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.
Final Impact Statement (EIS) on Power Line
BUSHKILL, PA - The National Park Service announced today that the Susquehanna to Roseland Transmission Line Right-of-Way and Special Use Permit Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is now available. The Final EIS reviews the proposal of PPL Electric Utilities and Public Service Electric and Gas to construct a new 500 kV transmission line, replacing an existing 230 kV line.
In December of 2011, the National Park Service issued the Draft EIS to evaluate the impacts of the transmission line project on National Park Service lands, including the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In March of 2012, the NPS identified a preferred alternative to be evaluated in the Final EIS, based on public comments and public meetings, that the proposed Susquehanna-Roseland power line expansion project would follow the route of the existing transmission line.
The Record of Decision, signed by the Regional Director of the Northeast Region, will be executed by the NPS no sooner than 30 days from the date of publication of the Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Final EIS in the Federal Register by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Electronic copies of the Final EIS are available for public review online at: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/dewa.
Hard copies or compact disks (CDs) of the Final EIS are being mailed to those who have previously requested them. Hardcopies are also available at local libraries. A limited number of CDs and hard copies of the Final EIS are available at the DEWA headquarters, 1978 River Road, Bushkill, Pennsylvania 18324
Did You Know?
... that a century before this recreation area was formed, the Delaware Water Gap was touted as a Wonder of the World, and drew vacationers via rail lines from Philadelphia and New York City. There were trails to stroll, verandas for viewing the gap, and a steamboat for moonlight cruises. More...