• 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.

McDade Trail

McDade Trail is a 32-mile trail along the Pennsylvania side of the park. The trail passes through forested areas and farm fields and past views of the river and cliffs, Terrain varies from rugged foot trail to wide gravel paths. Trailheads provide access every 0.5 to 5.3 miles. The trail is open to hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and restricted pet-walking. No motorized vehicles are permitted.

Seasonal Restrictions
The trail between Pittman Orchard and White Pines Trailhead is closed from December 1 to August 15 yearly for resource protection; most of this section allows hiking ONLY when it is is open. Please observe restrictions posted on bulletin boards at these trailheads.
River Road may close after snowfalls or heavy rain and windstorms.
Freeman Tract Road and Community Drive are township roads with no winter service


Pets are not permitted at beaches in summer.
Pets must be on a 6-foot leash.
Pets are not permitted from a point 1/4 mile north of the boat launch at the north end of Smithfield Beach to the first footbridge south of the canoe launch at the south end of Smithfield Beach from June 1 to Sept. 8 yearly. The rest of the year, pets may pass through Smithfield Beach.


There is no fee to use the trail.
Milford and Smithfield Beaches,and Bushkill Access require a fee in season to park. All other trailheads are free. Persons on the trail who stop and use the beaches must pay a $1.00 walk-in fee.
Some access points do not have trail parking.


Color Map of McDade Trailheads with suggested trip/sections along the trail.


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...