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.
By Public Transportation
This may not seem like a park for the car-less, but in fact you can spend a day or more out of the city, see the Water Gap from several viewpoints, hike along the Appalachian Trail (AT), and take a canoe trip, all without having to get here by car. | Bus service to the village of Delaware Water Gap.
In addition, in 2013, Monroe County Transportation Authority and the park will provide free public transporation through the Pennsylvania side of the park on holidays weekends. The buses also carried kayaks, bicycles, and small canoes. Bus riders enter the park's beaches for free, and could be dropped off and picked up at various trailheads of McDade Trail, as well as Dingmans Campground. | Details
A long day hike or a canoe trip might require an overnight stay. A motel and a resort hotel are within walking distance of the bus station; for details please link to tourist agencies, or search the web for "Hotels Delaware Water Gap PA." There are backpacking sites on the Appalachian Trail (AT) but these are governed by various regulations: please download and review the park bulletin on Hiking & Backpacking the AT.
Did You Know?
... that hemlock groves in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area are threatened by a non-native insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid. Hemlocks provide shade for spectacular rhodondenron, for trout streams, and for native wildflowers. As hemlocks weaken and die, they are cut down for your safety. More...