• 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.

Bears and Your Safety

Black bear in corn field

Black bear in corn field

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Black Bears

The park is home to hundreds of black bears. These bears are smaller than brown bears seen in the West, and they are generally peaceful, but they are still wild animals and can seriously maul and injure people.

If you see a cub, be aware that its mother is probably nearby. Leave the cub alone. Do not approach or annoy any bear, especially a mother or cub. Keep your pet leashed and away from bears.

 
palm of a bear's paw

Don't Kill a Bear

If you feed a bear, or leave food around for the bear to find, you "teach" the bear to approach people. Bears that approach people can be easily hit by cars or shot by poachers. Problem bears, ones that annoy or threaten people, must be trapped and removed from the park, or even destroyed.

People feeding bears are also a serious safety problem. If you feed a bear, you can be fined up to $5,000 and jailed for up to 6 months.

 
Black bear running through a field.

Bear on the run

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Prevention

Don't leave food at a campsite or picnic site; store food in the trunk of a car, if possible.

Clean up all food scraps from your site; don't leave garbage around over-filled garbage cans.

Never feed a bear.

Did You Know?

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

... that shad have made a comeback in the Delaware River, due to pollution control. This member of the herring family lives its adult life in the ocean, but travels up rivers and streams to spawn. Each spring, anglers follow the "shad run" up the Delaware River to catch these hard-fighting fish. More...