• 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.

Ticks and Your Safety

engorged ticks

Ticks
Ticks are common throughout the recreation area; some carry Lyme Disease. This is a bacterial infection transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tick. The longer that an infected tick feeds on you, the more likely there will be disease transmission. Ticks carrying Lyme disease can also infect you at the same time with other serious diseases, called co-infections.

 
skin with blotch from Lyme disease

Lyme Disease
Lyme Disease is a serious illness that can go undiagnosed if the affected person is not alert to its causes and symptoms, or if the infection is diagnosed but not sufficiently treated. Undiagnosed and untreated Lyme Disease can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system, even years after infection.

Not all tick bites will result in the characteristic "bull's eye rash" shown at right. If you find a tick, especially an engorged tick (shown above), attached to you, remove and save the tick; seek medical attention.

 

Prevention
• Use tick repellents with DEET, according to manufacturer's instructions.
• Wear light colored clothing, long sleeves, and long pants with socks tucked into pants
• Do frequent "tick checks" of yourself and any children with you
• Ticks are common in high grasses, but always check for ticks after any outdoor activities.

Did You Know?

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... that hemlock groves in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area are threatened by a non-native insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid. Hemlocks provide shade for spectacular rhodondenron, for trout streams, and for native wildflowers. As hemlocks weaken and die, they are cut down for your safety. More...