• 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.


A lifeguarded swinning area on a river
A beautiful day at Smithfield Beach
NPS Photo



There are three seasonally-lifeguarded beaches in the park where visitors can safely enjoy a swim in the Delaware River.

The beaches also have picnic tables and restroom facilities. If you plan to grill, you must bring your own grill. Beaches are open from dawn until dusk.

Visitors to the park's beaches must pay an entrance fee (in season). This fee must be paid, even when park visitor use assistants are not on duty, using the fee envelopes and our fee boxes. Cost per vehicle is $7 on weekdays and $10 on weekends and holidays; the cost to pedestrians and bicyclists is $1 per person.


Water safety



The recreation area staffs Milford Beach PA and Smithfield Beach PA with lifeguards in summer. Swimming elsewhere is not recommended, as strong currents, sharp drop-offs, and constantly changing river conditions make many areas unsafe for swimming.

The park strongly recommends the use of PFD's (life vests) when swimming in the river or in lakes and ponds. NEVER SWIM ALONE.

NEVER try to swim across the river! Currents are deceiving -- many people have drowned attempting to swim from one side of the river to the other.

Swimming Restrictions

Swimming is NOT allowed at Dingmans Falls PA, George W. Childs Recreation Site PA, Kittatinny Point NJ, or Van Campens Glen NJ. Swimming is NOT allowed within 50 feet of a boat launch, a canoe launch, or the top of any waterfall.


Alcoholic beverages are permitted only in some areas of the park. Please review the park's alcohol policy.

Expanded Amenity Fees for parking at boat ramps

Swim Safe!/Su chaleco salvavidas | Surviving the Sun

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...