! (STG: Fall/Winter 1998 Vol. 20, No. 3) An overview of the exotic plant situation in the recreation area.
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (under Insects)

Water Quality
Acid Rain (STG: Summer 1988 Vol. 10 No. 2) What acid rain is and what it does.
Clean Water (STG: Summer 1988 Vol. 10 No. 2) How water quality is measured for the river.
The River Clean-up (under Features: Volunteers)

Major Floods (under Stories)

Climate Friendly (under Park Planning)


Did You Know?

A ranger testing water quality in a stream.

... that the Middle Delaware River exceeds ordinary federal standards for clean water. Because of this, special higher standards have been set for the river, so it does not "deteriorate" to being just "clean enough." The river in this park is, and will remain, truly "cleaner than clean." More...