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 »
From the lush banks alongside Old Mine Road to the hiking trails through forests and along streams, ferns thrive throughout the park.
After remaining mostly dormant during the winter, evergreen ferns such as the Christmas Fern unwind their scroll-like fiddleheads each spring, revealing beautiful new fronds. Throughout the spring and summer and well into the fall, species like the Evergreen Wood Fern carpet the moist floor of the park's hemlock forests with their size and abundance.
Ferns can also be seen sprouting from the ledges of the park's many beutiful waterfalls, where they benefit from the moist micro-habitat of the splash zone. Dingmans Falls, in particular, is home to a variety of different ferns, from the Rock-Cap Fern stretching precariously out over the falls, to the tiny Maidenhair Spleenwort Fern peeking out from slim rock cracks and crevices.
Already well-established almost 300 million years ago , ferns -- about 70 different fascinating species of them -- await the visitor now.
Did You Know?
... 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...