• 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.

General Management Plan 1987

Initial Paragraphs of the General Management Plan, approved May 8, 1987

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and the Middle Delaware National Scenic and RecreationalRiver have been set aside by Congress for public use and the preservation of scenic, scientific, and historic resources. The free-flowing Delaware River cuts through a narrow valley, and the adjacent lands contain streams and waterfalls, geologic features, a variety of plants and wildlife, and cultural resources. Located near the New York City and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, and easily accessible by private vehicle, the area offers a variety of recreational opportunities. These include hiking, swimming, fishing, hunting, boating, pleasure driving, and sight-seeing; learning about natural and cultural history; and enjoying the solitude of a rural environment and a change of pace.

This General Management Plan will guide the overall management and use of the area's resources over the next 10 years, and it will help ensure the perpetuation of the area's natural and cultural resources and the scenic setting for present and future public enjoyment. The plan will also provide the foundation for subsequent detailed implementation plans, programs, and operations


Summary of the General Management Plan 1987 (pdf file 50 pages 4940 KB)

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...