• 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.

Rivers and Streams

view into the sunlight of an island in a large river

Looking downstream at Arrow Island from Mt. Tammany NJ. (Rt. 80 NJ  at the left; Rt. 611 PA at the lower right)

The Delaware River is one of the last large free-flowing rivers left in the contiguous 48 states - one of the last major rivers without any dams or control structures on its main stem. More than 100 miles of the 330-mile long Delaware River have been placed into, and an additional 80-mile section is currently a candidate for, the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The tidal Delaware River and Delaware Bay are part of the National Estuary Program established by the Federal Clean water Act.

As it leaves the Appalachian Plateau at Port Jervis, New York, the slope of the Delaware River flattens somewhat and increases its meander pattern. In this 40 mile reach through the Ridge and Valley Province, the river is confined in a narrow valley surrounded by high hills and mountains.

Numerous islands lie in this reach and many tributaries enter the Delaware River after tumbling over beautiful, multi-stepped waterfalls. Most of this section of river is contained in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, a 70,000-acre unit of the National Park system. River recreation includes fishing, boating, canoeing, and swimming at river beaches. This reach of the Delaware River has also been added to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System as the Middle Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.

The Delaware River breaks out of the Ridge and Valley Province in dramatic fashion, arriving at the Delaware Water Gap, the south end of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. There are many theories as to the formation of the gap. None deny its impressive appearance. During the heyday of Victorian resort hotels, the Water Gap was promoted as the World's Eighth Scenic Wonder.

 

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...