• 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 »

Superintendent's Statement

A statement by the park's superintendent on the occasion of the park's 40th anniversary
on September 1, 2005.

John Muir once reminded us that all things in the universe are connected and you cannot separate a flower from a star. That sentiment is embodied by the longest free flowing river in the Eastern United States - the Delaware. The river ties three states together and weaves an intricate tapestry of natural and cultural resources found throughout this ancient valley.

From ridge top in New Jersey to ridge top in Pennsylvania, the park preserves an unparalleled experience for visitors. Whether traversing the park on a ridgetop trail or in a canoe on the river, visitors will wind their way through eons of history, archeology, cultural landscapes, watershed dynamics, and geological formations that can be read as easily as the Sunday papers.

Whether you come here seeking solitude or recreation, this park will be here in perpetuity for you and all the generations to come.

Did You Know?


... chief causes of water fatalities on the Delaware River are: (1) swimming without a lifejacket (PFD); (2) trying to swim across the river; and (3) swimming after drinking alcohol. Wear a pfd on and in the river. Swim at lifeguarded beaches. NEVER TRY TO SWIM ACROSS THE RIVER! More...