• 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.

Scenic Vistas

View through near mountains to a distant mountain

Walpack Bend, seen from Old Mine Road NJ. In the distance is Pennsylvania's Pocono Plateau.

Some of the finest views and vistas within the park are provided those hale and hearty souls that brave the Appalachian Trail along the ridge of the Kittatinny Mountains on the park's New Jersey side. In the late summer and early fall with the leaves turning colors and large birds of prey migrating south through the valley, a marvelous view-scape of nature awaits those who wish to climb these rocky trails.

Those visitors not so inclined to climb can drive to see their vistas, but usually must wait until the winter and spring to observe the beaty of nature’s landscapes. In these months, the leaves are off the trees and there are more frequent views of the river from the park's main tour roads, Route 209 in Pennsylvania and Old Mine Road in New Jersey. The air during these periods is typically crystal clear.

 

Did You Know?

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... 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...