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 »
Much of the recreation area can be viewed and enjoyed from the comfort of your vehicle. The following tips and links will help you make the most of your drive, and help you enjoy a safe visit.
Always observe the speed limit, and watch out for local wildlife. Bears, deer, and other wildlife will often cross the road and can create hazards around blind turns.
There are three overlooks in Pennsylvania along Route 611 which offer views of the Delaware River and the Delaware Water Gap-but from ground level. For dramatic views of the river valley from above, you will need to leave the car behind and take a hike.
Buttermilk Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in New Jersey, is accessible by motor vehicle. Dingmans Falls, while not necessarily drivable, is wheelchair and stroller accessible via a short boardwalk. Other falls can only be discovered on foot.
Millbrook Village, Walpack Center, and Peters Valley are all charming points of interest for your scenic driving tour of the New Jersey side of the park.
It is possible to plan a driving circuit around the park, following the river up one side and down the other. However, seasonal and emergency road closures and road conditions may pose a challenge for motorcycles and some motor vehicles.
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...