• 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.

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road covered with debris after flooding
Many roads were flooded or otherwised damaged during Hurricane Irene.
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News Release Date: September 4, 2011
Contact: Deb Nordeen
Contact: Kathleen Sandt

Damage assessment and clean-up are progressing more quickly than expected at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area announced Park Superintendent John J. Donahue this morning. The damage to park facilities caused by Hurricane Irene just over a week ago was extensive and widespread, but park employees, with the assistance of National Park Service staff members from Acadia, Chatahoochie and Shenandoah National Parks, The Olmstead Center for Landscape Preservation, the National Capitol Regional Office, and the Northeast Regional Office began opening some park roads and facilities today.

Park roads and facilities re-opening today include:

ROADS:

  • River Road
  • Old Mine Road from Worthington State Forest to Millbrook Village
  • Route 602

RIVER and TRAILS:

  • Raymondskill Falls and Cliff Park Trails
  • McDade Recreational Trail is open with the exception of a section between Pittman and Conashaugh Trailheads
  • The Delaware River Corridor

FACILITIES:

  • Kittatinny Point Visitor Center and Picnic Area
  • Milford and Smithfield Beaches will be open for picnicking only
  • Milford, Bushkill, Dingmans, Eshback, and Smithfield Beach Canoe and Boat Accesses
  • Hialeah Picnic Area

Maintenance crews are still working in many areas of the park to assess damage and cleanup after Irene as quickly as possible, but some facilities will remain closed indefinitely until repairs can be made. Popular destinations such as Millbrook Village, Dingmans Falls, and Kittatinny Point Canoe Access are among those what will remain

closed until conditions are safe for visitor access. In addition to protecting the park's natural, cultural and recreational resources, employee and visitor safety is a top priority.

Updated information will also be posted on the park's website, www.nps.gov/dewa, on www.facebook.com/DelWaterGapNPS, and www.twitter.com/DelWaterGapNPS.

Did You Know?

A small steamboat passing a beach with rowboats

... 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...