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.
Park Road Repair Projects to Start August 18
Contact: Chiara Palazzolo, Project Manager, (570) 296-6952, extension 16
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announced today that the long awaited "emergency relief for federally owned roads" (ERFO) project will start on August 18, 2014. The project was awarded to Rutledge Excavating from Tyler Hill, PA.
Emergency repair projects from Hurricane Irene were started over a year ago, but portions of the repairs required additional permits.The road project includes: improvements to Dingmans Falls Road and Zimmermann Road, stream bank stabilization at Toms Creek and Dingmans Creek, and debris removal from three McDade Trail bridges (Hornbecks, Mill Creek, and Brodhead).
During work on Dingmans Falls Road, the entire site (including the trail, visitor center, and road) will be closed for 30 days to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Visitor and worker safety requires that the site be closed to all traffic during this period. The project will involve hauling and placing large boulders for stream bank restoration. Work is expected to begin on September 3. Work on Zimmermann Road will also require an area closure, which will affect the road, trailhead, and a portion of Conashaugh Trail. Toms Creek Picnic Area will not require any closures during stream bank stabilization, but the immediate stream area will be closed to anglers. Hikers and bikers on McDade Trail may be temporarily detained at the three bridges listed above during debris removal.
Depending on favorable weather conditions, the project should be completed by mid- to late-November. Motorists should expect minor delays due to heavy equipment maneuvering in the area. The project is managed by the National Park Service with ERFO funding from the Federal HighwayAdministration.
Did You Know?
... that the Appalachian Trail (AT) runs more than 25 miles through Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The AT crosses the Delaware River and the Water Gap on a walkway on the Interstate-80 bridge. With bus service to New York and Philadelphia nearby, a hike on the AT is only a ride and a backpack away! More...