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 »
Campfires and Firewood
Fires are permitted only at designated campgrounds and picnic areas. In picnic areas, visitors must bring and use their own grills.
Boaters in river campsites may have campfires in existing metal fire rings only.
Use local firewood only (See quarantine below)
Down (on the ground) and dead wood only may be collected only in areas immediately adjacent to developed campgrounds and river campsites. Cutting down trees that are dead but still standing is prohibited.
To reduce the spread of destructive non-native insects, there is a quarantine on firewood from all areas outside the park.
When camping, use only firewood from local sources. (Firewood at the group campsites will be provided by the park from its hazardous tree cutting program. Local firewood may be purchased at Dingmans Campground PA.)
Do NOT bring firewood from home or from outside the park into the park.
If you have brought in wood from outside the park, check with a ranger or with your campground operator about its proper disposal. You may be asked to burn all of it at your site.
Do NOT bring leftover firewood home with you or bring it to another campground.
N.Y. State Dept. of Environmental Conservation
University of Vermont Entomology Research Laboratory
Midwestern States and Universities combined website on
Did You Know?
... that Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area includes lands which once belonged to 5 New Jersey boy scout camps. Private and religious camps also flourished along the riverbanks that are now part of the park at sites such as Turn Farm PA, Coppermine Inn NJ, and Coppermine Hiking Area NJ. More...