• 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 are closed through while repairs to the road are made. We anticipate the area reopening in mid-November.

Springs and Seeps

Cliff face covered with water

Seeps along Old Mine Road near Worthington State Forest NJ.

Seeps are areas where groundwater continuously surfaces and trickles down the face of a steep slope or rock outcrop. This tiny flow of water can support a surprisingly diverse community of tiny mosses, lichens, ferns and flowering plants that cling to the rough surface of the rock or slope. Seeps are often found along the uphill side of roads that hug the steep ridges bordering each side of the river.

A spring is an area where groundwater discharges onto the ground surface. The flow can be quite spectacular, as in an artesian well, or it can have the appearance of a small, still pool and only when you look closely do you see moving water. Springs can be found in a variety of places but most are associated with a slope of some sort, such as the lower face of a rolling hill, in the middle of an otherwise dry stream channel or in a broad, low-lying valley between two adjacent hills. Springs serve as a water source for almost every kind of wildlife, as well as early human settlements.


Backcountry water can contain microbes which can make humans sick, even if wildlife drink it without serious effects. All backcountry water, including spring water, should be treated before drinking.

Drinking the Water | Backcountry camping | Canoe Camping


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...