• 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 »

Mammals

a tan deer with 6 points on his antlers

Six point crossing! a buck along the road.

NPS Photo by Dan Mohr

Mammals are animals that have hair at some point in their lives, produce milk to feed their young, and maintain a constant body temperature (are "warm-blooded"). Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is contains a variety of habitats suitable for many types of mammals.

Under the leaf litter, you may find mice and shrews. In more open areas look for groundhogs, cottontail rabbits, weasels, skunks, red fox, coyotes and white-tailed deer. Along our waterways look for raccoons, muskrats, mink, beaverand if you're lucky enough, you might even see some otters frolicking along the bank. In the forest, look for gray squirrels (some are jet black), gray fox (above), and black bear. At dusk, look up to see different species of bats honing in on mosquitoes and moths, and flying squirrels gliding their way from tree to tree.

Whether you're hiking, paddling or just driving through, there are many species of mammals to see throughout the park- just remember to keep your eyes and ears open!

 

Did You Know?

2012_dykHEMLOCK

... that hemlock groves in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area are threatened by a non-native insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid. Hemlocks provide shade for spectacular rhodondenron, for trout streams, and for native wildflowers. As hemlocks weaken and die, they are cut down for your safety. More...