Current Conditions


A sign that states "Area Closed" along a fence with trees in the background.
Area closures are for the protection of both our visitors and of the resources.

NPS Photo / Victoria Stauffenberg

Temporary Area Closures in the Park

The following areas within the park are closed to visitors due to construction or seasonal operations.

New Jersey Road Closures

Construction Closures

  • Watergate Recreation Site - More info available here.

Road Closures

  • Route 615 from Pompey Ridge Road to the Flatbrook Bridge
  • Mountain Road from Buttermilk Falls south to Hainey Mills

Seasonal Winter Conditions

Old Mine Road:

  • The section of Old Mine Road between the Worthington State Forest boundary and Millbrook Village and the dirt section of Old Mine Road near Van Campen Inn will be CLOSED for winter.

  • The northern section of Old Mine Road between Mettler Road and the intersection with Route 206 will receive NO WINTER MAINTENANCE. This 4-mile section of road will not be plowed or treated for ice and may be closed if safety hazards arise. Depending on the weather, roads may be snow-covered and icy. Travel on this section of road is at your own risk. Cell phone service is not reliable.

Other New Jersey Road Closures:

  • Blue Mountain Lakes Road will remain open to the parking area for the Blue Mountain Lakes trail and will be closed to vehicles beyond that point for the season.
  • Mountain Road will be closed to vehicles for the winter, but visitors may walk, snowshoe, or cross-country ski on the road.
  • Jager Road, from Old Mine Road to the park boundary will receive no winter maintenance.

Pennsylvania Road Closures

Construction Closures

  • George W. Childs Park and associated trails
  • National Park Drive (including Slateford Bridge)
  • Route 611 Scenic Drive from Delaware Water Gap to Slateford
    • Includes Resort Point, Point of Gap, and Arrow Island Overlooks during construction

Seasonal Winter Conditions

  • US Route 209 is the top priority road for winter maintenance and treatment in Pennsylvania
  • River Road in PA will be closed prior to snow and/or ice events and will not be re-opened until priority routes are clear and safe and conditions permit
  • Zion Church Road will be plowed after River Road has been opened
A road winding through a snowy forest.
Snowy days in the park are great for snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

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Visitor Use Sites

Trail Accesses

All trails that are currently open will remain open during the winter, but trailhead parking will be dependent on conditions and may be limited in some areas. Trailhead parking areas that will remain open during the winter months will not be cleared of ice and snow until after all priority routes are clear and safe for travel.

  • McDade Recreational Trail parking areas will be plowed after all other roads and facilities have been completed (EXCEPT Jerry Lees and Venturo which will receive no winter maintenance)
  • The Cliff Park trailhead parking area will receive no winter maintenance and will be open as conditions allow

Closed from January 2 or first significant snowfall:

  • The parking lot and access road to Dingmans Falls will be closed to vehicles, but visitors may walk, ski, snowshoe to and on the trail

  • The upper parking lot for Raymondskill Falls will be closed. Restrooms will also be closed

River Accesses

These areas will be closed temporarily during a storm and re-opened after priority routes are clear and safe for travel. River ice may limit access depending on conditions. The NPS does not clear river ice from launch areas.

River access will be available at:

  • Dingmans Access
  • Milford Beach
  • Bushkill Access
  • Eshback Access will remain open but will receive no winter maintenance


Restrooms are available in New Jersey at:

  • Kittatinny Point Picnic area
  • Blue Mountain Lakes Parking Area
  • Millbrook Village

Restrooms are available in Pennsylvania at:

  • Dingmans Access
  • Bushkill Meeting Center - McDade Trailhead
  • Bushkill Access
  • Hidden Lake
  • Toms Creek
  • Milford Beach

All restrooms with running water will be closed for the winter including indoor spigots.

Infographic with guidelines on safe recreation
Hiking safely means planning before you go. Don't forget to let someone know your hiking plans.

NPS Graphic

Limited Services Available: Visit Responsibly

Most park trails are open, but some bathrooms are closed and services are limited. Law enforcement is on duty. All park regulations apply.

  • Avoid crowded trailheads
    If the parking lot is full, find a different trail. There are many available to you.
  • Park only in designated areas
    Illegally parked cars will be ticketed and towed.
  • Maintain social distance
    Even when outside, stay at least 6 feet from other people.
  • Pack out your trash
    Please help us keep you, wildlife, and employees safe.
  • Hike Safely
    Protect search and rescue personnel. Stay out of closed areas, mark the location of your car, and know your limits.

Last updated: November 15, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
P.O. Box 2

Bushkill, PA 18324


570 426-2452

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