• 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 Baptisms in the Park


For assistance with baptism permits call (570) 426-2440.

There is a designated site at Smithfield Beach for river baptisms. The site is a short dirt drive leading to the river from a grassy field at the south of the Smithfield site; the drive is no longer used as a boat ramp. The beach area at Smithfield is about 150 yards to the north, and the drive is separated from the beach by a stand of trees.

Those attending a river baptism will be admitted to Smithfield Beach without having to pay the expanded amenity fee, so long as they only stay for the baptism. If those attending the baptism choose to remain at Smithfield Beach to recreate, picnic, or swim, they must pay the expanded amenity fee. There is no fee to apply to use the baptism site, and no fee to use the site if your application is accepted; nevertheless, a permit is required to use the site for this purpose.

To begin arrangements for a baptism in the park, download and complete this application.
Application for General Use (short form)

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Sketch of a shiny, silvery, oval shaped fish with smallish fins

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