• 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.

  • Dingmans Falls Area and Road Closed

    Dingmans Falls Visitor Center, the boardwalk trail to the falls, and the access road are closed through while repairs to the road are made. We anticipate the area reopening in mid-November.

Snakes and Your Safety

Many people fear snakes, especially venomous snakes. Any animal may bite if it is startled, cornered, or threatened. Never approach or handle a snake, and take a moment here to learn where venomous snakes are most likely to be in the park.

 
timber rattlesnake

A timber rattlesnake crosses a grassy patch.

Timber Rattlesnakes

The timber rattlesnake is an endangered species in New Jersey. Typical "rattlesnake country" is the high rocky ridges along the Appalachian Trail.

 
Northern copperhead in a boggy area.

A northern copperhead in a boggy area.

Copperheads

Copperheads are another species of venomous snake found in the park. They are prefer to make their dens on a rocky outcrop near a stream, pond, or bog.

 

Precautions in snake country

  • Be alert when you enter typical snake habitat.
  • Stay on designated trails.
  • Watch your step. Snakes seldom strike unless trampled or bothered and can be camouflaged in leaves and other debris.
  • When climbing or scrambling, don't put your hands and feet into places that you cannot see.
  • If a snake crosses your path, let it pass, and leave it alone.
  • To protect your pet, keep your pet on a 6-foot leash at all times.
  • If you are bitten, remain calm and seek medical attention.

Did You Know?

A ranger testing water quality in a stream.

... that the Middle Delaware River exceeds ordinary federal standards for clean water. Because of this, special higher standards have been set for the river, so it does not "deteriorate" to being just "clean enough." The river in this park is, and will remain, truly "cleaner than clean." More...