• 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.

Boating Restrictions



Alcoholic beverages are permitted only on some stretches of the river. Review the park's alcohol policy.


Speed Limits from April 1 to September 30 each year
A no-wake zone is enforced from 500 upstream of the designated swimming area at Turtle Beach to 500 feet downstream of the designated swimming area at Turtle Beach.
A no-wake zone is enforced from Smithfield Boat Access to 500 feet south of the designated swimming area at Smithfield Beach.
A 10 m.p.h. speed limit is enforced on the rest of the length of the river within the park.

There is no longer a designated zone of 35 m.p.h. for waterskiing. Waterskiing and jetskiing are prohibited.


Lifejackets / Personal Flotation Devices (PFD's)

Each occupant on a boat must have a lifejacket (pfd) which fits, is in good shape, and is accessible in an emergency. Children who are 12 years of age and under MUST WEAR A LIFEJACKET on board a vessel.

Lifejackets / Cold Water Safety

In Pennsylvania waters (including the Delaware River) boaters must wear lifejackets on boats less than 16 ft. in length and on canoes and on kayaks, from November 1 through April 30. This regulation is intended to protect boaters from the dangers of cold water shock if they fall into the water.


Canoe Campsites

River & Canoe Campsite Map (pdf file)
Page 1: River Safety; Distances; Camping Regulations
Page 2: River map showing location of campsites
(The full size of this file is legal size 8.5 x 14". Adjust print settings to print on 8.5 x 11" letter-size paper.)


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...